This site was created in April of 2015 to inform and gather concerned citizens to take action against the new SERFR ONE arrival route, driving large jets low and loud through Santa Cruz county at unprecedented frequency. The NextGen implementation plan, supported by the FAA, positions holding patterns and a virtually continuous Jet-Freeway over our Santa Cruz County beaches, city and neighborhoods right now. The growing route is truly impressive with jets transitioning back to back right through Santa Cruz County on their way to SFO which is more than 50 miles away (See Fig 1-1 “Conga-Line”, and Fig 1-2 “SC Holding Pattern”). The first stages, including a large holding pattern over Santa Cruz, have been implemented. Watch jets loitering over Santa Cruz on their way to SFO.
Questions to ask yourself:
– Have you considered the environmental & health impact of the high capacity SERFR ONE arrival route branching through Santa Cruz County? Over 5000 flights every 30 days describe a now major artery.
– Did you know your property value has decreased due to the approach via Santa Cruz County? Many have also lost the use of nature and outdoor spaces due to noise and annoyance.
– The FAA NextGen program is getting started in our area – additional impact to more people is likely due to a planned increase of up to 400% capacity with branching of the route. The city of Phoenix has been successful in getting congressional support in halting further implementation just a few days ago. They have brought the FAA to town.
NoiseGen Save Our Skies is participating in the local and national effort as additional cities are negatively impacted by NextGen. In early June, a few self-appointed members decided to branch off and pursue an effort which they call the “official Save Our Skies”. While somewhat curious, we believe in cooperation for the greater cause and making all information available to help the effort and all participants. Please sign up for updates (on the right). This allows us to keep you informed. We respect your privacy and do not share your information.
At NoiseGen Save Our Skies, our goal is to inform the public and spread the word. Depending on the outcome of the upcoming (ca. July) meeting with local politicians and the FAA, we work towards organizing a large town hall meeting bringing support from congress, local politicians, and members of the public together. While it is important to keep filing complaints, we 1) work to draw attention to this issue by informing more people through activism and 2) provide the information and blockbusters hidden in FAA documentation in an approachable format through the blog. Everyone is welcome as we continue to be a flat organization with organized and responsive groups working on specific projects to drive the effort and actively support our political leaders. Many of us work to avoid the potential burden of internal politics and unnecessary complexity as we are busy with our families and jobs. We believe far too many people are uninformed about the negative effects and potentially serious consequences of NextGen SURFR ONE. In an effort to focus on this essential mission, we ask for your support and help.
There is work to be done and we believe in simple but effective advocacy. Ultimately, this is a national issue and our immediate goal is to bring the FAA to Santa Cruz to help mitigate the extreme impact created by this new superhighway. Let’s keep it streamlined and support our politicians. Show them how important this is, so they can advocate for all of us! – @
Easy steps to make a difference right now:
1. Sign up with our newsletter to the right so we can keep you in the loop. Find the blog here.
2. Under Events: Fill out the survey by Congressman Sam Farr; Read the comments below. Then move on to the petition.
3. On the right, review “What you can do” and print out the “How to complain” page for easy reference.
4. Help us with preparations for a large town-hall meeting inviting our resourceful political leaders
5. Remind our Supervisors Leopold and McPherson to ask the FAA for help. The Capitola mayor already sent a letter.
6. Write Op ed pieces to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. This may be helpful.
7. Please consider supporting us by volunteering or by donating in support of these goals. Several businesses have pledged donations and support.
8. Check out the Facebook feed moderated by Denise of Save Our Skies Santa Cruz.
We are here to support your efforts!
a. We can relay messages for you or your group to the list of neighbors who are in our database and newsletter.
b. You may publish links from our site. As a courtesy, please let us know if you do link back to us.
c. We are here to help and can assist with banners, signage, stickers, or copies for your campaign. Engage your neighbors and friends!
By making Santa Cruz a jet superhighway gateway to SFO (and soon to other Airports by branching more traffic), we have been drawn into the raging national debate on NextGen. We need the FAA to revert the recent implementation of SERFR ONE, pending a proper impact study. Too many households in our county are seriously affected. The SFO Airport manager agrees and has also sent a letter requesting reversal to the FAA. An answer is expected.
The FAA has not held a meeting in this area regarding the implications of NextGen. Our state representatives both voted against the implementation of the so called NextGen program. (Exception: See below.)
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