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 firstname.lastname@example.org