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Study of Increased Air Traffic Noise Moves Ahead

Council approved moving ahead with a technical study of increased aircraft noise including data analysis and recommendations for alternatives with the results to come back to the Council by this December. Staff has been working closely with Sky Posse, a local advocacy group that formed to work on the issue, as well as County Supervisor Joe Simitian's office and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.  On July 24, Congresswoman Eshoo convened a meeting with Federal Aviation Administration officials to ensure that the FAA heard directly from residents and their elected representatives. The FAA has agreed to return to the region for follow up meetings, and staff will continue to work with all of the various stakeholder groups. The study’s scope of services focuses on quantifying the change in air traffic patterns over Palo Alto, and specifically, the dramatic increases in concentrated, low-altitude flights and associated noise levels. 

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