SFO Roundtable Submission to Federal Register FAA Request for Comments on the Civil Aviation Noise Policy Review

South San Francisco, CA July 12, 2023

Viewable as a link to the Roundtable website: SFORT Combined documents Submission: 
FAA 2023-0855 Civil Aviation Noise Policy Review Comment Letter & Attachments


Good Day:

On June 7, 2023 at a regular public meeting, the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable after discussion, public input and deliberation, voted unanimously to approve and submit the linked documents to the Federal Aviation Administration in response to their request for comment to the FAA Noise Policy Review. 

The attached Roundtable Comments cover a wide range of issues relating to how the FAA should manage noise to residents caused by aircraft. The results of the fairly recent FAA Neighborhood Environmental Survey (NES) cast doubt on the appropriateness of the decades long FAA policy standards of protecting residents affected by airplane noise. And numerous recent medical studies have made clear the very real deleterious health effects of noise and sleep disruption to residents, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, impaired control of blood glucose, and increased inflammation, as well as adversely affecting children’s academic learning.

Health impacts to residents must be addressed by the FAA with bold new action to ensure respect for the needs of all stakeholders – residents as well as airlines.

The Roundtable documents are public; the Roundtable gives permission to share them as you choose. The FAA will continue to accept input on their Noise Policy Review through the Federal Register with an extended deadline of September 29, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable Coordinator at KWentworth@smcgov.org.


Sam Hindi
Chairman, SFO Airport Community Roundtable
Councilmember, Foster City

Al Royse
Vice-Chairman, SFO Airport Community Roundtable
Councilmember, Town of Hillsborough

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