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New, Revised Southern California Metroplex Changes Effective Dec. 7

Dec. 6, 2017

The Southern California Metroplex Project continues with one new SID for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), two revised SIDs for LAX and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and a revised STAR for LAX. These new procedures are scheduled to be effective Dec. 7.

There are no significant ATC traffic management initiatives expected with the new/revised procedures.


The LAX SUMMR ONE SID will replace the DARRK SID as the default RNAV departure for aircraft filing to the west or northwest, effective Dec. 7. The revised DARRK TWO SID will only be used when Warning area W289E and/or Restricted Area R2519 are active.

  • The LAX SUMMR SID does not contain any “at or above” crossing restrictions (problematic for some on the DARRK SID)
  • The SUMMR ONE SID has a FICKY transition


The LAX DARRK TWO SID will only be used when Warning area W289E and/or Restricted area R2519 are active.

  • Deletes FICKY transition
  • Adds RIZIN transition
  • No change to published crossing restrictions.

All transitions of the SUMMR ONE and DARRK TWO SIDs “match” except for FICKY.


This will be used to replace the deleted RDEYE STAR for “over ocean” arrival noise abatement procedures at LAX (In effect most days between 0000-0630 LCL). A JLI transition has been added. Changes include a modified route and published altitude in the vicinity of PDZ.

The PGS, HEC and TNP transitions of the BASET STAR are used for:

  • LAX East Configuration (departing and landing east)
  • LAX “Over Ocean” Configuration (departing west and landing east)

The JLI transition of the BASET STAR is used for:

  • LAX “Over Ocean” Configuration only.
  • If LAX is in an East Configuration, filers over JLI must use the OCEAN STAR.


The revised HAYEZ SIX SID which is used on a north configuration (HARYS ONE SID is used when VNY is on a south configuration) completes the alignment of VNY SIDs into the new Metroplex route structure.

View an FAA presentation on the project.