VAN NUYS : Critics Fault Airport Noise Improvements

The Van Nuys Airport is expanding its system for monitoring aircraft noise levels, but residents say it does not go far enough to reduce the annoying buzz of airplanes and helicopters over their homes.

Robert Beard, noise-management manager for the Los Angeles Department of Airports, said the mostly complete, $1.3-million expansion of the airport's noise monitoring system is allowing the facility to track large airplanes' flight paths and identify their type and ownership, in addition to measuring their noise levels.

On Monday night, Beard and other airport officials explained the new system's capabilities to an advisory group--made up of homeowners, pilots and members of the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council--that is concerned with noise issues.

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