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By Carol Wilson, Capistrano Beach

Years ago South Orange County fought hard and long to keep El Toro from turning into a commercial airport, primarily to keep noise levels down and preserve the quality of life in South Orange County. In the past few months, I have noticed the loud noises of commercial aircraft flying over my house.

The morning of Nov. 4, for example, shortly after 7 a.m., there were a number of aircraft flying over my home, one after the other, as the early morning flights departed John Wayne Airport. Also very late at night I hear commercial aircraft flying over after 11 p.m. and even after midnight.

Most local citizens probably did not catch the article in the OC Register in July which stated the FAA was switching to “satellite controls” to better move more aircraft through our airspace. Although whatever changes they are making is not supposed to take effect until January of next year, this recent uptick of noisy airplanes over our peaceful community has me wondering if they may be “testing” their new paths now.

According to the newspaper article, this will mean 50 departures a day from John Wayne Airport, 37 arrivals and 22 approaches.

Due to our location, I believe we are feeling the impact of departures as arrivals come in from the inland versus ocean direction.

If you have noticed or been impacted by commercial aircraft noise lately or have concerns about 50 aircraft flying over your home every day, please contact the FAA at 202.267.3521 or email

Our community banded together to prevent this years ago and it sounds like it is time to gather together again and let the FAA know it is not OK to use Dana Point/San Clemente as their departure flight path.




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  • As a south Orange County resident, I don’t want to hear any aircraft noise over my quiet neighborhood. As a professional in the aviation business, I am shocked that private citizens have control over the safety of the air transportation system and its ability to serve the needs of this country. Remember when Laguna Beach fought to limit acces to their community by not allowing Laguna Canyon Road to be widened? When a fire broke out, they lost a significant number of homes because the fire department couldn’t get to the fire in time. Please leave the transportation system to the professionals who have decades of experience, and understand that no one, including all the transportation professionals, want to disrupt anyone in their quiet communities.

  • I moved out of Hollywood, It was absolutely sickening the noise of helicopters planes and sirens.
    my family became Increasingly irritated from the excessive noise of aircraft and our quality of life depleted.

    Every night there was excessive noise from helicopters and airplanes.

    Don’t let this happen to Dana Point it’s already happening to Laguna the immigrants have run out all of the shop owners and helicopters buz home looking for criminals they have allowed into Laguna, helicopters have begun shining lights in people’s private backyards. property value have decreased.

    IF this airport is allowed to run planes through this neighborhood we will leave as will our neighbors.

    we are not the kind of people that want to live a life of noise and confusion.

    the airport is just the beginning, then come the helicopters then come the police choppers shining lights through your back yards

    My family will move another hour out of town if that’s what it takes to be away from this madness no one wants their house shaking at night from aircraft no one wants to hear the noise in Dana Point we move out here for the quiet and peace.

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