Noise complaints for the San Carlos Airport have spiked in recent years.

San Carlos Airport to hold open house on noise study

The San Carlos Airport will hold an open house Thursday to discuss a new federally-funded noise study of the area surrounding the airport following an increasing number of complaints about aircraft noise in recent years.

The Federal Aviation Administration Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study, which is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete, will aim to identify current and projected noise levels in the airport area and propose strategies to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will receive final recommendations for consideration to reduce airport noise, which will be sent to the FAA for its approval as well.

The board in July is also slated to consider noise mitigation measures, including a proposed curfew and restrictions on the number of flights into and out of the airport.

San Mateo County spokesperson Michelle Durand said in 2012 people lodged 60 complaints, but that number grew to 152 in 2013, 9,352 last year and 2,842 already so far this year. Durand could not say why the number of complaints has skyrocketed.

The county’s proposal has been criticized by members of the San Carlos Airport Association, which represents pilots and friends of the airport.

President Carol Ford said in a post on the association’s website, “The curfew was a surprise and completely unacceptable.”

The proposal has no legal basis, according to Ford. Officials with the association are studying the impact of a recent court ruling in a case involving East Hampton Town in New York state in which the court struck down a law similar to the county’s proposal.

Residents have expressed concerns about the number of flights into the airport and the level of noise, especially during times when more residents are at home.

The proposal would limit flights for some aircraft based on the decibel level of the plane and flights by some planes would be banned between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day, according to county officials.

Thursday’s open house is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Those unable to attend may access the materials from the meeting at http://sancarlosnoise.airportstudy.com.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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