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Noise from low-flying aircraft still troubles towns

Original post made on Dec 3, 2012

For years, at Peninsula community roundtable discussions with noise-abatement officials, representatives from Portola Valley and Woodside have complained about arriving commercial aircraft flying too low, and too noisily, as they pass over a navigation beacon in the Woodside hills.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11:42 PM

Comments

Posted by Haricot Vert, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Come on, people. I've lived in Woodside in plain hearing and view of the common flight paths, and the noise is almost non-existent. We want to be close to transportation hubs, but we shouldn't ever see or hear the planes? Almost every home in Woodside can hear Highway 280. So we need to slow traffic to 30 as the cars come within earshot of Woodside or Portola Valley? Planes have gotten quieter, not noisier.

I suggest double pane windows in the bedroom. Or read "Shogun" and learn to tune out the could-be-annoying but unavoidable aspects of living in such densely populated areas as Portola Valley and Woodside.


Posted by Grant, a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

I'll believe in relief from aircraft noise when the fair-weather student pilots and their instructors stop using the airspace above Woodside Hills for their weekend flying lessons from San Carlos & Palo Alto airports.

Haricot Vert apparently never leaves his home to venture into the garden. There the perpetual noise from small aircraft is invasive as student pilots practice recovering from engine stalls, circling for hours on end during fair weather days--when everyone should be able to venture outside and enjoy the sounds of nature rather than the ambitions of an inexperienced aviator learning to fly an aircraft.

Suggestion: Fly your Cessnas and Piper Cubs over the ocean. That way, when you fail to recover from one of your practice stalls, the Coast Guard can deal with the fallout instead of crashing into a residential neighborhood.