The FAA ruled Nov. 2 that the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority could not ban night operations at Bob Hope Airport. The city had sought to ban flights between 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. AOPA opposed the ban and petitioned the FAA in July to reject the proposal.
Pilots already voluntarily avoid flying at night at the airport, AOPA told the agency. The association also pointed out that a ban would discriminate against general aviation and would create a traffic burden on nearby Van Nuys Airport.
The FAA concurred in its decision, saying that banning flights at night would have a negative impact on aviation commerce and airports in the Los Angeles basin.
“Burbank didn’t prove the case adequately to gain FAA approval,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local advocacy. “AOPA is pleased that the FAA recognized the importance of Bob Hope Airport to the L.A. area.”