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Notice of Temporary LAX Air Traffic Flow Changes

Post Date:03/01/2017 8:52 AM


March 2 and 3, 2017
12 AM – 6:30 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conduct testing on March 2 and 3, 2017 to validate certain flight procedures that are part of the Southern California Metroplex project to ensure that the procedures function as intended. These tests will require LAX to temporarily change air traffic flow during these two nights as follows:

  • On Thursday, March 2, from 12 AM to 6:30 AM, LAX will deviate from the usual Over-Ocean Operations and remain in Westerly Operations (aircraft arriving and departing westbound) to accommodate the FAA testing of Metroplex procedures.
  • On Friday, March 3, LAX will conduct Over-Ocean Operations from 12 AM to 2 AM, and then transition to Easterly Operations (aircraft arriving and departing eastbound) from 2 AM to 6:30 AM for the FAA’s testing.

LAX normally operates in Over-Ocean Operations from 12 AM to 6:30 AM, wherein aircraft arrive and depart over the ocean to minimize noise disturbance to the communities directly east of the airport. However, the FAA’s procedure validation testing needs to be performed during the slowest traffic times in the early morning hours and therefore requires the airport to temporarily deviate from the Over-Ocean configuration. Persons living near the airport may notice a change in aircraft flight activity and associated noise during these test periods. 

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