Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Part 150 Study?

A Part 150 Study is a voluntary FAA-supported study conducted by airports around the country to identify noise impacts (e.g., aircraft) and noise incompatibilities (e.g., land uses). It maps current and projected (five-year) noise impacts within the 65 dB CNEL noise contour. It recommends measures to reduce noise impacts – such as potential enhancements to the airport’s Quieter Home Program – and to correct and minimize future noise incompatibilities by ensuring land uses near the airport are compatible.


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Are missed approaches safe?

Yes. According to the FAA, missed approaches (go-arounds) are not only safe procedures, they are sometimes done for safety reasons. They are done for many reasons including unstable approaches, poor weather conditions, separation between aircraft, or other operational conditions.


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Why are early turns requested and who can request them?

Early turns are done for very similar reasons to missed approaches (see above). They are most often required by the FAA Air Traffic Control, not the pilot.


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Can the Airport Authority restrict loud aircraft that operate at SAN?

We would love it if all airlines would operate out of SAN with the quietest aircraft in their fleet. However, since we receive money from the FAA for projects at the airport, we are not able to restrict the type of aircraft that they use.

See how our Fly Quiet Program rates the amount of noise produced by different aircraft types.


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Does the Airport Authority have control over the curfew?

Yes! We are one of only six airports in the country that has a curfew in place to limit the times that planes can arrive or depart, and we have control over it. We know how important the curfew is to the communities surrounding SAN and intend to keep the curfew in place exactly as it stands.


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Will adding more gates at the new Terminal 1 increase noise?

No, adding gates does not increase the number of operations or noise. The runway capacity determines the maximum number of operations. Additional gates greatly improve the operational efficiency of the airport and the customer experience.

What is a Part 150 Study?

A Part 150 Study is a voluntary FAA-supported study conducted by airports around the country to identify noise impacts (e.g., aircraft) and noise incompatibilities (e.g., land uses). It maps current and projected (five-year) noise impacts within the 65 dB CNEL noise contour. It recommends measures to reduce noise impacts – such as potential enhancements to the airport’s Quieter Home Program – and to correct and minimize future noise incompatibilities by ensuring land uses near the airport are compatible.


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Are missed approaches safe?

Yes. According to the FAA, missed approaches (go-arounds) are not only safe procedures, they are sometimes done for safety reasons. They are done for many reasons including unstable approaches, poor weather conditions, separation between aircraft, or other operational conditions.


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Why are early turns requested and who can request them?

Early turns are done for very similar reasons to missed approaches (see above). They are most often required by the FAA Air Traffic Control, not the pilot.


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Can the Airport Authority restrict loud aircraft that operate at SAN?

We would love it if all airlines would operate out of SAN with the quietest aircraft in their fleet. However, since we receive money from the FAA for projects at the airport, we are not able to restrict the type of aircraft that they use.

See how our Fly Quiet Program rates the amount of noise produced by different aircraft types.


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Does the Airport Authority have control over the curfew?

Yes! We are one of only six airports in the country that has a curfew in place to limit the times that planes can arrive or depart, and we have control over it. We know how important the curfew is to the communities surrounding SAN and intend to keep the curfew in place exactly as it stands.


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Will adding more gates at the new Terminal 1 increase noise?

No, adding gates does not increase the number of operations or noise. The runway capacity determines the maximum number of operations. Additional gates greatly improve the operational efficiency of the airport and the customer experience.