Noise Abatement

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airport2The mission of the Noise Abatement office is to reduce aircraft noise and improve the Airport's compatibility with the surrounding community, through a reasonable approach of balancing Airport requirements with the Community's needs in order to ensure a livable environment.

The Noise Abatement office provides enforcement of Torrance Municipal codes regarding noise during take-off and landing, codes regarding curfew and other aircraft training operations.  The initial goal of the Noise Abatement program is voluntary compliance with the use of Notice of Violation letters and Noise Tests conducted by the pilots and Noise Abatement staff.  If voluntary compliance does not happen, enforcement, which could include hearing boards and ultimately the possibility of a pilot and/or aircraft being denied airport usage, would be used.

If you would like to file a complaint regarding aircraft noise, you may use the Torrance WebTrak system or call or email the Noise Abatement office. You will need to provide the date and time of the disturbance, a description of the incident (noise, prohibited training, etc.) a specific description of the aircraft if possible and a location (address or cross streets) where you are calling from.  Our staff will generally respond by investigating the incident to determine if there is a violation.  If there is a violation, notice will be given to the pilot/owner, and we will explain what needs to be done to correct the violation.  Our goal is to gain compliance by working with the pilot/owners; however, some cases may require enforcement through the use of the Airport Noise hearing board.

The Noise Abatement program continues to evolve and adjust through the input and actions of staff, the Airport Commission, the residential and airport communities and City Council. 

Zamperini Field Torrance Municipal Airport

Noise Abatement Center, 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA  90505

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Aircraft Noise Monitored - 24 Hours a Day

Torrance Airport Aircraft Type Ban List (TMC 46.8.14)

Torrance Airport Noise Monitors Map

NOISE LIMITS (Decibel Information Fact Sheet)

0700 - 2200 Hours / 7:00AM - 10:00PM, Monday - Friday       82 dB(A) Maximum Sound Level
0800 - 2200 Hours Saturday, Sunday & Holidays                     88 dB(A) SENEL (SEL)

CURFEW DEPARTURE

(No early/late departures without authorization from the Noise Abatement center)

2200 - 0700 Hours Monday - Friday                                        76 dB(A) Maximum Sound Level

2200 - 0800 Hours Saturday, Sunday & Holidays             82 dB(A) SENEL (SEL)

TRAINING

Touch and go, stop and go, taxi-back and low approaches permitted:

  • 0800 - 2200 Hours Monday - Friday (Taxi-backs until 2200)
  • 1000 - 1700 Hours Saturday
  • PROHIBITED SUNDAYS, HOLIDAYS, AND ALL OTHER HOURS
  • No helicopter training allowed in south pattern.
  • When taking off to the west, no left turn allowed prior to the oceanshore or 1,500' altitude.

TESTING

Aircraft noise tests must be pre-arranged with the Noise Abatement Center, NOTE: Radio frequency 122.9 is no longer in service and is not monitored by Noise Abatement Staff.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE NOISE ABATEMENT CENTER

TELEPHONE

  • (310) 784-7950               0730 to 1700 Hours / 7:30AM -5:00PM Daily (After-hours answering machine)

EMAIL:  noiseabatement@torranceca.gov

RADIO FREQUENCY

122.9 MHz   IS NO LONGER IN SERVICE AND NOT MONITORED BY NOISE ABATEMENT STAFF

Information provided as to flight routes on departure or arrival is merely recommended, and that choice, including the choice not to fly, is strictly up to the pilot.

Torrance's noise ordinance makes not distinction between IFR and VFR. You are advised that if your aircraft is likely to violate the City's noise standards while departing IFR, you will have to await better weather conditions and depart VFR.