Aircraft noise is increasing at an alarming rate over our community. Noise from air traffic affects Palo Alto residential neighborhoods, schools, and parks – with frequent loud, low-flying airplanes disrupting productivity, sleep, and quality of life.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new air traffic control system, NextGen, concentrates flight paths and creates lower altitude approaches that exacerbate noise impacts. Shifting flight paths have increased flights over Palo Alto by 185%, from 70 to 200 arrivals per day. Few, if any other communities at these distances from SFO, OAK, or SJC experience this daily level of traffic.
Sky Posse Palo Alto has stepped up to advocate for active monitoring and best practices to abate and fairly distribute aircraft noise. They have mobilized an army of residents to report aircraft noise, promoted a study to support equitable sharing of aircraft noise impacts and advanced efforts to get Palo Alto a seat at the table to develop a better designed and more flexible route system.
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