County of San Mateo Airports Noise Abatement Program

County of San Mateo Airports Voluntary Noise Abatement Program

Our goal is to minimize the noise annoyance experienced by our residential neighbors. We continuously implement programs in a twofold effort to reach the community and pilots:

Pilot Outreach

We reach out to resident tenant pilots, flight schools and transient pilots. We keep them up to date with the latest procedures, we attend meetings and host seminars with extensive Q&A sessions. We talk with transient pilots and explain how important noise mitigation is to us.

San Carlos/Half Moon Bay Video Series

Comprehensive video series depicting stunning new 4K videos designed to show pilots or anyone interested how to fly our voluntary noise abatement procedures at both San Carlos and Half Moon Bay Airports. We are very proud of how the series turned out. The videos are not only highly informative and educational, they are beautiful and entertaining to watch. View the San Carlos / Half Moon Bay Airports Video Series »

Fly Friendly Program

San Carlos/Half Moon Bay airport’s fly friendly program has been designed to assess the needs of the surrounding communities and to outline the responsibilities of the pilots flying into and out of our airports. 

Our program consists of voluntary noise abatement procedures which were designed, over time, to provide inbound and outbound flight paths that, to the extent possible, avoid residential areas and reduce the impact of aircraft operations on the community.

Our program also consists of a Fly Friendly video series flown by local pilots that show an airborne perspective of the correct way to utilize each of the voluntary noise abatement procedures. We believe these videos will assist local as well as transient pilots to fly safe, friendly and quiet.

Pilots, please view the Airports' Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures »

Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT)

The San Carlos Air Traffic Control Tower is a contract Control Tower operated by Serco with oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We partner very closely with the control tower as they are an integral part in the implementation of our noise policies, programs and procedures. 

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