How high does an aircraft have to fly above my residential neighborhood?

April 25, 2023

The Torrance Airport and the Noise Abatement office do not regulate altitude for aircraft; this is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the FAA Control Tower. While the City of Torrance continues to work with the FAA and the Control Tower, the aircraft in navigable airspace is subject to federal regulations, among which is the requirement under 14 CFR section 91.119(b) that except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft over any congested area of the City below an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft. The FAA can be reached at (562) 377-5400 or  The Torrance Airport/Zamperini Field is under the Long Beach FSDO (Flight Standards District Office).