Program History

GRE Night Shot | Oakland International Airport Noise ManagementFor 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, 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.

  • 1970's
  • 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.
  • 1980's
  • South Field "Silent 7" Departure Flight Pattern is implemented.
  • Blimp VFR Departure and Climb Procedures are established.
  • North Field Departures heading southbound from Runways 9R and 9L 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 27L, 27R and 33 are advised to turn right and intercept I-880 before turning.
  • 1990's
  • 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 was completed for 558 homeowners who participated in the program, which resulted in a participation rate of 89 percent.
  • 2000's
  • North Field "Salad One" departure flight pattern is implemented.
  • $4.5 Million Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE) "Hush-House" was built.
  • Runway 11 nighttime Quiet Departure was developed.
  • An airport noise management website was implemented. WebTrak is a near-live flight display on the Airport website.
  • Additional remote noise monitor terminals were installed.
  • The South Field Research Group was formed.
  • The nighttime Rolling Take-off noise abatement procedure was established.
  • New reports were developed for Alameda and Berkeley to monitor and report on aircraft noise abatement programs.
  • Noise monitoring system was upgraded to a Microsoft Windows platform.
  • The San Leandro Home Sound Insulation Program was funded by the Port.
  • Sound Insulation Programs for the San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts was funded by the Port of Oakland.
  • The remote noise monitoring system was replaced with state-of-the-art terminals and ANOMS upgrades and new modules were installed with a $1.25M federal grant.
  • 2010's
  • The OAK Noise Office website was updated and included a new version of WebTrak services for flight investigation by community residents and new services for the airline and pilot community, Whispertrack and WebTrak FlyQuiet.
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