Loud Low Flying Planes at Night From LAX

Why are Australia and New Zealand bound flights taking off to the East at LAX between 10pm-12am and sometimes later?  Loud low flying planes are now coming over Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach at elevations of 3,000-5,000 feet while people are trying to fall asleep.  You could imagine at 11pm at night when your kids are trying to sleep that it is extremely loud and can shake the house.  Several thousand residents are starting to complain about an open Facebook forum and we decided to publish an article to see if we could get a response.

We have documented American, Qantas and Air New Zealand flights to Australia and New Zealand taking off to the East from LAX.  Why do these Australia and New Zealand bound flights consistently take off overland to the East between 10pm & 12 am?  This is just not one night.  It has been happening very regularly.


Can someone please explain why the hundreds of other flights take off to the West over the ocean like this below? Several aviation experts have said that it is because of the wind direction.   However, then why are hundreds of other flights taking off to the West over the ocean like normal flights.  See the maps below.  I am not buying this explanation because it is happening too frequently.  

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the busiest airports in the world, and low-flying planes are a common occurrence in the vicinity of the airport. Here are a few reasons why planes may appear to be flying low over LAX:

Takeoff and Landing Patterns: Aircraft approaching or departing from LAX follow specific flight paths and altitude requirements established by air traffic control. Depending on wind conditions, runway usage, and air traffic volume, planes may be required to fly at lower altitudes during takeoff or landing phases.

Noise Abatement Procedures: Airports often have noise abatement procedures in place to minimize the impact of aircraft noise on surrounding communities. These procedures can include flying at lower altitudes over designated areas or following specific flight paths to reduce noise exposure. These measures are implemented to balance the needs of airport operations with the interests of local residents.

Visual Perspective: Perception of altitude can be subjective, and planes might appear lower when they are actually at a safe and standard altitude. Factors such as the size of the aircraft, weather conditions, and the observer's position can affect how low a plane appears to be.

If you have concerns about low-flying planes or noise levels in your area, it may be helpful to contact local authorities or the airport authority responsible for LAX to inquire about flight patterns, noise mitigation efforts, and any available information on aircraft operations in your vicinity.