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

  • March 23, 2020 updates:
    • There was a total of 8 arrivals for the week. This dramatic drop is undoubtably due to the Corona Virus outbreak.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from Dec 1, 2019 is down this week to 3.4 per day but the actual daily count was 2 every other day for this week.
    • Surf Air did not operate any Saturday flights 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 Week 3-29-2020
    • Surf Air Arrivals 3-29-2020
  • March 23, 2020 updates:
    • There was a total of 9 arrivals for the week. This dramatic drop is undoubtably due to the Corona Virus outbreak.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from Dec 1, 2019 is down this week to 3.5 per day but the actual daily count was 1 or 2 for this week.
    • Surf Air did not operate any Saturday flights 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 Week 3-22-2020
    • Surf Air Arrivals 3-22-2020
  • March 16, 2020 updates:
    • There was a total of 27 arrivals for the week.
    • The average daily arrivals calculated from Nov 1, 2019 is at 3.7 per day.
    • Surf Air did not operate any Saturday flights 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 Week 3-15-2020
    • Surf Air Arrivals 3-15-2020
  • March 1, 2020 updates:
  • February 23, 2020 updates:
  • February 9, 2020 updates:
  • February 2, 2020 updates:

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).