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General Aviation Concerns

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the increase of general aviation activity we have seen at Long Beach Airport (LGB) over the last few years. Identifying the avenues for meaningful and lasting solutions to resolve concerns, especially around the use of leaded fuel, is a top priority for this office. While we hear and understand the concerns and frustration our neighbors are experiencing, it is important to remember that as a City, we do not have local control over federally regulated airspace or flight operations; that is under the regulatory power of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We will continue to work with our federal partners and advocate for our community.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to share your concerns with us, the Long Beach Airport hotline at 562-570-2665 or email at lgbnoise@longbeach.gov, and your federal representatives. We will continue to provide updates as they come on this page and via our weekly newsletters.

Upcoming FAA Public Informational Webinar

On May 14, 2024, we received notice that the FAA and LGB will cohost a public informational webinar on Tuesday, June 25th from 5pm - 7pm. On June 10, 2024, we received notice of the final details and instructions for joining the webinar.

Registration is now available at the FAA Community Engagement website and via this direct link. Registration is not required to attend, however registering early allows attendees to submit questions before the webinar. Attendees may also submit questions during the webinar via the chat feature. The event will be recorded and available for later viewing on YouTube. 

Representatives from various FAA lines of business, LGB staff, members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the Long Beach Airport Association (LBAA) will all be in attendance. Topics of discussion will include:

- FAA's management of Southern California's complex airspace;
- Historic and current general aviation operations at LGB;
- Runway usage at LGB;
- Flight school operations;
- LGB Noise Ordinance; and
- Status of unleaded avgas and its usage at LGB and nationwide.

This webinar is part of the LGB's implementation of Recommendation Three, to Increase Community Outreach and GA Educational Materials, as recommended in the report published on October 31, 2023 and the updated report released on March 15, 2024. In addition, regarding Recommendation Two—to Review Increasing the Noise Ordinance Violation Fee Structure—the City Attorney's Office has submitted a request to the FAA for a legal opinion on a proposal to increase the fines for violations of the LGB Noise Ordinance.

Additionally, the FAA recently posted a Community Education Series of videos to share with communities and address aviation concerns, including topics related to aircraft noise. A variety of factors contribute to aircraft noise that may cause distrubance for residents near airports and below flight paths. In this series, the FAA discusses the causes of noise exposure and how the FAA is collaborating with airports, operators, and communities to address it. 

Timeline of Recent Actions 

Since 2022, a series of actions have been taken by the City Council and Long Beach Airport (LGB) to facilitate the move towards unleaded aviation fuel and addressing general aviation activity. Below is a brief timeline of steps thus far:

June 10, 2024 – City staff released a memo providing the final details and instructions for joining the upcoming FAA public informational webinar, to be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 5pm - 7pm.

May 14, 2024 – City staff released a memo announcing an upcoming FAA public informational webinar, to be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 5pm - 7pm. 

March 15, 2024
 – City staff released an updated report on general aviation at LGB, which also addressed questions brought forward by community members at the Council meeting presentation in December.

January 23, 2024 – City Council voted to take another step in incentivizing the transition to unleaded aviation fuel at LGB. With this vote, the city will implement a new subsidy program to offset unleaded fuel costs for general aviation users. LGB is one of a handful of airports across the nation to offer local subsidies and incentives as we continue to advocate for federal regulations.

January 2024 – Councilwoman Kerr met with Congresswoman Barragan to discuss the continued partnership and work needed to address the general aviation activity, including the use of unleaded aviation fuel at Long Beach Airport. She also met with the Long Beach Airport Association and shared the concerns of the residents. Additionally, Councilwoman Kerr and her Chief of Staff attended Congresswoman Nanette Barragan’s Community Meeting in Cal Heights.

December 2023 – The City Council received a presentation from the Airport and City Attorney that provided an opportunity for Councilmembers and the public to hear and discuss the details of the Oct. 31 report in depth with the relevant departments, to answer any questions, and to clarify any confusions. The City also came up with 7 recommendations that the City and appropriate city departments, including the city attorney, continue to work on:

1. Pursue Voluntary Agreements with LGB Flight Schools
2. Review Increasing the Noise Ordinance Violation Fee Structure
3. Increase Community Outreach and GA Educational Materials
4. Support Strong Federal Advocacy for Lead-Free Skies
5. Confer with FAA on Feasible Operational Solutions
6. Explore Additional Incentives for Unleaded Fuel and Fly Friendly Program
7. Explore with FAA a Temporary Moratorium on New Flight School Business Licenses.

December 6, 2023 – Councilwoman Kerr traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the FAA and EPA. In each meeting, each organization fielded at least 10 representatives, all of whom listened intently and in good faith to the issues we are facing locally. We established the need to be partners on these issues moving forward. We aim to enlist the backing of the FAA and EPA when it comes to the actions we can take. She was also able to meet with representatives from Senator Butler’s Office, Senator Padilla’s Office, Representative Garcia’s Office.

November 2023 –
The City Council approved a Supplemental Type Certificate Fee (STC) reimbursement program, which took effect this month and provides up to $300 for aircraft owners to obtain required approval from the FAA before their plane can use unleaded fuel (www.lgb.org/stc).

September 2023 –
Councilwoman Kerr requested a comprehensive report on general aviation, including detail on how the use of unleaded fuel could be incentivized, which the City Council approved. Airport staff subsequently published the Oct. 31, 2023, memo.

August 2023
Unleaded fuel became available at LGB, from Signature Aviation @ Aeroplex.

December 2022 – The City Council voted to waive fuel flowage fees for unleaded avgas.

October 2022 – City Manager, Airport staff, and stakeholders began working to establish a plan to reduce and mitigate lead pollution, by exploring possible incentives programs.