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Noise Abatement

Noise Abatement Procedures for Santa Barbara Airport

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Flying in the Santa Barbara area

There is no officially restricted airspace in the Santa Barbara or Goleta area, and the Airport Department has no control over how or where any aircraft is flown: only the Federal Aviation Administration has authority over aircraft in flight. The Airport has developed voluntary noise abatement flight tracks that minimize noise over residential areas, and pilots are encouraged (but not required) to follow these flight tracks.

The altitude at which aircraft may fly is established by Federal law and regulations, which states that, except when necessary for takeoff of landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitude: “Over any congested area of a city, town or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.” However, as most aircraft operating in the vicinity of the Santa Barbara Airport are in the process of landing or taking off, this regulation does not apply. Also, helicopters are specifically exempted from this regulation.

As the owner and operator of the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, the City of Santa Barbara has the authority and responsibility to assure that the physical facilities of the Airport (runways, taxiways, lighting, etc) are safe for aircraft to use in accordance with strict FAA standards. The Airport Department has no authority over aircraft in flight.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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