This section provides descriptions of the core noise programs supported by the SFO Aircraft Noise Abatement Office.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The FAA is responsible for directing the movement of aircraft both on the ground and in the air. The FAA designs air travel routes and procedures, including defining separation distances between aircraft, determining hazards to aviation, and other safety criteria governing both airports and aircraft. All air traffic controllers work for the FAA as part of one national airspace system. Although other aviation organizations including airports and airlines may petition the FAA regarding flight procedures, only the FAA can finally determine what is safe and acceptable, and only FAA controllers may assign a flight procedure to a pilot.
The Community Roundtable consists of elected representatives from 45 municipalities near SFO. Its bi-monthly meetings are the forum for public discussion about airport noise abatement activities, and the motivating force behind multiple programs. All meetings are on the first Wednesday of each even numbered month at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are held at:
450 Poplar Ave
Milbrae, CA 94030
Agendas and meeting packets are available in advance on the Roundtable website (www.SFORoundtable.org). All meetings are open to the public and offer an opportunity for non-members to participate.
Information is also available from the Roundtable’s professional staff:
Roundtable Coordinator - David F. Carbone
1828 El Camino Real, Suite 705
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 692-6299
Roundtable activities are funded through San Francisco International Airport, the County of San Mateo, and Roundtable Member Cities. These funds pay for staff and media consulting support including outreach to local press and the website listed above.