Fly Quiet Procedures

Top 10 Noise Abatement Considerations

Hats off to our polite pilots graphicNote: Safety is always the top priority. These tips are listed as desired action to lessen impact to neighborhoods surrounding the airport.

  1. DEPARTURE OVER WATER, NOT PEOPLE — The Port of Oakland request that jets depart from Runway 30. Use runway 30 to depart whenever possible.

  2. TAKEOFF UP, NOT OVER — Gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety and begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.

  3. REDUCE POWER SETTING WHEN FLYING LOW OR LANDING — Consider using a reduced power setting if the flight is low or when approaching the airport. Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.

  4. AVOID ENGINE RUN-UPS NEAR HOMES — Avoid performing engine run-ups at the ends of runways near housing developments.

  5. RETRACT LANDING GEAR ASAP — Retract landing gear as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb.

  6. KEEP FLIGHT PATTERNS TIGHT — Fly a tight landing pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible.

  7. USE THE TOOLS — If a PAPI or other visual approach guidance system is available, use it. These devices will indicate a safe glidepath and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.

  8. ADJUSTING PROPELLERS IS LOUD — If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final.

  9. AVOID LOW-LEVEL/HIGH-POWER APPROACHES — It creates high noise impacts and limits options in the event of engine failure.

  10. AVOID FLYING WHEN HUMANS ARE SLEEPING — Between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Most aircraft noise complaints are registered by residents whose sleep has been disturbed by noisy, low-flying aircraft.

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