Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft Visits Air Traffic Control Tower at Oakland Airport

By Matt Pourfarzaneh, President, CLASS

I am happy to report that we continue making progress with the FAA and will remain hopeful of the outcome. As members of the Oakland Airport Noise Forum NextGen Subcommittee, we met with the FAA representatives on January 15, 2020, for several hours and discussed the Oakland nighttime flight departures (HUSSH Procedure) that has impacted our community. We spent a lot of time on this topic – and the FAA has agreed to look into several alternative ways to remedy this nighttime noise issue. We are planning to meet again with the FAA representatives on April 15, 2020, to review their progress on this matter.

On February 11, 2020, Executive Members of the CLASS together with the Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and some of her staff, visited the Oakland Air Traffic Control Tower. The visit lasted for an hour and discussions focused on the noise abatement procedures, staffing, and history of the construction of the new control tower. The Mayor and her staff spent a good amount of time talking with the traffic controller staff and discussing their responsibilities.

Overall, it was a very productive visit and CLASS is very thankful to the Mayor as well as to the city staff for their support and for being engaged in the Airport noise issues.

Please keep in mind that submitting noise complaints to the Oakland Noise Office is critical to keeping the FAA aware of the ongoing impact of the flight noise to our community. Just one complaint a day to the Airport would keep the pressure on. To report a complaint, please visit the link below:

We know it’s hard to constantly keep at it – but it’s important to do so, if we want to continue making progress, towards resolving the aircraft noise issue.

Your continued support of our efforts in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendar! – Class Annual Meeting on Dec 9th

Come tonight! – Learn everything about the OAK Airport Noise issue and enjoy the refreshment at CLASS annual meeting

Oak Airport Noise Alert 10/29 8AM-12PM.

CLASS forwards the below airport noise alert from the Port of Oakland – 

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The Port of Oakland will be closing Taxiway Bravo at Oakland International Airport for general maintenance work.

Taxiway Bravo will be closed during the following period: Monday, October 29th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Taxiway Bravo connects the North Field to the South Field. Residents may experience corporate jet departures and arrivals from North Field which may cause 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.

OAK Airport Noise Alert – 10/14 Sunday 11:30PM to 6AM

CLASS forwards the below airport noise alert from the Port of Oakland – 

The Oakland International Airport will be closing Runway 12 30 on Sunday, October 14th from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for rubber removal.

During this closure, jet departures and arrivals will be permitted from North Field.

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

CLASS Anuual Meeting 11/12 – Come to learn everything about the OAK Airport Noise issue and enjoy the refreshment!

Voice your anger and frustration at FAA’s rejection of all noise mitigation recommendations on Oct 17th!

Hello All Neighbours!

We have received the highly anticipated FAA response to the Oakland Airport Noise Forum Noise Mitigation Proposal that was submitted on March 2017 – it’s a major disappointment! NONE of the 36 Noise Forum recommendations, proposed by a group of aviation experts, were supported!

Despite the fact that the FAA has repeatedly stated that they would seriously undertake consideration of all possible and feasible alternatives to the current NextGen flight paths, they rejected nearly all of our recommendations and didn’t offer any alternatives or counter proposals.  This is unacceptable!

Their response included:

Rejection of both proposed HUSSH (night time departures as well as OAK9 and CANDEL (day time departures flight path alternatives, despite the fact that our alternatives comply with NextGen goals of safety and efficiency, and the current flight path does not!

No alteration or modification of any east bound SFO departures.

Rejection of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s specific request to meet and establish an effective framework to deal with the noise issues.

Click HERE to read the full, and technical, FAA Updated Response.


Voice your anger and frustration at the FAA at the Noise Forum’s upcoming Oct 17th meeting.

The FAA Updated Response will be on the agenda.  We need an impressive turnout to show our unified commitment to revising the FAA findings.

Thank the Noise Forum members for their support and encourage them to keep it up. We need to let them know we won’t give up till the noise is mitigated!

 OAK Airport Community Noise Forum Meeting

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018


Port of Oakland Building – 2nd Floor

530 Water Street, Oakland in Jack London Square

Thanks for your support and remember to keep complaining to the airports and our elected officials!

CLASS Continues Fight to Reduce Aircraft Noise on Multiple Fronts – 2018 Q3 Update

It’s been a busy few months for your CLASS representatives. We have been working on multiple fronts to monitor Oakland Airport operations and developments and trying to make headway in reducing aircraft noise for the community. Below is a summary update of CLASS’s efforts in the past few months.

Oakland Airport Initiates Update of Their Master Plan For Expansion

The airport has indicated that they are beginning the process of updating their master plan, which will include the expansion of some airport facilities. While the airport has not released any documents describing specific plans, they have indicated that the expansion may include additional gates and expanded parking for corporate jets on the north field. These sorts of expansions can lead to more flights and consequently more noise. CLASS will continue to work diligently in monitoring the Port’s activities on your behalf and sharing proposed expansion plans as they are made public.

Northern California Metroplex

The FAA responded to the Oakland Airport Community Noise Management Forum’s (Noise Forum) with a disappointing response to the Noise Forum’s requests for changes to the new NextGen operations.  The Noise Forum’s proposal included requests addressing three aircraft operations that have increased noise in Alameda communities. The changes, which had to do with daytime and nighttime departures on the south field runway, requested that aircraft be directed away from the Bay Farm Island and the Alameda shoreline sooner during takeoff, which would reduce noise to residents. The FAA responded that the changes requested are not feasible due to creating conflicts with flights departing from the San Francisco Airport.

As reported previously, the FAA did make two concessions:

  • FAA renewed efforts to ensure that all planes fly to REBAS (a navigational way point in the Bay) before vectoring eastward over residential areas
  • FAA refused SFO Roundtable’s request to change TRUKN departures from SFO in a way that would have negatively impacted the East Bay.

CLASS will continue to work on these issues through the Noise Forum Subcommittee on the Metroplex project and will continue to coordinate with Oakland Airport staff to follow up with the FAA.

Noncompliant North Field Jet Departures

CLASS continues to work closely with the Port’s aviation staff to improve jet compliance with noise abatement procedures. While the number of noncompliant departures varies from quarter to quarter, we have seen a worsening trend in noncompliance in the past five years. The airport noise office follows up with noncompliant pilots by sending them a letter highlighting how their departure was noncompliant and requesting that they follow the voluntary procedures to protect residents from noise.  This past year CLASS has been working to find new ways to reduce noncompliance.  We are working with Oakland Airport to improve methods of communicating with noncompliant pilots to convey the impacts to people experiencing the noise they produce. 

CLASS has also been working with the new Oakland Airport Air Traffic Control tower manager to ensure that controllers are aware of noise abatement procedures and are doing their best to encourage pilots to follow them. Several Executive Committee members took a tour of the tower and met with the tower manager and staff and relay the community’s concerns. The visit was informative for both CLASS and the controllers and we hope that our continued engagement will help improve compliance.

City of Alameda’s Airport Operations Committee

Two of CLASS’s Executive Committee members also serve on the City of Alameda’s Airport Operations Committee, which is tasked with advising the City Council and City staff on operations and development issues at Oakland Airport that impacts Alameda communities. The AOC will be updating the City Council on airport noise issues in October.


CLASS Annual Meeting

The CLASS annual meeting is coming up!

When:  Monday, November 12 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Harbor Bay Island Community Center at 3195 McCartney Rd. Alameda.

We hope you will join us for an update on CLASS’s work.  Refreshments will be served!


Finally, as always, CLASS needs your continued help in calling in noise complaints. While the number of people registering their complaints has increased (208 callers filing 2063 complaints between April and June this year compared to 131 callers filing 860 complaints for the same period last year), we encourage everyone who is disturbed by aircraft noise to voice your complaints! You can file a complaint by calling 510-563-6463 or online at the airport noise website at or at

Thanks for your continued support of CLASS.