PA protests air traffic over school

Casey Kim

 In response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s public proposal to place two GPS waypoints over Ventura Blvd. and Valley Vista Blvd., HW Parent Association President Kairavi Daum (Maddy ’18, Alex ’20, Isabella ’23) encouraged all parents to submit comments against the project in an email Aug. 22.

The FAA’s project would utilize new satellite technology to create a route for jets to take off from Burbank Airport. The new flight pathways would cause increased air traffic so that there are lower flying planes over the upper school campus.

“Many people replied back to my email saying that they sent in the comments,” Daum said. “They were feeling empowered to be doing something about this, and they want to do more.”
Because the FAA’s comment period ended Aug. 23, Daum said her call for action was urgent. Daum was originally notified of FAA’s proposal by Head of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Ari Engelberg ’98.

The parent community hopes to work alongside the school’s neighboring residents in the future, Daum said.

“I think we’re all concerned about the potential of the noise and disruption caused by more air traffic over our school,” Daum said. “In the future, we’re going to keep close track of these developments and make sure that the parents in our community know about that if we have an opportunity.”