Noise Program History

For more than 40 years, the Port of Oakland has made continuous efforts to develop programs that minimize noise on surrounding communities at Oakland International Airport. Long before today's sophisticated noise-monitoring system was installed, airport management met regularly with aircraft operators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and community representatives to develop noise abatement procedures. The airport continues to meet with these groups today to seek ways to balance all concerns — noise and other environmental issues, consumer and air carrier demands, economic opportunities, and regional transportation needs -- while maintaining safety as its number one priority. Pilot education has been, and will continue to be, an important part of Oakland International Airport's noise abatement program.


  • Noise Abatement Task Force is established.
  • Engine Run-up Policy is established.
  • North Field Preferential Runway Use Program is established.
  • South Field Small Plane Departure Policy is established.



  • North Field Visual Flight Rule (VFR) Flight Patterns are changed to direct planes and helicopters over the estuary and industrial areas.
  • South Field "Silent" Departure Flight Pattern is implemented for nighttime.
  • Blimp VFR Departure and Climb Procedures are established.
  • North Field Departures heading southbound from Runways 10R and 10L are advised to turn right towards the Bay to avoid flying over San Leandro residential areas.
  • Pilots of small cargo aircraft departing from South Field and flying VFR are advised to make a left 270 degree turn and fly over the airport when heading east, to avoid flying over residential areas neighboring the airport.
  • North Field Preferential Runway Use Program is modified - North Field operations over Alameda are restricted between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.



  • North Field VFR departures from Runways 28L, 28R and 33 are advised to turn right and intercept I-880 before turning.
  • Noise monitoring microphones are installed in Alameda, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo.
  • North Field Noise Abatement runway signs are installed.
  • North Field Flight Research/Pattern Research Group is formed.
  • Pilot Sound Insulation Program of four homes in noise impact area is implemented.
  • Noise Abatement Task Force becomes the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum



  • The Alameda Sound Insulation Program is completed for 558 homeowners who participated in the program, resulting in a participation rate of 89 percent.
  • North Field "SALAD" departure flight pattern is implemented.
  • $4.5 Million Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE) "Hush-House" is built.
  • Runway 12 nighttime Quiet Departure is developed.
  • An airport noise management website is implemented WebTrak, a near-live flight display on the Airport website.
  • Additional remote noise monitor terminals are installed.
  • The South Field Research Group is formed.
  • The nighttime Rolling Take-off noise abatement procedure is established.
  • New reports are developed for Alameda and Berkeley to monitor and report on aircraft noise abatement programs.
  • Noise monitoring system is upgraded to a Microsoft Windows platform.
  • The San Leandro Home Sound Insulation Program is funded by the Port of Oakland.
  • Sound Insulation Programs for the San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts are funded by the Port of Oakland.



  • The remote noise monitoring system is replaced with state-of-the-art terminals and ANOMS upgrades and new modules are installed with a $1.25M federal grant.
  • The OAK Noise Office website is updated and includes a new version of WebTrak services for flight investigation by community residents, new services for the airline and pilot community, WhisperTrack, and WebTrak Fly Quiet.