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! – .img@.img

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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  • To clarify, both of our state representatives — Congessman Farr and Congresswoman Eshoo — voted against implementation of NextGen.

    However, both of our state senators — Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein — not only voted for NextGen but voted to fast-track its implementation, and specifically to strip away our protections under NEPA by giving the FAA the ability to exempt itself from having to perform real environmental impact studies (as opposed to computer-modeled analyses) and public hearings.

    This happened in early 2012 when Congress became impatient that the modernization program wasn’t happening fast enough.

    Here, from http://www.govtrack.us, are the congressional voting records on HR 658 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which included the NextGen “fast-tracking” exemption legislation in Section 213):

    For the House (bill passed on Feb 3, 2012):


    For the Senate (bill passed on Feb 6, 2012)


    Excellent short contemporaneous blogs about the then-imminent vote, written by noted aviation attorney Barbara Lichman, can be found at the URLs included below. These are short articles and very much worth reading in their entirety, but the following excerpt from Ms. Lichman’s blog entry prior to the congressional vote neatly summarizes what senators Boxer and Feinstein were about to do to us and the other citizens about to be horrifically impacted by NextGen around the country:

    “[T]he bottom line will remain. Dramatic changes in the configuration of the national airspace system, to be implemented throughout the United States during the next few years, will be relegated to “a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and which have been found to have no such effect in procedures adopted by a federal agency in implementation of these regulations . . . and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.” 40 C.F.R. ยง 1508.4. This is so despite the fact that, in many cases, the new NextGen procedures will implicate numerous communities never before overflown, or never overflown at the same low altitudes. Newly affected populations will thereby be deprived of an avenue of redress in the courts through NEPA on which they have come to depend to level the playing field usually dominated by governmental action. The fundamental intent of NEPA, to allow the public a chance to review and comment on governmental actions before they are taken, will effectively be bypassed by the Act.

    Nor do the conditions on a finding of categorical exclusion, such as the requirement for a measurable reduction in fuel consumption, carbon dioxide or noise, mitigate the adverse impacts of the exemption, as the determination that those conditions exist is within the exclusive discretion of the FAA Administrator, the same party charged with implementing the NextGen program.”

    For the entire entry and two others of relevance, see:




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