News and Of Note:
- On September 27, 2017, the FAA met with Sunnyvale residents to discuss the Bayside Visual Approach flown by Surf Air over Sunnyvale en route to the San Carlos Airport. You can learn more about this route and the meeting here. You can also read about the meeting here.
- For more than a year now, elected representatives from Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, and the U.S. Congress have met with and written to San Mateo County and FAA officials about Surf Air and the Bayside Visual Approach. You can learn a great deal about this issue and their perspectives by reading their letters here (Click on the Background tab and scroll down to Correspondence.)
- On March 22, 2017, government officials from Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, and San Jose, along with a representative from Congressman Ro Khanna’s office, met with SJC and FAA representatives to propose the creation of a Roundtable of local officials and airport representatives who could address ways to mitigate the air noise caused by planes arriving to SJC under south flow conditions.On October 3, in response to this proposal and further work by airport officials and members of the City of San Jose Transportation and Environmental Committee, the San Jose City Council approved the Committee’s proposal to create an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on South Flow Arrivals.The Committee’s charge is to gather input from the general public on the south flow issue; identify and discuss possible options to address noise impacts; and recommend potential “feasible” options for the FAA consider. The parameters of the Committee are as follows: the focus will be on the south flow issue only; the Committee will sunset after 120 days; the Committee will not adopt any recommendations that will impact a community not represented on the Committee; every city in Santa Clara County and the County of Santa Clara will be invited to join the Committee; each jurisdiction will be welcome to appoint one elected official and one alternate elected official; each jurisdiction participating on the Committee will have one vote; at least two-thirds of members would be needed to adopt a recommendation; the FAA will have the sole authority to determine the “feasibility” of any proposed recommendation; and a final report with “preliminary feasible” recommendations would be shared with FAA and Congressional offices for their information and review.
The City of Sunnyvale has created an email list to keep residents updated on airplane noise issues in Sunnyvale. Residents can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to join the list.
- The City of Sunnyvale held a Town Hall Meeting about air noise issues on October 18, 2016. Presentations by San Mateo County and San Jose Airport representatives as well as a video of the entire meeting are available here.
- The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals (see here) issued its final report to our local Congress members on November 17, 2016. You can read the report here.
- An article in the Mountain View Voice (Nov. 22) highlights the Select Committee’s final recommendations to our Congressional representatives and some of the discussions leading to those recommendations.
- The Los Angeles Times (Nov. 20) reports that Newport Beach is the latest city to sue the FAA over new flight paths that are bringing increased air noise and pollution to the area. You can read about it here.
- A recent article in Air Transport World provides more information about the contribution of improved navigation systems to increased levels of air noise throughout the country. It also includes hopeful responses from the FAA to growing public frustration with air noise. You can read it here.
Noteworthy perspectives on Sunnyvale air noise from our City officials and our Congressman are available at:
- City of Sunnyvale Airplane Noise Site
- City Councilmember Jim Griffith’s Blog