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Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707

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Airplane Noise

The City is well aware of the recent increase in flights over Sunnyvale from various area airports, including Moffett Airfield, Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and smaller airports such as Palo Alto (PAO) and San Carlos (SQL), and the resulting disproportionate impact to our neighborhoods. While the City does not have direct authority over air space, please be assured that we are working with regional agencies and federal representatives and authorities to mitigate the effect on our residents.

What is the City Doing?

Aviation Consultant Services - The City has contracted with Freytag and Associates for aviation-related consultant services. The Firm will be evaluating impacts to Sunnyvale related, but not limited, to SQL, SJC and SFO.

Surf Air / San Carlos Bayside Visual Approach (BVA) - The City is preparing a formal letter to the County of San Mateo and Surf Air asking for advance notification, and community engagement, before it makes any decision on the BVA. We will also continue to communicate Sunnyvale’s opposition position. In addition, the letter will request an update on the noise complaints data collected by San Mateo County.

SJC South Flow - The Mayor has been invited to participate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a review meeting; however, no date has been set. This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to ask direct questions about how, when and the exact conditions for Reverse flow. Read the December 2016 Update (pdf) for actions the SJC Noise Office has taken to date in response to the increase in complaints.

For further detail on the City of Sunnyvale's recent activity, read the City Manager's memo to the City Council

What Can I Do?

If aircraft noise is bothering you, the best thing that people can do is to contact the appropriate airport to report airplane noise. We encourage you to voice your concerns with the operating entities directly responsible for the noise/traffic.

You can also sign up for the City’s interest list on this topic via an email to

Public Outreach
Attend the FAA Rulemaking: SFO Class B Airspace Meeting
- FAA has proposed modifications to “Class B Airspace Area” at SFO. Limited details are available on the proposal; notification was published via the November 9, 2016 Federal Register. The proposal would realign the airspace to provide more room for vectoring.
The FAA will be hosting three fact-finding informal airspace meetings to solicit information from stakeholders concerning the proposal. The FAA announcement states registration for each meeting is not required but encouraged due to limited seating.

Monday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Burlingame Public Library, Lane Room
480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010
Register for the Burlingame meeting

Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112
Register for the San Jose meeting

Wednesday, February 1 at 5 p.m.
Port of Oakland Building, First-Floor Exhibit Room
530 Water St., Oakland, CA 94607
Register for the Oakland meeting

This proposal has the potential to impact Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and potentially Cupertino, depending on how much the FAA is proposing to expand the current airspace.

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