This is a Special Edition to thank the candidates who responded to the Sky Posse 2020 PACC election Questionnaire.
Thank you candidates Eisenberg, Lee, Malone, Tanaka and Templeton for your responses! We appreciate your taking the time to consider airport noise issues and offer your ideas and perspectives to our community. We are lucky to have you in the race! Good luck to all!
Below are the responses to the five Sky Posse questions that were sent to all the 2020 PACC candidates. We encourage you to share this email which will also be posted on the Sky Posse website.
Candidate Responses (click on the following links):
Looking ahead and upcoming meetings:
CATEX: SFO has so far indicated that they will use CATEX for the implementation of their planned new landing system (GBAS) claiming that these procedures are merely “overlays”-- a highly controversial term which seeks to create the appearance that there are no changes from historical paths when in actuality they may be adding more planes to a route, lowering altitudes, or other changes. Also, there have been no previous environmental reviews for some of the so called historical paths. We consider that Catex would be highly inappropriate for GBAS and that the highest level review - an Environmental Impact Statement might be in order. We need YOUR support to make sure that our elected representatives make our concerns known before this train keeps moving without any community say. There is an update on GBAS at the SFO Roundtable Zoom meeting this evening, and a replay of the meeting will also be posted.
METROPLEX: Piecemeal actions do not address the interrelated and interdependent nature of our regional airspace. There is a lack of coordination among our multiple airports and roundtables on environmental impacts. No progress on this yet because both SJC and SFO, for example, do not participate in the SCSC roundtable which are the Midpeninsula cities. The next SCSC meeting is on October 28.
NOISE: It’s a good step that a temporary SFO noise monitor will collect data at a location in Palo Alto per the 9/28 City update. We still have not found definitive rules for permanent monitors. These will likely depend on if they are funded by the FAA or SFO.