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San Francisco’s Concerned Residents Experiencing Annoying Aircraft Maneuvers


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San Francisco Community Leaders Meet with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco Field Representative

SCREAAM.org Co-Founder Matt Stevens, Elizabeth Lopez, STOP Jet NoiseNOW! SFOAK Founder Tony Verreos and retired builder Judith Keenan met with Pelosi’s Field Rep.

NEWS RELEASE: SEP 5, 2019

Four members of the San Francisco community representing homeowners located in the Southern and Eastern sections of the City (Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, and Bayview) met with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco Field Rep, David Latt to discuss how Speaker Pelosi can help win the jet noise war against the FAA.

The local San Francisco issues are very similar to what people in many other cities are experiencing since the implementation of NextGen, which caused a shifting of noise to areas previously barely impacted and accompanied by flights at much lower elevation with much higher concentration.  

In addition to thoroughly discussing the San Francisco Bay Area jet noise issues from Santa Cruz to Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Brisbane, Daly City, and Pacifica, we also discussed the very similar problems caused by the FAA in most major cities, and many smaller cities located under the new NextGen flight paths. 

It was noted that the SFO Noise Abatement Office needs to be prohibited from continuing the use of their phony marketing brand “Fly Quiet” since it inaccurately describes the reality being experienced by San Francisco residents.  

We noted that Speaker Pelosi can rely on the assistance and support of Senator Chuck Schumer’s office staff (rep. Robert Hickman), as well as Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus Co-Chairs; Lynch and Quigley, and AZ Congressmen Greg Stanton and Ruben Gallego who have both been through the whole process working on the Phoenix case.  We expect the Speaker is already well familiar with the issues, as well as the people who can help support her efforts for relief.  

We also noted how misleading the DNL metric is, and how Congress systematically both ceded its law making authority to the FAA, as well as stripped the American public of their right to due process through a series of Aviation Acts since 1990. 

Of special interest is the response to our repeated question of what action we can expect from the Speaker’s Office, including responding to the questions posed from members of Quiet Skies groups around the country.  The reaction was one of empathy, acknowledging the problem is real, but the only commitment was to forward our documents to the Washington D.C. office where her Chief of Staff, Robert Edmonson is the point person for Transportation.


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Three years of excessive jet noise over San Francisco continues to anger weary SF residents

SF Residents have had to endure nearly 3 years of NextGen noise pollution. It is unhealthy and we’re working to improve conditions. Join us!


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Ruling overturns FAA rerouting of Phoenix flight paths

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The city of Phoenix and residents of historic neighborhoods on Tuesday cheered a court ruling to force the Federal Aviation Administration to abandon its decision three years ago to set new flight paths for one of the busiest airports in the United States.  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit earlier in the day agreed that the FAA’s decision in 2014 to change the routes in and out of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix was “arbitrary and capricious.” The FAA has made similar changes in flight paths at other airports around the country in recent years under the NextGen program designed to modernize the nation’s air traffic-control system.

Link:  http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/ruling-overturns-faa-rerouting-phoenix-flight-paths-49501837


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Change coming for neighborhoods plagued by noisy SFO flight paths

Last week the FAA response to recommendations from the SFO Roundtable to fix jet noise issues came out. SFGate published this article about it. Note that the article mostly deals with noise from arriving flights which affects the Peninsula and South Bay. The noise we get in San Francisco is almost exclusively from the departing flights from SFO that make the U-turn and departing flights from Oakland.


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Jet noise pollution in Bay Area news again

This article mentions the following:

New Federal Aviation Administration flight paths have caused an uproar in the once-serene Santa Cruz Mountains, as well as other parts of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Alameda counties, triggering a lawsuit and floods of complaints. Residents have formed more than a dozen new community groups in the South Bay alone, bearing names such as Quiet Skies NorCal.

We agree… and they could have easily added San Francisco to the list of affected counties!  and… they could have added S.C.R.E.A.A.M. to list of community groups!


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Learning from Palo Alto’s Sky Posse Group…

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We are starting to collaborate with our friends around the bay, including Sky Posse (a very organized and creative Palo Alto jet noise group).  To check out their website go to and to join Sky Posse’s insightful news feed   http://www.skypossepaloalto.org/

Though their recommendations and petitions are sometimes Palo Alto-centered, we have a great opportunity to echo their concerns and actions from here in San Francisco.   We can work together, since they also believe that there are many viable options to reduce noise and emissions, while meeting the goals of modernizing our airspace system.

They recently requested that their members write fairly specific letters to specific FAA personnel as we await FAA’s Initiative to Address Noise Concerns due anytime now.  If you want to know the specifics about the letter that they are recommending people write, please subscribe to their feed or contact SCREAAM via our website for more information.


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SCREAAM in the News again – Front Page of Noe Valley Voice (March 2017)

Jet noise issues (and SCREAAM) are featured in this month’s issue of the Noe Valley Voice (the local paper for Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco).  You can read the article online.   Here is the link:  https://issuu.com/noevalleyvoice/docs/201703