The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has just approved a $1 million spend to research solutions for the noise Surf Air commuter flights are causing flying in and out of San Carlos Airport. In addition to this $1 million, Public Works Director Jim Porter said the county has spent several hundred thousand dollars.
Supervisor Don Horsley said over the past four years, county officials have met with thousands of people affected by the noise from Surf Air planes.
There are various options out on the table from restricting flight times to changing flight paths.
Online the debate is fierce. Some saying the residents are whiny bitches while others are demanding that the noise issue be resolved.
June 17th, protesters were out at the airport picketing at San Carlos Airport. Although the FAA designates San Carlos as a general aviation airport, Surf Air is allowed to use it because the flights carry fewer than nine passengers; and the airport is considered a “reliever airport” keeping small planes out of the international locations of San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland.
Residents say the noise is impossible to ignore while Surf Air announced that they’ll be adding 48 flights per week this summer. Nobody can seem to confirm how many flights are at issue.
Surf Air rep reports there are 100 to 110 round trips on weekdays. While a Sunnyvale/Cupertino resident said there are 200 flights headed to different airports going over his house daily. So it could be that Surf Air isn’t the totality of the problem.
The other debate is the time of the flights. Surf Air rep says the earliest departure is 6 am and the latest arrival is 10 pm. North Fair Oaks resident says the planes are waking her up at 5:45 am and again at 11:30 pm.
Neighborhood residents who aren’t suffering from the noise are concerned that they will be if the county changes the flight patterns.
San Carlos Airport Noise came at the bottom of the list to other important issues facing the community. With that, how much attention and money should this be given? Should that $1 million be spent somewhere else? The cost of living ranks as the number one concern. Should the $1 million be spent there?
In a completely unscientific poll, where do you stand?