Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Sam Farr (CA-20), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Initiative feasibility study to address the problem of increased airplane noise in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.
The text of the executive summary can be found below, and the report in its entirety can be found here.
The NorCal Initiative includes a number of proposed technical solutions that were brought to the FAA to analyze, study and/or evaluate. Many of the proposed solutions were related and required similar analysis. As a result of the feasibility study, there are technical solutions that were deemed feasible, to include recommendations to change the Class B airspace, and the FAA is already in the process of doing that. Overall the FAA team focused on whether the recommendations for proposed new and modified flight procedures met established FAA criteria and could be flown by the fleet mix that operates in the Bay Area. The team also assessed impacts to operations at the surrounding airports and traffic flows, and evaluated potential procedural modifications, including speed/altitude adjustments, airspace changes, moving existing waypoints and operational safety. We look forward to feedback from the Select Committee and once a regionally vetted endorsement is provided to the FAA, we can move forward with next steps; for example, if there is a feasible procedural change or amendment endorsed by the Select Committee, the FAA will proceed with all necessary safety and environmental reviews (as required by FAA policy and regulations) to complete the formal amendment process for implementation.