|Buchanan Field Airport is located closely to several residential
areas. To be a good neighbor to the surrounding community, the Airport
has developed a noise management program to help keep the noise
to community from aircraft
operating at the Airport to a minimum. Contra Costa County Airports
Noise Management Program is directed toward pilot education and
cooperation. Responsible pilots make all the difference.
Pilots are asked to follow these procedures in a cooperative effort.
Pilots are to follow direction given by the Federal Aviation Administration
Air Traffic Control Tower. Safety always supersedes noise abatement
procedures and the pilot
in command has the final authority as to the safe flight of his
ALL AIRCRAFT ARE ASKED TO AVOID OVERFLYING RESIDENTIAL AREAS
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
ALL AIRCRAFT ARE ASKED TO USE BEST RATE OF CLIMB AND MANAGE
PROPELLER TO REDUCE NOISE IMPACT TO THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY.
NO INTERSECTION DEPARTURES ARE ALLOWED ON ANY RUNWAY
NOISE SENSITIVE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES:
All pilots should be aware of the noise sensitive residential
communities surrounding Buchanan Field Airport and should strive
to use proper noise management techniques to help minimize the
noise impact from their
operations. Pilots should be aware of the mobile home parks immediately
west of the Airport, the residential community immediately to
the northeast of the Airport, and the school and residential communities
running from the south to the southwest of the Airport.
Fixed Wing Aircraft under-Pattern altitude is 1026 feet MSL
Jet aircraft or aircraft over 12, 500 lbs.-Pattern altitude
is 1526 feet MSL
Helicopters operating in the pattern are at 626 feet MSL
As stated in Airport Ordinance 87-8, training and/or proficiency
operations, including "touch and go" and "stop
and go" operations are prohibited from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00
a.m., local time. This restriction extends until 8:00 a.m., local
time, on weekends and holidays.
Contra Costa County Airports has Ordinance 88-82 (the Noise
Ordinance) that restricts the older and noisier models of jet
aircraft from operating at the Airport. Aircraft listed in Federal
Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 36-3 as being rated over
78 dBA on takeoff are prohibited from operating at Buchanan Field
Airport. Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am., aircraft
listed in Advisory Circular 36-3 as being rated over 75.0 dBA
on takeoff are prohibited from operating at Buchanan Field Airport.
Aircraft that are operating on a "Lifeguard" mission
exempt from this Ordinance.
Please call the Director of Airport Office, at 925-646-5722,
for further noise management information.
Runways 32 are the preferred departure runways. Pilots operating
on these runways are requested to climb to an altitude of 700
feet before beginning their crosswind turn, unless directed otherwise
Runway 32L is the preferred touch and go runway. Pilots operating
on Runway 32L should be aware of the noise sensitive mobile home
and residential communities immediately west of the airport. Pilots
should also be aware training helicopters operating in the pattern
at an altitude of 600 feet located west of Runway 32L. No turns
prior to the railroad tracks (approximately 1 1/2 miles).
Pilots operating on Runway 32R should be aware of the residential
communities immediately to the northeast of the airport and utilize
noise management techniques while in the traffic pattern.
All pilots operating on Runways 19 should be aware of the noise
sensitive residential communities to south and southwest of the
Airport. Unless otherwise directed by ATC, pilots are also requested
to climb to an altitude of 700 feet before beginning their crosswind
Runway 19L is preferred Touch and Go Runway. Pilots operating
on Runway 19L are requested to remain east of Contra Costa Boulevard.
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) jet and high performance aircraft
operating on Runway 19R are requested to make a left turn to the
VOR for noise management.
Pilots operating on Runway 01 should be aware of the noise sensitive
residential communities immediately northeast of the Airport.
Pilots operating on Runway 01R are requested not to begin their
crosswind turn until passing Highway 4.