Friendlier skies

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event After years of foot-dragging, it looks as though we might finally see some long-awaited changes at Van Nuys Airport. The City Airport Commission has agreed to commission a study – due in 60 days – on how to speed up the planned, seven-year phaseout of noisy, Stage 2 jets at the airport. The action gives neighbors good reason to hope that quieter times might soon be ahead. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who campaigned on a promise to eliminate the noisy aircraft, has embraced the plan. So, too, have airport neighbors, who must be heartened that, for once, their concerns are being taken seriously. Living near the nation’s busiest general-aviation airport, they have had to put up with jet noise and official indifference for years. The proof, of course, will be if the phaseout actually takes place within a few years. But the signs are promising, and the attention is welcome.last_img read more