Other Airports

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Increasing complaints about air noise generated by SFO flights prompted Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to appoint a Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals of 12 elected county and local officials to study the issue and make recommendations to our Congressional representatives and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The committee held a series of meetings to receive public comments. The committee’s final report and recommendations to our Congressional representatives were issued on November 17, 2016. You can read the report here.

See Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks’ letter to the Select Committee about its proposed solutions here. See Congressman Honda’s letter here.

The FAA’s response to the Select Committee’s recommendations was expected by mid-February 2017. It is still pending.

Although most of the communities impacted by air traffic associated with SFO are north of Sunnyvale, some flights arriving to SFO are occasionally routed over Sunnyvale. If you think you are impacted by such flights, you must complain! Complaining to airport management, the FAA, and our Congressman is the most effective way to mitigate air noise over our neighborhoods. The FAA’s decisions about flight paths and noise abatement will be based on the number of complaints made by Sunnyvale residents. Complaining is the best way to bring about change!

Make a Complaint

  • SFO Noise Hotline: 650-821-4736
  • sfo.noise@flysfo.com
  • stop.jetnoise.net (This is the most convenient way to report your complaint. After registering as a user, you can send your complaint with a single click, even from your smart phone. Note: This application works only for SFO.)

Because SFO does not report its air noise complaints to the FAA, you should also email your complaint to 9-AWA-NoiseOmbudsman@faa.gov. You will need to provide your name and address, the date and time of the noise disturbance, the type of aircraft (jet, small plane), a description of the noise issue, and the airport or official you have contacted about this event.

If you are not sure which airport the flight is using, check a flight-tracking web site (click on the tracking tab above for more information) or call the SFO Noise Office at 650-821-5100 (M-F, 8-5). The SFO office has the capability to determine the origin and destination of all air traffic in the area.


Palo Alto Airport (PAO)

Owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto, PAO is a general aviation airport used primarily by small, nonscheduled, noncommercial aircraft. It is also the home of several flying clubs and flight training schools. PAO was previously a county airport and was transferred to the City of Palo Alto in 2015. It is the third busiest airport in the Bay Area (with about 172,000 takeoffs and landings in 2015) and the tenth busiest single-runway airport in California.

With the growth of general aviation in our region, we are experiencing an ever-growing number of small planes over Sunnyvale, many of which operate out of PAO. In addition, during periods of increased traffic, PAO aircraft are allowed to use Moffett airspace if it is available. Small general aviation aircraft are also allowed to fly at lower altitudes and can therefore be more annoying than larger planes that are required to fly at higher altitudes.

If you are bothered by air noise from PAO flights, you must complain! Complaining to airport management, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and our Congressman is the most effective way to mitigate air noise over our neighborhoods. The FAA’s decisions about flight paths and noise abatement will be based on the number of complaints made by Sunnyvale residents. Complaining is the best way to bring about change!

Make a Complaint

Because PAO does not report its air noise complaints to the FAA, you should also email your complaint to 9-AWA-NoiseOmbudsman@faa.gov. You will need to provide your name and address, the date and time of the noise disturbance, the type of aircraft (jet, small plane), a description of the noise issue, and the airport or official you have contacted about this event.

If you are not sure which airport the flight is using, check a flight-tracking web site (click on the tracking tab above for more information) or call the SFO Noise Office at 650-821-5100 (M-F, 8-5). The SFO office has the capability to determine the origin and destination of all air traffic in the area.


Moffett Field

Sunnyvale experiences far less air traffic from Moffett Federal Airfield, commonly known as Moffett Field, than it did before the mid-1990s, when Moffett was closed as a naval air station. Strong community opposition blocked the federal airfield from becoming a public airport in the 1990s. Today Moffett has occasional air traffic and is used primarily by military and research aircraft.

If you are ever bothered by Moffett flights, which are usually easily identified by their large size, low altitude, and very loud noise, here is what you can do:

Make a Complaint

  • Moffett Noise Hotline: 650-386-0666 (recording, please leave a message for a return call)

If you are not sure which airport the flight is using, check a flight-tracking web site (click on the tracking tab above for more information) or call the SFO Noise Office at 650-821-5100 (M-F, 8-5). The SFO office has the capability to determine the origin and destination of all air traffic in the area.