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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.

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