Community Engagement — Southern California

Status of Engagement: Completed Summer 2018

The implementation Southern California Metroplex effort is complete. Expected long-term benefits include improved efficiency, increased access to affected airports, and comprehensive improvements to operations. For more information on the Southern California, visit the links below.

How Air Traffic Control Works

Video briefing on the progress of the Southern California Metroplex project and the implementation of NextGen technology. These presentations were presented to local officials and community members in January 2017.

New Procedures

Supplemental Materials

The FAA has completed a redesign of airspace, introduced new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, and made use of Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) to make the Southern California Metroplex airspace more efficient with improved access to its airports. The effort focused on a number of airports including, Bob Hope (BUR), Hawthorne Municipal (HHR), Los Angeles International (LAX), Long Beach (LGB), Ontario International (ONT), Oxnard (OXR), Palm Springs International (PSP), San Diego International (SAN), Santa Monica Municipal (SMO), John Wayne-Orange County (SNA), and Van Nuys (VNY). The information below may also include data from nearby airports outside of the Southern California Metroplex (please see the Reference Guide for additional information).

Projected Annual Benefits

Source: FAA – Southern California Metroplex Post-Implementation Analysis

Value of Fuel Savings
$8.8 Million
Fuel Savings
3.1 Million Gallons
Carbon Savings
26.0 Thousand Metric Tons

These annual benefits are based on the FAA analysis of airspace improvements compared to operations in a year before any improvements were made. The value of the projected fuel savings is based on a $2.85-per-gallon rate. The data estimates are current as of August 2018.

Last updated: Thursday, September 1, 2022