Supervisor Katrina Foley Announces FAA Request for Public Comment Regarding Aircraft Noise Policy

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s request for public comment on aircraft noise levels in Orange County for their ongoing “Noise Policy Review.” 

John Wayne Airport is owned and operated by the County of Orange and is located in the Fifth District that Supervisor Foley represents.  

The FAA will consider how changes to civil aviation noise policy will inform agency decision making, address health impacts related to noise exposure, and improve the FAA’s approach to analyzing, explaining, and presenting these policy changes. 

“Orange County residents have the unique opportunity to shape federal aviation noise policy for the betterment of our communities,” said Supervisor Foley. “For years, I’ve joined residents who live under John Wayne Airport’s flight path in demanding solutions to the increasing noise and air pollution, including initiating the Fly Friendly program last year. This initiative seeks to educate general aviation pilots on the quietest FAA approved routes, track and recognize airlines who fly the quietest routes. I urge residents to make your voices heard so we can make meaningful progress towards quiet skies over our neighborhoods.”

Several virtual public meetings will take place in May to provide residents background on the Noise Policy Review process. The FAA will accept public feedback until July 31, 2023. Members of the public can submit their comments here

Dates for the virtual public meetings listed below

  • Tuesday, May 16 at 10 AM – Noon PT 
  • Thursday, May 18 at 3 – 5 PM PT 
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6 – 8 PM PT 
  • Thursday, May 25 at 1 – 3 PM PT

The civil aviation noise policy sets forth how the FAA analyzes, explains, and publicly presents changes in noise exposure from aviation activity: recreational and commercial fixed wing airplanes, helicopters, commercial space transportation vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, as well as emerging technology vehicles (newer types of vehicles that will operate in U.S. airspace). 


Learn more about Fly Friendly here.  

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.

Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), OCFA Legislation & Public Affairs Committee Chair, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), TCA Joint Environmental Committee, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, Ocean Institute, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel, Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition Co-Chair, Law Library Board of Trustees, Orange County Housing Finance Trust, Local Agency Formation Commission (alt), Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and OC Public Libraries Advisory Board.