NextGen and Aircraft Noise Increase

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a new air traffic control system scheduled to be completed in 2025. It aims to modify air traffic control from a radar-based system with radio communication to a satellite-based system, using  GPS-defined waypoints, with data communication. The lauded benefits are savings in fuel, reduced emissions, reduced traffic delays, increase in capacity, and it was claimed,  without an increase in noise pollution.


Elizabeth L. Ray, Vice President, Mission Air Traffic Organization FAA, stated "The Proposed Action (i.e. implementing NextGen) would not result in significant noise impact"  in July 2014.

The FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision (FONSI-ROD) for the Northern California Metroplex, which refers to local towns situated under flight paths from the San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC) airports.


What Residents Are Experiencing

The SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office is drowning in aircraft noise complaints from local residents. There was a total of 14,726 complaints in all of 2014 (pre-NextGen).  There were 210,991 complaints for the month of November 2015 ALONE, from residents ranging as far north as San Francisco and as far south as Watsonville.

What Woodside Residents Are Experiencing

Unfortunately, Woodside has also experienced a sudden sharp increase in airplane noise, particularly since mid-October 2015.  The noise complaints have included disturbed sleep from flights as early as 4am and as late as past midnight, not being able to enjoy the outdoors or quiet family time due to periods of the day with flights every 2-3 minutes, disturbing loud "whine" from the Airbus 320 planes, and loud noise from the use of speed brakes.

TAKE ACTION:  Help Our Elected Officials to Strongly Represent Our Concerns to the FAA. Click on the buttons below to email our elected officials, to attend the Select Committee  and the SFO Roundtable meetings, and to report aircraft noise.

Woodside was founded on the principle of preserving a tranquil, rural character.

Airplane noise is destroying this tranquil, rural character.