JWA celebrates Fly Friendly Program and recognizes 2023 winners

John Wayne Airport (JWA) acknowledges the outstanding contributions of General Aviation (GA) jet operators in the 2023 Fly Friendly Program year. This initiative, aimed at reducing noise and encouraging sustainable aviation practices, marks its second year promoting community-friendly operations.

Supervisor Katrina Foley, Fifth District, lauded the collaborative efforts of those involved in shaping a program responsive to local needs. “I commend the dedication of participating pilots to noise mitigation and eco-conscious flying, which aligns with my commitment to being a good neighbor,” she emphasized. “I want to thank the pilots, community members and airport staff who have supported our efforts to build a program inclusive of the needs of the community and investing in best practices that moderate noise impacts and promote greener, cleaner flights.”

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Photo and chart courtesy of JWA

Recognition of JWA General Aviation (GA) jet operators in the 2023 Fly Friendly Program (L-R): Nikolas Gaskins, access and noise manager, JWA; OC Supervisor Katrina Foley, Fifth District; Board Office Captain Derrick Stamos, Verijet, Inc.; Charlene Reynolds, director, JWA; Komal Kumar, assistant director, JWA and Eric Freed, deputy airport director, public affairs, JWA

The 2023 Fly Friendly recognition recipients include GA jet operators across the four tiers of the program. Their commitment reflects the broader mission to embrace greener flight practices.

JWA Airport Director Charlene Reynolds expressed enthusiasm for increasing program participation and its vital role in fostering community awareness. “Outreach and education will be pivotal in expanding pilot engagement and promoting best practices,” she affirmed.

JWA already has one of the most stringent aircraft noise monitoring programs in the United States. The voluntary Fly Friendly Program, launched in August 2022, is an education and outreach program that builds upon existing regulations to educate GA jet operators and seek voluntary adoption of best practices for sustainable environmental aviation.

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The chart shows the top General Aviation (GA) jet operators in Tiers 1-4 in the 2023 Fly Friendly Program

Throughout the year, GA jet operators are evaluated on the following actions:

–Avoiding nighttime and early-morning operations when possible;

–Producing the least amount of measurable noise per year;

–Engaging pilots with noise abatement education, distributing Fly Friendly materials and/or attending Orange County community meetings focused on aviation impacts; and

–Contributing toward ecological restoration and habitat enhancement projects through the Irvine Ranch Conservancy or Newport Bay Conservancy.

According to Orange County Airport Commission Chair Sue Dvorak, “As a Newport Beach resident, I enjoyed working with the group and providing community perspective and input into this initiative. I appreciate Supervisor Foley’s leadership in spearheading this effort, the Newport Beach Aviation Committee for generating the concept, and the John Wayne Airport team for their excellent work and dedication to building this distinctive Fly Friendly program.”

To learn more about Fly Friendly, visit www.ocair.com/flyfriendly, or email flyfriendly@ocair.com.


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