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Carlsbad: Stop Low Flying, Loud, and Unsafe planes from operating over our Homes and Neighborhoods

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Petitioning: Carlsbad City Council (Matt Hall, Keith Blackburn, Cori Schumacher, Priya Bhat-Patel), Congressman Mike Levin, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, State Senator Pat Bates, Tasha Boerner Horvath, and United States Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla.

The frequent and repetitive flyovers from small and large aircrafts have increased dramatically and is significantly impacting the safety and quality of life for Carlsbad residents near McClellan-Palomar Airport, specifically north of Palomar Airport Road and east of Agua Hedionda lagoon. The low flying single engine airplanes throughout the day and night create a tremendous amount of noise as the planes throttle up to clear numerous neighborhoods and businesses. A large majority of these planes are from flight training schools with student pilots at the helm that cause major safety concerns to our residents, in addition to high levels of noise they produce while flying so close to our communities. Many of these training flights fly below the FAA minimum safe altitude of 1,000 feet and constantly repeat a touch and go fly-around pattern, often as frequently as every 2-3 minutes starting as early as 6am and extending past 11 pm at night. The vast majority of these flights do not adhere to the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee Volunteer Noise Abatement Program (VNAP). Not only do these flyovers pose danger to the residents below, it is negatively affecting everyday life including disruption of sleep as well as making these communities less desirable to live in.

We ask you, our elected officials, to exercise your full influence and resources to address this problem. Members of our community have made a series of complaints through the county established website ( and have attended Palomar Airport Advisory Committee meetings to raise these issues, however, to date no improvement has been observed. As a proposed solution, first and foremost, we ask that the Federal Aviation Administration create safer flight patterns away from our communities. In addition to your working with the airport conducting traffic here, we ask you to appeal urgently to Congress, the FAA, and air traffic control to work effectively with our communities on safety concerns and to create noise abatement laws (as opposed to voluntary programs) for McClellan-Palomar Airport.

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