Noise management LAX

Early Turn Notifications Monthly Report

The Early Turn Notification Program now has a new monthly report entitled “Aircraft Early Turn Monthly Report” with graphical representation of not only current, but also historical data to show changes or trends over time.  This report, along with the prior Aircraft Operator Early Turn Summary Report, is available using the links at the bottom of this page.

An "early turn" occurs when an aircraft on a westerly departure from any of the four LAX runways initiates a turn prior to reaching the shoreline that results in the aircraft flying over communities to either the north or south of the airport. To identify early turns, three virtual gates (Playa Del Rey to the north, El Segundo and Hyperion to the south) are used to monitor flight tracks.  Any flight tracks that penetrate these gates are considered early turns. 

To minimize noise in residential communities along the north and south airport boundaries, pilots of all aircraft departing toward the west (over the ocean) shall fly straight until they are past the shoreline before beginning any turns, unless specifically instructed otherwise by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (LAWA Noise Abatement Policies and Programs). The FAA has the authority to instruct pilots to turn early to ensure the safe operation of the aircraft.

LAWA regularly monitors all early turns and, for those turning over communities, LAWA uses recordings of communications between pilots and air traffic controllers to determine the reason for the early turn. LAWA issues notification letters, with supporting graphics, to each aircraft operator that deviated from this procedure.  This letter requests they investigate those early turns not initiated by the FAA and respond to LAWA with an explanation of why the incident occurred and what efforts will be made to improve compliance with this policy. LAWA also communicates regularly with the FAA to ensure they are working to minimize the need to instruct pilots to turn before the shoreline for safety reasons.

To view FAA aircraft radar flight track data, including early turn departures, during the last 90 days, please visit the LAX Internet Flight Tracking System.

Each month LAWA generates reports (see below) of aircraft operations that resulted in early turns to the north and south of the airport. Both the Aircraft Early Turn Monthly Report and the Aircraft Operator Early Turn Summary Report indicate which early turns (El Segundo or Playa del Rey Gates) were pilot-initiated, FAA-initiated, or were caused by wind drift.      



Aircraft Early Turn Monthly Reports Aircraft Operator Early Turn Summary Reports
December 2023  December 2023 
 November 2023 November 2023
October 2023  October 2023
 September 2023 September 2023
August 2023  August 2023
 July 2023 July 2023
 June 2023 June 2023 
 May 2023 May 2023 
 April 2023 April 2023
 March 2023 March 2023
 February 2023 February 2023
 January 2023 January 2023
December 2022 December 2022 
 November 2022 November 2022
 October 2022 October 2022
 September 2022  September 2022 - updated
 August 2022 August 2022
 July 2022 July 2022
 June 2022 June 2022
 May 2022 May 2022
April 2022  April 2022
March 2022  March 2022
 February 2022 February 2022
 January 2022 January 2022
 December 2021 December 2021
November 2021 November 2021
 October 2021 October 2021 
 September 2021 September 2021
 August 2021  August 2021
 July 2021  July 2021
 June 2021 June 2021 
 May 2021 May 2021 
 April 2021 April 2021 
 March 2021 March 2021
 February 2021 February 2021 - updated
 January 2021 January 2021
 December 2020  December 2020
November 2020  November 2020
 October 2020 October 2020
 September 2020 September 2020 
August 2020  August 2020
July 2020  July 2020
 June 2020 June 2020
May 2020 May 2020
April 2020 April 2020
 March 2020
 March 2020
February 2020
February 2020
January 2020 - updated
January 2020 - updated
 December 2019 December 2019 
 November 2019 November 2019  - updated
October 2019 October 2019 
 September 2019  September 2019 - updated
 August 2019 August 2019 
July 2019  July 2019 - updated
June 2019  June 2019 
May 2019  May 2019 
April 2019  April 2019 
March 2019  March 2019 
 February 2019 February 2019 

January 2019

 January 2019

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