Proposed San Carlos Airport Ordinance

The Board of Supervisors will likely consider noise abatement solutions, including the potential restrictions in July. The proposed operational changes at the airport are the latest step to address continued community concerns about the number of flights into the airport and noise levels, especially during hours when more residents are at home. The proposal calls for fewer flights for some aircraft, based on their certified noise level. If approved, flights for some aircraft will also be prohibited between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day.

Comments regarding the proposed ordinance should be emailed to: If clicking on the link does not open your email client, you can open your email and send directly to The suggested Subject Line for the email is SQL Flight Restrictions.

We encourage you to communicate your support for the proposed ordinance (curfew).

Angered by noise from Pilatus PC-12s operated by Surf Air, residents of San Mateo county have taken a new tack in their fight to shut down the operation. A proposed curfew ordinance, drafted by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, would limit any operator to one take-off and one landing of a noisy airplane between 6pm and 9pm and prohibit all operations after 9pm. In a thinly-veiled attempt to target Surf Air s PC-12 specifically, the definition of noisy airplane is one whose FAA certificated noise level exceeds 74.5dBA. There are several PC-12 configurations, but the quietest one is rated at 74.6dBA.

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Related article in the Almanac, March 6, 2017