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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?

Surf Air / San Carlos Bayside Visual Approach (BVA) - Following Sunnyvale’s letter requesting advance notifications and community engagement, prior to any decision San Mateo County makes on the BVA, San Mateo County replied to the City with a proposed ordinance for noise abatement. In addition to this letter, a press release by San Mateo County has requested that the FAA adopt the BVA at San Carlos Airport for all flight arrivals. The City's concerns remain - that Sunnyvale residential units and schools are directly under and adjacent to the BVA route; and that this proposed solution simply shifts noise pollution from one community to another. We will continue to communicate Sunnyvale’s opposition position.

Councilmembers attended meetings at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference, Washington D.C. to discuss FAA Noise - Hosted in conjunction with the NLC Congressional City Conference, staff from the National Organization to Insure a Sound controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.) presented on developments in the FAA’s implementation of NextGen and new techniques and metrics for measuring aviation noise. NOISE is a coalition of locally elected officials and industry stakeholders working cooperatively with local and federal government to find workable solutions to the issue of excessive airport noise. In addition, councilmembers had the opportunity to engage in a discussion about the organization’s key legislative and policy priorities for 2017. The following resources were provided by:
Congressman Ro Khanna facilitated meeting with Federal Aviation Officials to discuss South Flow at SJC - Partially, in response to the City’s request for assistance from Congressman Ro Khanna to help address airplane noise, the Congressman’s district staff coordinated a regional meeting with the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino and San Jose. The meeting was an opportunity for local officials to meet Dennis Roberts, the new Regional Administrator for the FAA Western-Pacific Region and begin discussions about concerns with noise levels when SJC is flying in south Flow. As the authority to control aircraft in flight and on the ground is vested exclusively in the FAA, the City requested Congressman Khanna’s Office to take the lead on this issue for the district. The meeting took place on March 22. The Congressman’s office has provided a summary of the meeting, including the proposed path forward for addressing this issue.

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.

For further detail on the City of Sunnyvale's past activity, read the City Manager's January 2017 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

Attend Community Meeting to Discuss San Carlos Airport Noise - Please join San Mateo County for a Community Meeting to share ideas generated by neighborhood representatives and airport users in recent focus groups and provide input on options the County is currently evaluating for reducing aircraft noise generated by the San Carlos Airport, including the proposed curfew ordinance.The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Redwood City, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

FATCO Building
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Redwood City, CA 94063
Parking is available (free after 6 p.m.) in the County Parking Garage at 1017 Middlefield Rd. (between Veterans Blvd and County Center) in Redwood City.

All information presented at the meeting will be available on the San Carlos Airport website. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can email a comment to If you have any questions, please contact San Carlos Airport staff at 650-573-3700.

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