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Newport Beach

Volume 7, Issue 96  |  December 2, 2022

Concerned about JWA noise and pollution, SPON establishes new Aviation Committee

Thirty-six years after reaching the historic Settlement Agreement between the City of Newport Beach and the County of Orange, the citizens’ group SPON (Still Protecting Our Newport) is plotting a course of action in preparation for the future. 

As one of the signatories to the 1985 Settlement Agreement, which preserves the John Wayne Airport (JWA) curfew and noise limits, and restricts the number of commercial flights and passengers, SPON wants to ensure that everything necessary is done to protect residents from further JWA noise and pollution impacts. To accomplish this goal, the group has established its new SPON Aviation Committee, which will work exclusively on JWA issues in an effort to protect and preserve the quality of life in Newport Beach from its number one threat, John Wayne Airport. Longtime community activist and SPON board member Nancy Alston will serve as the chair for the SPON Aviation Committee.

According to SPON founder and current board member Jean Watt, “The SPON Aviation Committee’s main goal is to preserve the Settlement Agreement from further erosion, which has resulted from amendments to the agreement that have not been in residents’ best interests.”

In addition to preserving the Settlement Agreement, the group will also focus on developing quieter departures, minimizing pollution, curbing the growth of general aviation operations, ensuring runway expansion does not occur, minimizing international flights and encouraging utilization of quieter aircraft technology at JWA.

“SPON has always worked collaboratively with all parties involved in JWA issues,” said SPON President Bruce Bartram. “We will continue to work cooperatively with commercial air carrier representatives, airport leaders, Orange County and Newport Beach officials, and other organizations to ensure we have the quietest and least polluting departures possible for residents.”

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