Supervisor Rutherford Meets with FAA in Washington, D C

Supervisor Janice Rutherford meets with the FAA in Washington DC, regarding the flight path over mountain communities. (File Photo)

By San Bernardino County

San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford met with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Metroplex, and other staff last week, to discuss the agency’s poor decision to reroute flights over Lake Arrowhead.

Supervisor Rutherford shared the frustration she’s heard from residents who have been impacted by commercial airplane noise since the agency implemented new flight paths in the spring of 2017.

“The FAA officials we met with were very receptive, and offered some good suggestions on how we can continue working with the agency to get residents’ concerns addressed,” Rutherford said.

FAA officials suggested working with the Community Roundtable at Ontario International Airport. These groups are present at many airports around the county. They monitor community concerns and attempt to achieve noise mitigation through a cooperative sharing of authority among the aviation industry, FAA airports and local government.

The airport’s roundtable was previously conducted twice a year, through Los Angeles World Airports. However, the airport is in the process of restarting the group and holding meetings quarterly.

Rutherford also asked FAA officials about noise monitoring to determine exactly how the flight path change, implemented in the spring of 2017, has impacted mountain residents. Officials reported that the agency uses computer modeling, not on-the-ground sound monitoring – to determine noise levels.

Rutherford indicated she plans to talk with ONT officials about the possibility of doing actual sound monitoring to determine the true impact of airplane noise on the mountain residents.

Rutherford and FAA officials also discussed technology that allows the public to track airplane routes and elevations. Residents have reported that flight tracking websites show airplanes flying lower over the mountain communities than the FAA reports.

In the meantime, the FAA recently published documents necessary to reroute night fights around Lake Arrowhead. Officials discussed this during the community meeting held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa on January 25.

More information about the process can be found here: