An aerial view of the tarmac and terminal at John Wayne Airport.

Courtesy of John Wayne Airport

Federal Aviation officials to host open house on regional air traffic changes

By Daniel Langhorne

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host a public briefing on upcoming changes on how air traffic is coordinated in Southern California from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring Street in Orange.

North Tustin residents are encouraged to attend and learn the specific impacts of the new air traffic patterns into John Wayne Airport. These changes will be rolled out from this month forward, to April 2017.

“We undertook the project to improve airspace safety and efficiency by allowing for more optimized and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Southern California,” FAA Regional Administrator Glen Martin wrote in a memo.

The FAA approved a document on Aug. 31 claiming the new Metroplex flight program will have no significant impacts to Southern California residents. The project will replace dozens of outdated air traffic control procedures with a new satellite-guided system.

The Nov. 2 open house will also cover Metroplex’s implications for Long Beach Airport, Joint Forces Training Base - Los Alamitos, Fullerton Municipal Airport and Torrance’s Zamperini Field.