Opportunity to voice your noise concerns to FAA – Noise Forum Meeting 10/21

Hello Dear Neighbors and subscribers,

CLASS would like to share an opportunity with you to voice your concerns regarding the HUSSH departures procedures. As you may know, OAK HUSSH night time noise abatement departure procedures, as part of the FAA’s NextGen program, replaced the prior SILENT night time noise abatement procedures with a GPS based one.  However, the resulting new route under HUSSH is closer to our BayFarm island, bringing additional noise for night departures.  To revert the noise level to the prior NextGen project, CLASS has been pushing the FAA and other stakeholders to consider moving the new route further away from our residential area by adjusting the turning point.  We’ve made several valid proposals to FAA but the progress has been very slow and even stalled during the past 3 years.We learned that FAA Regional Administrator, Raquel Girvin, plans to provide an update on the status of HUSSH departures at the upcoming Oakland Airport Noise Forum, which will be held on next Wed, Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 PM.  We’d like to encourage you to make your voice heard directly to them by attending the meeting and make verbal comments.  If you can’t make it, we encourage you to send written comments before the meeting so that it will be forwarded and announced at the meeting.   Click here for a detailed meeting agenda and instructions.

Thank you so much for your support

All the best

CLASS

Oakland Airport Noise Alert 10/4-10/5

Happy Friday dear subscribers and neighbors:
 
CLASS Would like to advise residents of Bay Farm and Harbor Bay of an upcoming change in Oakland Airport flight pattern that may affect the noise level in the 94502 area. The Airport will be closing the main South Field Runway for an extended period for scheduled rubber removal. During the following time period, the North Field Runways will be used for jet departures and landings, which means that aircraft will over overfly the harbor bay residential areas and you may experience unusual aircraft noise.
Sunday, October 4th through Monday, October 5th between 10:30 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.

As we mentioned in the last email, with collective efforts and supports from you, we were able to work with the Airport to move these scheduled maintenances back to the midnight time frame, when there are much fewer landing/departure activities comparing to Monday mornings.  Lastly,  if you are disturbed by the noise,  you are encouraged to contact the Noise Hotline at (510)563-6463, or visit the noise management program at http://flyquietoak.com.   All complaints you filed will be reviewed, analyzed, and make a difference in improving the situation.

Have a great weekend!

CLASS

Good News!

Hello near subscribers!  We have good news for you!

With all your efforts to file compliant and continued support, together with many meetings and communications with the airport, we made some significant progress in addressing the recent airport noise issue.  In short, the airport agrees to immediately suspend regularly-scheduled daytime closures of the main runway(30/12) and instead revert back to the typical Monday morning(12:30AM to 6AM) closure window.  This means that much of the daytime noise we experienced in the past two months will be gone!  (Full response message from OAK airport can be found at the bottom of this letter)

We would like to thank all of you who took the time to file complaints and to support CLASS.  The complaints you filed made a big difference in resulting in this matter!   We’ll update you with more details in the near future on this and other airport noise issues.  We also hope you find the noise alerts forwarded by us useful!  If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to let us know: info@classalameda.com

Best,
CLASS

Message from Matt Davis, the OAK Airport Operations Mgr. ( Sep. 18, 2020).
“As a follow-up to the ASAC and the NF/SF Research Group Meetings, I wanted to provide an update regarding the daytime closures of Runway 30/12 at OAK that have been taking place generally since the COVID-19 crisis commenced. During this period, as always, I greatly appreciate the communication that we have with CLASS, as well as the community generally, that has continued to highlight impacts of these daytime closures and although passenger traffic did not significantly recover through the summer, we are, effective immediately, suspending regularly-scheduled daytime closures of Runway 30/12 and instead will revert back to the typical Monday morning (12:30a to 6:00a) closure window. As occurred prior to the current crisis, there will be occasions when the Airport will need to close Runway 30/12 during the day, or extend the nighttime closure window, to accommodate a specific project or maintenance item, or during an emergency or unforeseen event that requires the Runway to be closed immediately. Our intent, however, is to limit, to the extent practicable, the number of times when Runway 30/12 needs to be closed during the day. As always, we remain committed to advising the community when such closures are necessary. Again, I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to work with CLASS to reduce noise impacts to the community and if you have any questions regarding this, or any other issue, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. Thank you,”

OAK Airport Noise Alert – 9/15 & 9/16

Dear subscribers and neighbors:
 
CLASS Would like to advise residents of Bay Farm and Harbor Bay of an upcoming change in Oakland Airport flight pattern that may affect the noise level in the 94502 area. Due to poor air quality, the Taxiway Bravo work scheduled for today was postponed to the following dates:

Tuesday, September 15, between 7:30AM and 3:30PM.
Wednesday, September 16, between 7:30AM and 3:30PM.

Taxiway Bravo connects the South Field to the North Field; please expect jet departures and arrivals on North Field. Aircraft may overfly residential areas and residents may experience unusual aircraft noise.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Noise Hotline at (510)563-6463, or visit the noise management program at http://flyquietoak.com if they are disturbed by the unusual low flying commercial jets over residential areas.

Stay safe!

CLASS

 

Updated – OAK Airport Noise Alert – 9/14&9/15

CLASS Would like to advise residents of Bay Farm and Harbor Bay of an upcoming change in Oakland Airport flight pattern that may affect the noise level in the 94502 area. These changes are due to that portions of the Taxiway Bravo at Oakland International Airport to be closed for facilities maintenance work.

Monday, September 14, between 7:30AM and 3:30PM.

Tuesday, September 15, between 7:30AM and 3:30PM.

Taxiway Bravo connects the South Field to the North Field; please expect jet departures and arrivals on North Field. Aircraft may overfly residential areas and residents may experience unusual aircraft noise. 

Residents are encouraged to contact the Noise Hotline at (510)563-6463, or visit the noise management program at http://flyquietoak.com if they are disturbed by the unusual low flying commercial jets over residential areas.

Stay safe!

CLASS

IS JET NOISE FROM THE OAKLAND AIRPORT DISTURBING YOU?

SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL AND CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

LETTER TEMPLATE #1

As a result of the FAA’s total disregard for the safety and serenity of Alameda’s Bay Farm Island, we residents suffer overflights from takeoffs coming from Oakland International Airport (OAK) that are unnecessary.  The FAA has delayed and ignored continuous requests to revise flight paths to resolve this issue.  It appears that the FAA will react only to political or legal pressure, and I therefore ask that you intercede on behalf of your constituents to induce the FAA to revert to previously approved flight paths.

Until the advent of so-called HUSSH procedures, northbound OAK commercial takeoffs turned leftward over the bay as soon as safety permitted.  Under the current regimen that was adopted without community input, takeoffs with highly concentrated flight paths continue over our community and afflict the same neighborhoods endlessly.

In 2017, Oakland Noise Forum (ONF) submitted a proposal to the FAA supported by our communities and various civic organizations to reevaluate HUSSH procedures.  With total disregard to the citizenry that it is supposed to serve, the FAA has failed to respond in three years.  When recently confronted with its callous disregard, it argued that no progress has been made because the proposal was submitted directly to the FAA rather than through OAK.  Clearly, the FAA had every opportunity to notify ONF of this non-substantive procedural issue.  The FAA has indicated that the ONF proposal would now be placed at the end of its queue of community complaints.  Is this behavior we should expect from a government entity that is supposed to serve the needs of its people?

Prior flight paths are known to be safe, so reverting to them should be carried out forthwith.  Would you please prevail upon the FAA both to place the ONF request at the top of its consideration and to process it on an expedited basis?

Thank you for your consideration.

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LETTER TEMPLATE #2

I live in the community of Harbor Bay Isle, a community of approximately 2,800 homes in the City of Alameda, which is located in close proximity to the Oakland Airport.  Changes made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the airspace in the San Francisco Bay Area as a result of the FAA’s Northern California Metroplex project in November 2014 have exacerbated noise in Alameda and in the surrounding region.  Despite extensive efforts by the local neighborhood groups and the Oakland Airport Noise Forum, the increased noise and disruption have continued.  I am writing to request your support in resolving this issue.

The Next Gen procedures implemented as part of the Metroplex project have compressed flight tracks concentrating flights over certain neighborhoods. Another effect of the new procedures, which is greatly impacting Alameda, is a change in the requirement for pilots to make an immediate left turn toward the Bay when departing the main runway in Oakland. Flights departing the Oakland Airport from the main runway are now waiting longer to make a left to turn over the Bay, resulting in a substantial increase in overflights and noise in western Alameda. These changes are resulting in significant noise impacts to residents of Alameda, particularly in the Harbor Bay Isle and western Alameda.

The increase in noise levels and frequency of overflights is highly disruptive to my community. With the changes made by the FAA, flight tracks are now concentrated and aircraft noise is worse.  These changes have negative health and quality-of-life effects on residents, families, and communities.

Community representatives for Alameda, along with other east bay communities suffering similar impacts, submitted a proposal with recommended flight paths to the FAA through Oakland Airport Noise Forum requesting re-evaluation of several of the new procedures. The proposal was initially submitted in 2017 with a substantial amount of follow up since then, but three years later, the FAA has yet to respond to the proposal. I am writing to request your support regarding the Oakland Noise Forum proposal. I urge your immediate and active engagement to encourage the FAA to work with the Noise Forum in a timely manner to resolve this issue.

Thank you for your consideration.

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The above preceding letters have been prepared as templates to make your communicating with elected representatives easier.  You may cut and paste and make whatever revisions you like, but you can also write a note in your own words.  The addresses for our U.S. Congresswomen and Alameda City Council members are listed below:

The Honorable Barbara Lee (13th District)
United States House of Representatives
1301 Clay Street, Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
https://lee.house.gov/contact/email-me
(510) 763-0370 (Oakland)
(202) 225-2661 (Washington, DC)

The Honorable Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
1 Post St #2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
(415) 393-0707 (San Francisco)
(202) 224-3841 (Washington, DC)

The Honorable Senator Kamala D. Harris 
50 United Nations Plaza, Suite 5584
San Francisco, CA 94102
https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator 
(213) 894-5000 (San Francisco)
(202) 224-3553 (Washington, DC)

Alameda City Council members can be reached at the mailing address below or via their email addresses on the following page:

Alameda City Hall
2263 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 747-7400

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft
email: mezzyashcraft@alamedaca.gov

Vice Mayor John Knox White
email: jknoxwhite@alamedaca.gov

Councilmember Tony Daysog
email: tdaysog@alamedaca.gov

Councilmember Jim Oddie
email: joddie@alamedaca.gov

Councilmember Malia Vella
email: mvella@alamedaca.gov

OAK Airport Noise Alert – 8/31

CLASS would like to advise residents of Bay Farm and Harbor Bay of an upcoming change in Oakland Airport flight pattern that may affect the noise level in the 94502 area.

These changes are due to general  maintenance work being conducted on the main runway on the following dates:

Monday, August 31th from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m

The North Field runways will be used during this time period for jet departures and landings. Aircraft may overfly residential areas and residents may experience unusual aircraft noise.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Noise Hotline at (510)563-6463, or visit the noise management program at http://flyquietoak.com if they are disturbed by the unusual low flying commercial jets over residential areas.

Stay safe!

OAK Airport Noise Alert – 8/24

CLASS would like to advise residents of Bay Farm and Harbor Bay of an upcoming change in Oakland Airport flight pattern that may affect the noise level in the 94502 area.

These changes are due to general  maintenance work being conducted on the main runway on the following dates:

Monday, August 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m

The North Field Runways will be used during these time periods for jet departures and landings.  Aircraft may overfly residential areas and residents may experience unusual aircraft noise.

During the month of July, roughly between 41 and 47 commercial jets flew over the 94502 zip code on Mondays between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Noise Hotline at (510)563-6463, or visit the noise management program at http://flyquietoak.com if they are disturbed by the unusual low flying commercial jets over residential areas.

Stay safe

OAK Airport Noise Alert

CLASS would like to advise all subscribers:

The Oakland International Airport will be closing Runway 12/30 on Monday, August 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for general maintenance work.

The North Field runways will be used during this time period for jet departures and landings. Aircraft may overfly residential areas and residents may experience unusual aircraft noise.

The Port of Oakland apologizes in advance for any disturbances. Aircraft noise concerns may be directed to Noise Hotline at 510-563-6463.

The History of Oakland Airport you may not know

Ed Downing 
Vice President, CLASS  

Aerial view of Oakland Airport in mid 1940s

In 1925, the city of Oakland began to consider construction of an airport to serve Bay Area communities. In 1927, James Dole, head of the Dole pineapple corporation, offered a $25,000 prize to the first pilot who could fly nonstop from the west coast of California to Hawaii. What became known as the Dole Air Race prompted the city of Oakland to purchase 680 acres of land and build what was at that time the longest single runway in the world (7020 ft.). Construction of this runway was completed in just 21 days and the airport was dedicated on September 17, 1927 by none other than Charles Lindberg. Eleven aircraft entered the Dole Air Race. Before the race was completed, 6 aircraft and 10 lives were lost. Two aircraft made it to Hawaii only to find that this feat had already been accomplished by two Army Air Corps lieutenants with very familiar last names…Lt.’s Hegenberger and Maitland. On March 17, 1937 Amelia Earhart took off from Oakland headed west in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. During World War Two, Oakland Airport was converted to Naval Air Station Oakland and used for transpacific cargo flights to support the war. After the war, Boeing and United Airlines established flight training and maintenance bases at Oakland. In 1962, millions of tons of bay fill were used to construct terminal 1 and Oakland’s 10,000 ft. main commercial runway.

So, here we are 60 years after that terminal was built and that runway went into service. Today Oakland Airport has 2 terminals, more than 241,000 flight operations and handles more than 13 million passengers every year. Almost 1.5 million tons of cargo pass through this airport annually. Expansion is in the future for the Oakland Airport. As always, our goal is to work with the airport and the FAA to mitigate the impact of this growth on our communities. We continue to have three primary areas of focus: (1) Work with the airport and the FAA to limit the number of jet departures from the North Field runways (2) Work with the FAA to implement procedures that will take departing commercial jets further away from the Harbor Bay and Alameda shorelines (3) Closely monitor growth by participating in the Port of Oakland’s creative process for airport expansion.

We continue to greatly appreciate your continued support of our efforts.