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Atherton: Residents air noise, safety concerns at Surf Air meeting

Original post made on Dec 10, 2013

More than one local resident testified at a community meeting in Atherton on Monday (Dec. 9) that they remember exactly when Surf Air began flying – it was the day they thought a plane was about to land on their home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 11:43 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by matt, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

So a startup business operates completely within the law, follows safety guidelines to a tee, and respectfully tries to work with the community, but just gets more flak for being "bad growth" -- despite serving the needs of many fellow community members.

Only in Atherton -- where there are few meaningful problems to speak of -- can this happen.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I would be ashamed if Atherton's solution is simply to shift their problem to East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.

And the more easterly approach would also create a conflict with airplanes arriving and depart Palo Alto airport.

The solution is a Controlled Descent Approach starting from a higher altitude not moving the problem to less vocal and less powerful communities.


Posted by Charles, a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

The ideal solution would be to close these small airports, recognizing them as the environmental and quality-of-life liabilities that they are.
San Carlos' airport location would make a great wetland.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Charles - In 20 years that could be done but until then the City of San Carlos and the City of Palo Alto have a contractual obligation to keep these airports open. And every year they accept new FAA Airport Improvement grants that obligation extends another year.

And long before then, as the three major bay area airports become saturated, the role of these airports will be more fully appreciated.

Many people view Highway 101 as an "environmental and quality-of-life" liability - and most of it WAS once bayland.


Posted by Jim Wiley, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:17 am

The Surf Air noise problem seems to shift to the Menlo Park Willows, Palo Alto Crescent Park and the Duveneck/St. Francis Neighborhoods Web Link


Posted by Trade Ya, a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

Glad you brought this up, Atherton - while we are talking about moving flight paths, how about we shift the thousands of Jumbos flying into SFO from over East Menlo and East Palo Alto into Atherton's backyards.

Nothing like having jet airbrakes set over your house at 11PM and again at 5 AM, night after night. And sometimes in between too!


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