The Federal Aviation Administration has successfully completed tests for a new John Wayne Airport flight path, and planes will start flying the new route this month.
The procedure is the result of a nearly one-year tussle between Newport Beach residents and FAA officials, who agreed to modify a new satellite-based navigation system after residents complained about jet engine noise in the skies above some homes.
The new route, called STREL, replaces two others that had raised the ire of residents on the east side of upper Newport Bay and in the Irvine Terrace neighborhood. They said that when planes started using the new system in 2009, more aircraft flew over their homes.
The FAA modified the route. But the adjustment didn't go far enough, so the agency decided to tweak the flight path some more, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.