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Airport Noise

Introducing SFO's NEW Aircraft Noise Tracking Technology

San Francisco International Airport has launched a new tool - The SFO Aircraft Noise Tracker. This tool gives you a near real-time look at actual flight tracks and noise levels around the airport. You can investigate aircraft-related noise events, validate your aircraft noise calculations, and submit community concerns directly to the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.

The tool enables you to:

  • Find Specific Aircraft Information including an aircraft’s type, altitude, origin/destination airport, and other flight identification. Locating yourself on the map offers additional location-specific information.
  • Determine Aircraft and Community Noise Levels from permanent and portable noise monitors deployed by the airport which are shown by the colored numbered dots. 
  • Replay and Investigate Historical Flights
  • Display Map Layers of major SFO arrival & departure routes and noise contours
  • Submit a Noise Report with SFO’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Office (Coming end of October)
  • See Flights in 3D. Our previous tracker, Volans, is still available within the application and allows you to see flights in a 3D view.
Explore the New Aircraft Noise Tracker Here

You can share your impressions of the new flight tracker tool by emailing noiseabatementoffice@flysfo.com.


Aircraft Noise Complaint / Mitigation Information

Find out who to contact at the Federal Aviation Administration if you are impacted by aircraft noise.

The SFO Airport / Community Roundtable website also has an Aircraft Noise Complaint Form. The SFO Airport / Community Roundtable website at www.sforoundtable.org has additional information and resources related to issues of aircraft noise.

SFO's Replacement and Second Chance Noise Insulation Initiative

  • Second Chance Initiative: This initiative gives a second chance to participate in the Noise Insulation Program (NIP) to owners that did not participate in previous phases of the NIP.
  • Replacement Initiative: This initiative provides repair or replacement of eligible acoustical improvements to residential properties that were insulated in previous phases of the NIP, where the improvements have failed.

To be considered, the property must be located inside a specific noise boundary corresponding to the area where the average daily aircraft noise level is equal to or greater than 65 decibels.

To determine your property’s preliminary eligibility, or request additional information, please contact:
C. Kell-Smith & Associates, Inc.
Aircraft Noise Insulation Office
Tel: 650.827.3900
Email: info@kell-smith.com
You may submit an application, via email to info@kell-smith.com.

City of Pacifica Actions to Address Aircraft Noise

On September 5, 2019, the City of Pacifica sent a letter to the FAA concerning a proposed rulemaking regarding supersonic aircraft.  See a copy of the letter here.

On June 21, 2019, the City of Pacifica sent a letter to the City of San Francisco Planning Department with comments in response to the Notice of  Preparation of Environmental Impact Report for the SFO Airport Development Plan. See a copy of the letter here.

On March 22, 2018, the City of Pacifica sent a letter to the FAA regarding aircraft noise, expressing the City's adopted position statements regarding the issue. See a copy of the letter here.

At its January 22, 2018 meeting, the Pacifica City Council adopted City of Pacifica Position Statements Regarding Aircraft Noise.

On May 19, 2016 an Airport Noise Roundtable was held at the Pacifica City Council Chambers.  Other roundtable discussions followed and were hosted in various locations along the San Francisco Peninsula.

Pacifica Airport Noise Presentation - January 5, 2016 (video)

Federal, State and Regional Actions to Address Aircraft Noise

The SFO Airport/Community Roundtable is a voluntary group of elected officials dedicated to representing the citizens of San Francisco and San Mateo County to achieve noise mitigation through a cooperative sharing of authority among the aviation industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SFO management and local government.  Check the SFO Roundtable website for meeting information and additional resources.

12/14/2018 - Speier, Eshoo, Panetta Release Updated FAA Initiative Response To Address Aircraft Noise

Update on Phase Two - FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns - December 2018

Update on Phase Two - FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns - November 2017

The SFO Airport/Community Roundtable Response to the FAA Initiative Phase 1 - a letter dated November 17, 2016 to U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr and Jackie Speier.

SFO Airport/Community Roundtable Meeting Packet August 2, 2017