Efforts to Quiet San Carlos Airport Noise Move Forward

The city of Atherton is hosting a community meeting Monday night to discuss the issue. One proposal is to create a second flight path into the small airport that would avoid neighborhoods flyovers.

Pilatus PC-12. Credit: AviationNews.eu
Pilatus PC-12. Credit: AviationNews.eu
An aircraft flight service company whose business involves flying in and out of San Carlos airport as many as eight times a day has begun a program to try to lessen the noise its planes create for area neighborhoods.

According to the Almanac Online, Surf Air planes have begun a visual approach into the San Carlos airport which "moves the flight path around" somewhat to allow pilots to try to fly over areas less dense, says Airport Manager Gretchen Kelly.

Residents have complained recently about the airport noise since Surf Air began using heavier, noisier Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop planes for the San Carlos route during the summer.

The city of Atherton is hosting a community meeting Monday, Dec. 9, in the Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. to discuss the aircraft noise issue. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

A recent Patch reader opinion article about airport noise at SFO generated strong response to the issue on the northern Peninsula. 


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