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November 18, 2019



4:30 am- Roaring constant.

Peggy McLaughlin

Thanks for reporting and staying on top of this topic Joe. I know it's a tremendous amount of work!


It would be nice if the SF Chronicle would assign one of its own reporters to work on airport noise instead of importing from the NY Times, but it's better than nothing:


This bit is utter nonsense:

Thanks to quieter engines and planes, fewer people are exposed to significant noise now than in the mid-1970s, falling to just over 400,000 now from about 7 million, according to the FAA. The number of people flying has risen to 1 billion from 200 million in 1975.

And this guy should join our SFO Runway Noise efforts:

“It is a tinderbox of conflict between airports and the residents that surround them,” said Henry Harteveldt, founder of Atmosphere Research Group, a travel-industry advisory firm. His own sleep has been interrupted by noise from San Francisco International Airport.

And here is a bit of discussion around possible solutions:

Experts say there are ways to make noise less noticeable. For example, Hollywood Burbank Airport asks passenger airlines to comply with a curfew of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Slowing the speed of the airplane is possible, although that increases carbon dioxide and other emissions, making an aircraft less fuel-efficient and an airline less environmentally responsible.

Peter Garrison

How about quiet from 1am to 5am?
Too much to ask?
Who just has to depart at 215am Sunday?


Ask the cargo carriers. The 2 - 3 a.m. flights appear to be westbound 747 freighters.

Peter Garrison

2:40 am: Stunningly quiet. Could hear our owl hooting. Wonderful.


1:22 am and just loud as can be. How is this legal?

Peter Garrison

Like most abuse, it happens slowly, by stages. No problem with airport noise, just airport noise all night long. Has to be injurious to people’s health.

Twenty years from now people won’t believe this was allowed- like our past in allowing smoking on airplanes...


This is why we had to move away. Been to the meetings, posted signs, filed suits, did the monitoring etc... SFO personnel were trying to convince us that nothing had changed and suggested that we did. The monitoring only captures the noise and not the vibrations/waves that are the most harmful. I have lived my whole life in Burlingame and after 45 years we had to say goodbye. I hope someday that something will actually come from all these efforts. We tried for as long as we could, but our health became a REAL concern. I also couldn't deal with all the HATERS (ie: HollyRoller) that would say "you live near an airport, so deal with it". Good luck!


Mike, your decision to leave makes me sad. I get it and I don't blame you, but it makes me sad. Would it be OK with you if I share your comment with the judge this coming Tuesday in court?

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