Airplane Noise in the 18th Congressional District

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Dear friends,

Many constituents have been reporting to me the increase of aircraft noise caused by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new flight paths into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and how they are being affected.

As we work to resolve this issue, I first and foremost encourage you to report any excessive aircraft noise complaints to the SFO, SJC and OAK Noise Abatement Offices to ensure that your report is officially documented. The SFO Noise Abatement Office can be reached at (650) 821-4736, or via email at You can file an online complaint to the SJC Noise Abatement Office here. You can file a complaint to the OAK Noise Abatement Office here, or by calling (510) 563-6463. Your call will become part of the official record and official documentation.

Contact information for the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals is available here.

I would also like to hear from you and here’s why.

I met with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in May regarding the troubling increase in airplane noise across my Congressional District, including communities in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. I raised the concerns of the many constituents I’ve met with in my Palo Alto office with the Administrator, and he agreed to reexamine flight altitudes passing over our region. He also agreed to have the FAA Regional Administrator hold a meeting with select community representatives in the near future. If we can bring the testimony of the people of the 18th Congressional District affected by this problem to the FAA, it will help demonstrate how urgent it is for the agency to address them.

I ask you to please respond to the survey and consider passing it along to others in your community. Your concerns must be heard by the FAA in order for them to make the necessary changes to bring relief to my constituents.

Thank you in advance for your important participation.

Most gratefully,

Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress

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