July 2020, FAA UPDATE
FAA Representative, and Public Engagement Officer, Sky Laron provided an update on the BSR overlay development process by reading aloud a summary letter from the FAA as transcribed below:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work on a proposed change to the SERFR Standard Terminal Arrival Route into the San Francisco International Airport, which overflies some of your local communities. This proposed flight procedure amendment is designed to address recommendations submitted by the Select Committee on South Bay arrivals. The proposed amendment would move the current SERFR to more closely align with the old Big Sur conventional flight procedure. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA, the FAA is conducting an environmental review of the proposed procedure design amendment. Outside of the FAA’s NEPA obligations, the agency will continue to communicate with congressional members and their staff to determine next steps for public outreach. The FAA is developing various communication tools to include videos, flight track maps, storyboards, and other informational materials to communicate this proposed change. So, the agency undertook this project at the recommendation of the Select Committee, which is why as an agency we look to both congressional leaders as well as this body’s leadership to aid in future public engagement and discourse. To date, as part of our environmental review, the FAA has sent letters of initiation of consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) with the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and three local governments associated with the Area of Potential Effect (APE). The FAA also sent a letter to the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), a input about potential effects to cultural resources. As the FAA was in the process of initiating consultation, the Covid-19 pandemic occurred. The FAA recognizes that this situation effects the consultation timetable, and ultimately those of other federal, state, and local agencies. The FAA will continue to evaluate the situation in the coming weeks, and will continue to reach out to other consulting and interested parties. So, as you know, there is no easy answer to address aircraft noise. These active public airports here in the Bay Area have byproducts, both good and bad to communities. Aviation is taking quite a hit right now, but aviation activity at your airports is an economic engine that brings benefits to your communities. Unfortunately, at the same time such activity, the coming and going of airplanes, can bother some members of your communities. Which is why the collective effort of everyone involved, as we are here today, is so important. We’re committed to continue to work with you, the airports, the airlines, and elected leaders
July 20, 2021 from 6-8 p.m.
July 21, 2021 from 1-3 p.m.
The FAA has committed to a virtual Community Workshop this summer to discuss the Select Committee recommendations and will include the SERFR procedure amendment.
The public will be allowed to ask questions during the briefing regarding any of the items discussed. This public meeting will be recorded and posted to the FAA’s Northern California Community Involvement website soon afterward for anyone unable to attend.
We will provide information as we obtain it.
The Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Counties Airport/Community Roundtable
is an aircraft-noise mitigation forum that brings together municipalities and community members in the region in a spirit of collaboration to seek resolutions to aircraft noise concerns.