October 10 (Sat) 12:00pm How to Stay Safe and Not Irritate People on the Ground at the Same Time: A review of noise abatement procedures for SF Bay Area airports

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Anytime you’re flying below your enroute altitude, you should be actively selecting a route that allows for a safe landing in the event of engine failure.  Selecting the right safe approach into an airport area is generally left entirely to the pilot.  However, the rise of communities clustered in close proximity to airports gives rise to a new concern - Noise Abatement Procedures.

Flying is freedom for many of us.  For some, it is one of our most cherished freedoms.  With freedom, comes responsibility, and we must acknowledge that our hobby/passion/lifestyle does have a larger footprint on our neighbors and our neighborhoods than something like stamp collecting. We make noise; we scare people; we distract people; and our ways are often misunderstood by the people on the ground.

In this FAA Safety Seminar for Pilots, we discuss the ways Bay Area pilots can minimize their impact on the local communities with a thorough review of the Noise Abatement Procedures established for Bay Area airports.  What are the local routes?  What are the local procedures?  What days/times have we agreed as pilots to limit some types of activities?  What role does the Airport Office play?  What authority does the tower have?  What happens when your flight plan requires an early morning or non-standard departure?


SCFC flight instructors will show that adhering to local noise abatement procedures may bring additional risk to a pilot guarding against engine failure.  Together, let’s identify a way we can fly both safely and quietly.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.


San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.