About the SOCAL OAPM

The FAA released Southern California’s Draft Environmental Assessment(EA) which redesigns the airspace from Santa Barbara to San Diego, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. The SoCal “Optimization of Airspace Procedures in the Metroplex” (OAPM) project will replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic patterns with new, more precise Nextgen satellite-based procedures. Sounds great, or is it?

The FAA’s EA document is extremely technical and very simplistic- and not always in the right places. The purpose of this blog is to explore issues with the draft EA as a document, and as a study, in hopes that the issues of both be addressed.

My focus is on LAX impacts including Culver City and many critiques are applicable many places. The draft EA is under public comment until September 8th, 2015, you are free to use any of my study points to spur your own comments.

SoCal Metroplex

How to Comment
The FAA encourages interested parties to review the EA, and provide written comments during the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted by the FAA until Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The public is invited to comment by mail or email.

Comments can be emailed to:


Comments can be submitted by regular mail to:

SoCal Metroplex EA
Federal Aviation Administration
Western Service Center – Operations Support Group
1601 Lind Avenue SW
Renton, WA 98057

Eleven public workshops were held throughout the SoCal Metroplex General Study Area between June 16 and July 1, 2015. During the workshops, representatives from the FAA and its Consultant Team were available to answer questions about the project. Materials presented to the public during the public workshops are available here for download and review.

Please be aware that your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment may be made publicly available at any time.  You may include in your comment a request to withhold your personal identifying information, however we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.