South Field Research Group

The South Field Group was formed to address aircraft noise issues associated with the operation of the primary runway and commercial airline activity and with the air cargo facilities at Oakland International Airport.

As a technical sub-committee of the Noise Forum, the South Field Group meets quarterly and is chaired by the Airport Operations Manager Airside. The group consists of staff from the cities of Alameda and San Leandro, residents from both communities, and airport staff. Representatives from the FAA, Federal Express, and Southwest Airlines serve as advisors to the group. This organization was formed in 2002 at the request of the City of San Leandro. The purpose is to both share information on current procedures and explore options that might exist to reduce the impact of aircraft noise from South Field operations on neighboring communities. The research group evaluates aircraft noise abatement procedures that reduce noise impacts on neighborhoods, while not unduly affecting others, and monitors implementation of these procedures.


  • Matt Davis
    Airside Operations Manager

  • Vacant
    Citizen Representative
    City of San Leandro

  • Paul Sanftner
    Agency Representative
    City of San Leandro

  • Ed Downing
    Citizen Representative
    City of Alameda

  • Jon Hamilton
    Citizen Representative
    City of Alameda

  • Brian McGuire
    Agency Representative
    City of Alameda


  • Jesse Richardson
    Noise/Environmental Compliance

  • Paul Hannah
    Port Airspace Consultant

  • Tommy Singleton 
    FAA Oakland Tower

  • Rhea Hanrahan
    Port Noise Consultant

  • J. Mark Hansen
    Federal Express

  • Ford Frazier
    Southwest Airlines