In return for calling off a public hearing on noise from the Van Nuys Airport, homeowners groups are asking for more restrictions on the airport, including stricter limits on night flights and a freeze on helicopter and jet operations.
The president of Van Nuys Airport Assn., representing users and tenants, criticized the proposed restrictions as "crazy" and harmful to the city's economy.
The proposals were worked out by representatives of homeowners groups after meeting Tuesday with other participants in the planned hearing, said Don Schultz, president of Ban Airport Noise.
The hearing by a state administrative law judge, scheduled to begin Feb. 17, was arranged by the state Department of Transportation at the request of anti-noise protesters. It will consider renewal of the airport's variance, a Caltrans permit to operate without meeting state noise limits. Almost all urban airports in the state need variances, airport administrators say, because they cannot meet the standards.