News from Congresswoman Eshoo

July 14, 2015

Airplane Noise in the 18th Congressional District


Dear Friend,

Many constituents have been reporting to me the increase of aircraft noise caused by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new flight paths into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and how they are being affected.

As we work to resolve this issue, I first and foremost encourage you to report any excessive aircraft noise complaints to the SFO Noise Abatement Office. This is very important. Your call will become part of the official record and official documentation. You can reach the Noise Abatement Office at (650) 821-4736, or via email at sfo.noise@flysfo.com.

I would also like to hear from you and here’s why.

I met with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in May regarding the troubling increase in airplane noise across my Congressional District, including communities in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. I raised the concerns of the many constituents I’ve met with in my Palo Alto office with the Administrator, and he agreed to reexamine flight altitudes passing over our region. He also agreed to have the FAA Regional Administrator hold a meeting with select community representatives in the near future. If we can bring the testimony of the people of the 18th Congressional District affected by this problem to the FAA, it will help demonstrate how urgent it is for the agency to address them.

I ask you to please respond to the survey and consider passing it along to others in your community. Your concerns must be heard by the FAA in order for them to make the necessary changes to bring relief to my constituents.

Thank you in advance for your important participation.

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Have you noticed a recent increase in aircraft noise in your neighborhood?
Yes
No
 
How frequently do you notice aircraft noise above your neighborhood?
  
 
What times of the day do you notice aircraft noise? (check all that apply)
Early morning
Late morning
Mid-day
Afternoon
Evening
Night
 
When you notice a plane flying overhead, how long do you hear the aircraft noise as the plane passes over?
  
 
Do you notice aircraft noise when you are inside your house?
Yes
No
 
On a scale of 1 - 5, how noticeable is aircraft noise compared to the ambient noise in your neighborhood? 1 meaning hardly noticeable (minimal disturbance) to 5 meaning very noticeable (loud enough to interrupt conversation).
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5
 
On a scale of 1 - 5, have the changes in flight paths impacted your quality of life? 1 meaning it has not impacted your quality of life at all and 5 meaning it has greatly impacted your quality of life.
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Please leave any additional comments you may have.
   
 

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Most gratefully,

Anna G. Eshoo
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