Bob Hope Airport officials are warning nearby residents to sign up for a government-paid noise insulation program now or risk losing the option later.
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Executive Director Dan Feger said federal funding for the program may be on the “chopping block” because of budget constraints. And a recession-induced drop in flights at Burbank and the use of quieter planes may also shrink the geographic area where the airport offers the service.
Since 1997, the Federal Aviation Administration and the airport have paid to replace windows and doors to dampen the noise jet engines make above homes near Bob Hope Airport. Property owners agree to waive the right to sue the airport over noise-related problems, and in exchange the airport provides tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of noise treatment, as well as up to $7,500 worth of upgrades to make homes compliant with local building codes.