Noise 101 hosted by Greg Maxwell, Casper and Steve AlversonLearn about noise issues in the Aviation Sector. We will go over the history of noise in aviation, basic noise metrics, regulations, how to quantify aircraft noise, abatement, communications and tools used by the industry.
FAA & Environmental Reviews 101 hosted by John Brandt and Ryan Weller. This training session will provide an overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); describe the different types of environmental reviews conducted by the FAA to comply with NEPA; explain how noise and emissions are considered as part of environmental reviews; clarify the roles of different FAA offices and lines of business in meeting NEPA requirements and setting policies for the agency; and answer frequently asked questions about the NEPA process.
The San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable is a political committee, made up of elected officials of various cities, whose purpose is to address community noise impacts from aircraft operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The public is allowed to attend and speak at these quarterly meetings.
When you arrive please take a comment form and meeting agenda from the back table. Fill out the comment form and hand it to the Roundtable chair in order to speak during the “Public Comments on Items not on the Agenda” section. You will have 2 minutes to express any grievances or concerns. By speaking you not only stand up for your community but you also express to your elected officials that airplane noise pollution is a critical issue.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
SCREAAM is mentioned this month on the front page jet noise article of the local paper for the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco. Note: They do not have an online version of the story, so no link available. See attached images.