With the FAA’s implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System in 2014, South Bay communities began complaining that aircraft noise levels had increased dramatically. The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, led by Supervisor Simitian, was convened to address these concerns. The Committee subsequently issued a report with 47 recommendations. The FAA has implemented many of the recommendations; other remain in process. Speaking generally, the recommendations could be summarized as follows: air traffic should fly at higher altitudes, over locations with fewer people, and avoid noisy flight maneuvers, and airlines should implement noise reducing retrofits where possible. One other major recommendation involved establishing a permanent entity to address aircraft noise issues and provide a forum for community input. This recommendation was realized when the Santa Clara | Santa Cruz Community Roundtable met for the first time on February 27, 2019.
Read the District 5 press release here
Read about the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals here
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