San Francisco International Airport
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ELEVATION: 11 ft.
NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES
Airport Rules and Regulations - Rule 11.0 Noise Abatement Regulation (Resolution No. 09-0274, Effective December 1, 2009) The full content may be viewed at:
In order to reduce the noise impacts surrounding the San Francisco International Airport, the City and County of San Francisco developed a Noise Abatement Regulation to provide aircraft operators guidance for operating at SFO. Specific noise abatement procedures are as follows:
To reduce the impacts of aircraft noise in surrounding communities, particularly between the hours of 2300 and 0700, the airport encourages the use of the following procedures:
1) Weather and traffic conditions permitting, aircraft are requested to use the over water departure and arrival runways (Arrivals on Runways 28 L/R and Departures on Runways 10L/R).
2) When departing on Runway 28L/R, use the Shoreline Departure procedure whenever possible.
3) When departing straight out on Runway 28L/R use the appropriate ICAO A or AC 91-53A noise abatement climb procedure to reduce noise impacts on communities close to the airport.
4) Use the Quiet Bridge Approach to Runway 28L/R
1) 1st violation in a 12 month period - letter of admonishment from
the Airport Director.
2) The Airport Director shall notify the operator in writing whether
a variance is granted and include any instructions or restrictions pertaining
to the waiver.
The San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable and the Airport have created the Fly Quiet Program to assess and report quarterly the pilots compliance with the Airport Rules and Regulations.
Fly Quiet Program:
1) The overall noise quality of each airline's fleet operating at SFO.
Flight Crews: By operating your aircraft as quietly as possible, you can directly influence your airline's Fly Quiet Program score. Here are some guidelines for maintaining a high score in the Fly Quiet Program:
(a) Preferential Runway Use Program - Between 0100 and 0600 (LT) the preferred departure runways for noise abatement are Runways 10 L/R. Pilots of heavy aircraft can significantly improve their airline's Fly Quiet Program scores by departing on Runways 10 L/R (weather permitting).
|(b) Shoreline Departure Turn Quality - The radius of the initial turn
after departure off Runways 28 L/R is a grading element of the Fly Quiet
Program. Runway 28 L/R departures making excessively wide right turns
overfly residential noise sensitive areas. By completing the initial right
turn prior to crossing Highway 101, aircraft remain over industrial and
commercial areas. This applies to all Instrument Departure Procedures
(IDPs) requiring right turns after departing Runways 28 L/R.
(c) Gap Departure Climb Quality - This straight out departure off Runways 28 L/R directs aircraft over heavily populated areas. Since "higher is quieter", the Airport keeps track of aircraft altitudes along the departure route. Scores are assigned at specific points, or gates, set approximately one mile apart, with higher scores given to those aircraft that reach higher altitudes at the gates. It is preferred that aircraft making straight-out departures from Runways 28 L/R climb as rapidly as possible.
(d) Noise Exceedance Rating - Maximum noise level limits are established
for selected noise monitor stations surrounding SFO. Pilots can improve
their airline's exceedance rating by utilizing the Preferential Runway
Use Program and complying precisely with the Gap and Shoreline Departure
CONTINUOUS DESCENT ARRIVAL
(CDA) - NONE
OPERATING QUOTA - NONE
NOISE BUDGET RESTRICTIONS - NONE
NOISE SURCHARGE - NONE
NOISE MITIGATION/LAND USE PLANNING PROGRAM INFORMATION
NOISE LEVEL LIMITS - NONE
STAGE 2 RESTRICTIONS
STAGE 2 PHASEOUT
STAGE 3 RESTRICTIONS - NONE