Atherton town officials and representatives of the San Carlos Airport and a new private firm whose flights out of that airport have boosted the noise level over Midpeninsula communities will be among those present at a community meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, in Atherton.
Area residents, particularly from Atherton and the unincorporated North Fair Oaks community, have complained about a significant increase in aircraft noise resulting from the summer launch of the new Surf Air service, which flies aircraft that are larger and noisier than the typical plane that flies out of San Carlos.
Two other firms fly the same aircraft out of San Carlos -- the Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop, and an airport official says the airport accommodates 15 to 20 PC-12 flights daily. But residents say that Surf Air's daily flights have led to a level of noise that greatly diminishes the quality of life in their community, and the planes' altitude on approach to the airport raises safety concerns.
Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Councilman Rick DeGolia have been involved in working with residents and meeting with other officials to address the noise issue; a working group is crafting, at the suggestion of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official, a proposal to create a second flight path into the small, public-use airport that would avoid neighborhoods.
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Representatives from other jurisdictions, including Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller, are also expected to attend the Dec. 9 meeting.
Holbrook-Palmer Park is at 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.
For more information, contact City Manager George Rodericks at 752-0504 or email@example.com.
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