Last week's close vote in the House of Representatives on a night time curfew on flights at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport has given curfew supporters hope that they may ultimately prevail.
The issue has twice been voted on in the House. Three years ago, it lost by 65 votes. Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of Burbank co-sponsored another amendment this year, along with Brad Sherman and West L.A. Democrat Henry Waxman. It would have allowed the airport to impose a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. This time, thanks to what Schiff described as "remarkable bipartisan support," the measure lost by just four votes. "But I’m hoping this will be the spur that we needed to get the FAA to take the noise complaints seriously of the people who live around the airport," Schiff said.
Back in 2009, the Federal Aviation Administration turned down the Burbank airport’s request for restrictions on late night flights, saying a curfew would add congestion to an already crowded airspace and it would create delays nationwide delays.
The FAA said it doesn’t comment on Congressional actions.