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    Oxnard Airport Noise and Possible Lead Poisoning from Small Planes

    By Douglas Partello’s%2C%20and%20Stop,8%3A00pm%20to%208%3A00am

    Residents of our beach communities have been experiencing incredible levels of loud noise from the small aircraft flying low over their communities. Questions are also being raised about the lead levels from the gas powered engines, which use leaded fuel.

    Oxnard Airport is under the authority of Ventura County. But, the residents of Oxnard have been negatively impacted by the activity of the airport. With the new developments of Portino, and Teal Club Specific Plan (TCSP), which are in close proximity to the airport, more questions are being raised about health and safety of those future residents, businesses, and light industrial workers.

    Now, most of all the flights into and out of Oxnard Airport are “touch and go” landings and take-offs, by student pilots, from other areas. There are no commercial flights originating from OAP now. OAP is operating at a $1.6 million deficit each year. These student pilots are not charged.

    Gas powered engine aircraft may create public health risks by containing lead, which comes out in the exhaust. We know some of the severe health risks of lead poisoning by what happened in Flint, MI. Lead additives in auto engines was banned in 1996. But, aviation gas, avgas, is now the primary source of lead emissions. Adding lead boosts octane levels, avoids possible engine “knocking”, improves performance, and safety of some aircraft in flight. The FAA has not been able, after 25 years of study, to come up with a lead replacement.

    While they wrestle with that answer, we need to be sure the serious effects of lead poisoning from small gas powered planes are not causing irreversible neurologic, and other health problems to our children, and families. The noise studies that have been done for Oxnard Airport are more than twenty years old, and incomplete. We need lead testing, and a new noise study. The noise abatement procedures for pilots are VOLUNTARY! They often do not follow those recommendations, to mitigate noise in the neighborhoods.

    The TCSP and Portino developments should be placed on hold until these studies can be done, and the health and safety of future residents, workers, and business owners can be assured.

    Douglas Partello

    36 year Oxnard resident

    Founder Oxnard Grassroots Volunteers

    Candidate for Oxnard City Council District 1 2022 805.342.8387 [email protected]


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    Guv. Hairdo
    Guv. Hairdo
    24 days ago

    Disagree. Gross exaggerations about the negative effects of leaded fuel and noise. Leave Oxnard Airport alone and quit building around it. We need to train young people as pilots. Regulate touch and go’s if you need too Quit whining.

    Douglas D Partello
    Douglas D Partello
    24 days ago
    Reply to  Guv. Hairdo

    Please state which exaggerations about leaded fuel? No one is advocating to close the airport, just mitigate the quality of life issues that the beach community is concerned about; noise level, and possible lead poisoning. Studies need to be done to get the facts. The airport director gave a presentation at City Council last night. Not sure if you were able to make it. We are in agreement on not having the Teal Club and Portino developments so close to the airport. We do need to train pilots, but not at the expense of folks living their lives with excessive noise, and possible effects of the leaded fuel. They have approved, Sept. 1st, two companies to sell a fuel with non-leaded additive. It is still being evaluated for safety. This is about mitigation, and addressing the concerns of the community. Let’s have an intelligent, respectful conversation. How about that?

    Last edited 24 days ago by Doug Partello

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