1979 - The California Supreme Court ruled that federal preemption does not bar a nuisance action against a city-owned airport for personal injuries sustained as a result of noise from aircraft using the facility. It also found that preemption does not bar plaintiffs' claims.
Greater Westchester Homeowners' Association v. City of Los Angeles
26 Cal.3d 86. 603 P.2d 1329 160 Cal. Rptr. 733
Thus, the task of protecting the local population from airport noise has fallen to the agency, usually the local government, the owns and operates the airport.
Federal Register/Vol.65, No. 136/Friday, July 14, 2000/Notices
The Code of Federal Regulations states that Congress
expressly provided that the proprietary powers and
rights of municipal airport owners are not preempted