If you are concerned with the alarming increase in aircraft noise over our communities, plan to attend the Select Committee Meeting this Thursday. See Calendar event at Web Link
Thursday, Palo Alto City Hall 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (drop by for as much as you can)
Come show support for the HIGHER altitude solutions recommended by advocacy groups from the Mid-Peninsula, putting planes HIGH over the WATER, not low over people!
The Committee was formed by Congressmembers Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Sam Farr (CA-20) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) to develop regional solutions to address aircraft noise. Web Link
Noise measurements / Proposed solutions
Sky Posse Palo Alto
Sep 24, 2016 — Dear friends,
Thank you for signing our Petition to reduce aircraft noise over Palo Alto and neighboring communities, adding testimony to the alarming increase in aircraft noise. Over 750 people attended the Santa Clara Hearings with compelling accounts of the impacts that airplane noise is having on the health and welfare of citizens.
The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals is now evaluating noise reports provided by the FAA to assess impacts from proposed changes. The FAA uses a simulation tool ("AEDT2b" or the earlier model "NIRS") to analyze the trade-offs between noise, fuel burn, and emissions, and to quantify the environmental impact of changes of planes flying around. The challenge is that the FAA's noise annoyance metric employed in these assessments (DNL) does not fully reflect the serious noise problems we are experiencing from Nextgen procedures.
In the accompanying Summary, Web Link Palo Alto resident Tom Rindfleisch introduces key considerations about the FAA metric and model, including suggestions for extended metrics to better capture aircraft noise impacts.
There is work ahead to require that the FAA adequately model the impacts of all proposed alternatives, and to assure that meaningful solutions are fairly considered to reduce noise, and to provide real relief. Please view the solutions which have been proposed by Mid-Peninsula Communities at www.quietskiesmidpeninsula.org/solutions.
We will be following up shortly with a review of the recent deliberations by the Select Committee. The next Select Committee meeting is this Thursday September 29, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Palo Alto City Hall, 300 Hamilton Avenue.
It is very important that residents attend the upcoming meetings.