Ruling Favors City Laws That Limit Noisy Jets

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal judge has rejected the first of three constitutional challenges to city laws that limit high-noise jets at Van Nuys Airport, a Los Angeles official said Tuesday.

Aviation companies based at the airport had sued the city for limiting all but about 50 of the noisier, older "Stage 2" jets from being based at the airport after 2011.

But in a decision announced Monday, U.S. District Judge Steven Wilson found that the city has the right to limit such planes to reduce airport noise, Assistant City Atty. Bret Lobner said.

The case will continue Monday with a hearing in federal court.

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