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About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildi... (More)
About this blog: Growing up in Brooklyn, NY I lived in high-density housing and experienced transit-oriented services first hand. During high school and college summers I worked in Manhattan drafting tenant floor plans for high-rise office buildings. This could have been a career option, but my interest in computers - unusual at the time - led me to the computer science program at the University of Wisconsin. A programming job on Page Mill Road brought me to Palo Alto after college. Since 1993 I consult on bridging law and technology, and serve as an expert witness in Intellectual Property litigation. We moved to Menlo Park's Linfield Oaks neighborhood in 1994. Neighborhood traffic issues motivated my initial volunteering as a Menlo Park Planning Commissioner, followed by a stint as a Chamber of Commerce board member and most recently a finance/audit committee member. I advocate community volunteering for meeting people, the neighborhoods, and understanding the myriad issues that somehow arise. As hobbies I collect contemporary art and vintage cameras. And? fly helicopters, which offer rare views of the nooks and crannies of the Bay Area. (Hide)
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A Perspective on Surf Air Approaches to San Carlos
Uploaded: Dec 7, 2013
Surf Air, an aviation startup with a novel model for providing convenient service for commuters between the peninsula and Los Angeles, has been taking flack for the noise they generate over neighborhoods in Menlo Park and Atherton ? as well as cumulative sins by others. I'm a fan of Surf Air and hope they're successful.
Out of curiosity I reviewed the official FAA GPS approach to San Carlos, and superimposed the flight path on a street map of Atherton and Menlo Park. Photos attached. If anyone wants copies let me know. On the map is a spot labeled CUZUP ? that's the point at which the aircraft can begin to descend from 2000 feet. (The shiny blue circle denotes my house ? right under the flight path so I share the pain). But the noise doesn't bother me.
In clear weather there are options to fly an approach over less impacted areas. Or circle to land joining right traffic for Runway 30.
What is it worth to you?
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