Quiet Skies Mid-Peninsula Public Forum on Aircraft Noise, June 4 2016
Quiet Skies Los Altos Hills hosted a public forum on Saturday, June 4, 10am to 12:30pm. The event was moderated by LAH vice-mayor, Gary Waldeck. See the agenda here. See slide decks used in the presentations below.
Physical Characteristics of Aircraft Overflight Noise, Tom Rindfleisch, Stanford University
Baseline Analysis of Airplane Traffic, Sky Posse Los Altos, presented by Don Gardner
Genesis and the Story of the SERFR Arrival, Sky Posse Los Altos, presented by Ron Rhode
Quiet Skies Los Altos, presented by Roger Heyder
San Lorenzo Valley slides and narrative, presented by George Wylie
Sky Posse Palo Alto, presented by Marie-Jo Fremont
Quiet Skies Los Altos Hills, presented by Bill Evans
RESOURCES ON PAST FAA NEGOTIATIONS
Exhibit 1: May 2000. Agreement between Rep. Anna Eshoo and the FAA on maintaining higher altitudes at the Woodside VOR and at the MENLO waypoint is routinely violated.
Exhibit 2: May 2006. FAA issues order to reduce noise over Woodside...and then routinely violates own order. FAA Tracon Order 7110.65K, Paragraph 5-7.a.(2).(f) states "All oceanic jet arrivals inbound from the west shall cross OSI at or above 8,000 feet MSL." See FAA NorCal TRACON Order 7110.65K (see 5-7.a.(2).(f) which documents the agreement)
Exhibit 3: September 2014. The City of Phoenix owns and operates the Phoenix airport. Before NextGen was deployed in Phoenix, the FAA approached the City...only to later disregard all their proposals. Phoenix only received relief after Senator John McCain stepped in--causing the deployment to be postponed.
FAA refuses to revert NextGen flight path changes January 22, 2015
FAA states that Phoenix did not offer any proposed solutions April 14, 2015
City of Phoenix Responds to FAA Letter, Disputing the FAA's account April 24, 2015
City of Phoenix Alleges the FAA has been "stringing the City along" June 1, 2015
City of Phoenix says independent noise analysis of the FAA's proposed tweaks will make noise worse for some residents, demands FAA work on long-term solutions July 10, 2015
Monthly SkyHarbor Airport Status Update June 1, 2016 says vectoring is increasing noise
Exhibit 4: October 2014. NextGen Advisory Committee promotes strategy to pit neighbor against neighbor in "Blueprint for Success to Implementing Performance Based Navigation [NextGen]". Excerpts follow:
"Concentrations of operations associated with PBN may not increase noise exposures at the levels outlined under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), but can still be perceived as having an adverse effect on residential communities.
"In addition to engaging communities who will be impacted, residents or communities who will benefit should also be engaged. These may be areas that will benefit from less noise exposure, lower emissions, reduced concentration of overflight activity, etc.
“‘Public opinion’ should be driven not only by those who oppose the project, but should also include those who are neutral and support it.”
Exhibit 5: March 2015. FAA predetermines outcome of FONSI (finding of no significant impact) before implementing NextGen in NorCal metroplex (as alleged in suit by residents of Portola Valley and Woodside against FAA). Suit remains pending.
Exhibit 6: October 2015. FAA disregards proposals arbitrarily.
Lee Christel, a resident of Palo Alto and member of Sky Posse Palo Alto (SPPA) in presentation to FAA, proposes several improvements to NorCal air traffic.
FAA disregards all SPPA's proposals in their analysis of "community proposals" delivered on May 16, 2016. This is despite their repeated claims to welcome all proposals.
See the Quiet Skies LAH analysis of the FAA proposals.