John Wayne Airport Community Survey
As the City of Newport Beach (City) continues its work to limit the impacts of
John Wayne Airport
on our city, we believe it’s essential that the community is informed and engaged. In order for us to provide the right type and level of information, it’s important for us to periodically gather data on our community’s awareness of, and interest in, airport issues. Please take a few minutes to complete our brief survey.
Required responses are marked "
What is your zip code?
How long at this location?
Over 15 years
How would you rate the quality of life in Newport Beach? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the WORST and 5 being the BEST.
Would you say the quality of life is better, about the same, or not as good as the quality of life in other Orange County cities?
Not as good
Have you flown in/out of John Wayne Airport in the last year?
If yes, how often?
1 to 2 times a year
3 to 6 times a year
7 to 12 times a year
13 or more times a year
Now that you have
read the City's recent newsletter
on this subject, the next few questions help us understand your familiarity with some important aspects of Newport Beach's relationship with John Wayne Airport.
The County of Orange owns and operates John Wayne Airport, and the FAA controls where planes fly once they leave the runway. As you understand it, is this True or False?
I don't know
As you read the next sentence, please identify which of the below statements seems the most accurate to you. "The
1985 Settlement Agreement
between two community groups (AWG and SPON), the County of Orange, and the City of Newport Beach ... " (please select the end to the sentence as it appears to be the most true to you.
... maintained a night curfew, capped the amount of passengers that can use JWA in any one year, and limited the amount of the loudest departures per day.
... was very helpful for a while, but it expired in 2017, and because of its expiration, JWA is uncontrolled today.
... was opposed by the FAA so that it never took effect.
None of the above seems accurate to me or I don't know.
Which of the below describes Noise Abatement Departure Procedure (NADP) #1?
A departure procedure whereby planes make a more rapid ascent, then level off once they reach about 800' in altitude.
A departure procedure whereby planes make a more gentle ascent, generally staying on a consistent slope upward.
I'm not sure.
Regarding the steep-ascent takeoff at JWA, please select the answer that appears to be the most accurate to you.
1) The steep-ascent takeoff is still officially required, but at some point the air carriers just decided to ignore the requirement. I don't think the requirement is enforced, so no one does it anymore.
2) The steep-ascent takeoff has never been required. What's required is that planes depart in a manner that does not cause them to exceed noise limits at each of the seven noise stations along the departure path. If a plane can fly out without exceeding the noise limits, it can use a less dramatic departure procedure.
3) I'm not sure.
Which of the below describes the
FAA's NextGen program
as it's applied to JWA?
Commercial carrier flights that used to go down a narrow pathway were divvied up so that they spread out more across more neighborhoods.
Multiple commercial carrier departure paths from JWA were consolidated into basically one path that split the middle of the Upper Bay and then directed planes offshore, crossing over Balboa Island and part of the Balboa Peninsula.
I'm not sure.
As you have learned about the City of Newport Beach's efforts to mitigate the impact on our community from flights from JWA, do you feel that those efforts are on the right track or the wrong track?
Right track (i.e., the efforts are beneficial and important)
Wrong track (i.e., the efforts are not helpful or are wasteful)
Thank you for completing that "open book" part of the survey. Next, we'd like you to offer your impressions about what living near JWA is like.
What concerns you about living or working under the flight departure corridor for John Wayne Airport? Check all that apply.
Pollution (soot, dust, debris)
Seeing the planes overhead
Potential adverse effect on property values
Nothing/I have no concerns
Think about the past five years. Setting aside anything you may have recently read or heard about John Wayne Airport operations, do you personally find that the noise from departing flights has gotten better (less disruptive) or has gotten worse (more disruptive)?
Better (less disruptive)
About the same
Worse (more disruptive)
Please write in any additional comments or concerns about John Wayne Airport's operations, space is limited to 400 characters.
How would you prefer the City of Newport Beach keep you informed about airport related issues? Mark all that apply.
Posting on the City's website, newportbeachca.gov
Social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor
HOA/Community Association newsletter or website
Newsletter mailed to your home
Notices/articles printed in newspapers
NBTV (City's government channel)
Text message (provide phone number)
Text message (provide phone number)
Please complete the below demographic information (optional).
What type of property?
What is your age?
21 - 35
66 and over
Are there children under the age of 18 living at your location?
Did you know?
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