Aircraft Noise

City Council has been actiivley engaged with monitoring aircraft noise and the impacts to residents. Councilmembers have  facilitated and assisted with neighborhood meetings in reaction to these increases caused by the flight path of aircrafts by Surf Air.

Residents and neighbors have noticed increases in noise over areas of Atherton, Redwood City, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. The increased noise is mostly the result of new flights from a startup company called Surf Air that initiated operations into and out of San Carlos Airport in 2013. Surf Air has worked with the community to address the issue. 

The Town will provide regular updates related to the activity at Surf Air and other news and information around aircraft noise. 

Pilatus Plane

Surf Air Updates

  • November 17, 2019 updates:

As it was not approved as a charted approach by the FAA, Surf Air does not fly the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA).

  • November 10, 2019 updates:
    • There was a total of 20 arrivals for the week, 7 less than last week.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from Aug 1, 2019 is at 3.2 per day.
    • Surf Air did not operate any flights on Saturday this week.
    • Surf Air continues to use transient parking spaces at San Carlos airport.
    • As it was not approved as a charted approach by the FAA, Surf Air does not fly the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA).
    • Surf Air Arrivals - 3 months, 11.10.2019
    • Surf Air Week - 11.10.2019
  • November 3, 2019 updates:
    • There was a total of 27 arrivals for the week.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from Aug 1, 2019 is at 3.3 per day.
    • Surf Air did not operate any flights on Saturday this week.
    • Surf Air continues to use transient parking spaces at San Carlos airport.
    • As it was not approved as a charted approach by the FAA, Surf Air does not fly the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA).
    • Surf Air Arrivals - 3 months, 11.3.2019 
    • Surf Air Week - 11.3.2019 
  • October 27, 2019 updates:
    • There was a total of 25 arrivals for the week.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from July 1, 2019 remains at 3.2 per day.
    • Surf Air did not operate any flights on Saturday this week.
    • Surf Air continues to use transient parking spaces at San Carlos airport.
    • As it was not approved as a charted approach by the FAA, Surf Air does not fly the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA).
    • Surf Air Arrivals - 3 months, 10.27.2019
    • Surf Air Week - 10.27.2019
  • October 13, 2019 updates: 
    • There was a total of 24 arrivals for the week.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from July 1, 2019 is at 3.2 per day.
    • Surf Air did not operate any flights on Saturday this week.
    • Surf Air continues to use transient parking spaces at San Carlos airport.
    • As it was not approved as a charted approach by the FAA, Surf Air does not fly the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA).
    • Surf Air Arrivals - 3 months, 10.13.2019
    • Surf Air Week - 10.13.2019