Buchanan Field Noise Program

Airnoisesign2ports staff takes community concerns seriously and continuously works with pilots and Airport businesses to reduce noise disturbances to neighboring, noise sensitive communities by communicating the Buchanan Field Noise Program (PDF).

This page is a resource for understanding what the County Airports is doing to minimize noise and disturbances, learn about airport operations and aircraft noise through our Airports Noise Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF), and/or Submit a Complaint.

 Public Flight Tracking Websites

• FlightRadar24        • Planefinder

Please note that not all aircraft will appear on the above websites, reasons may include:

  • The aircraft may not be fitted with an ADS-B transponder meaning it is not compatible with their receiver network.
  • The aircraft might be flying outside of their coverage areas.
  • The aircraft might be blocked, such as sensitive aircraft associated with military or governmental operations and/or for private aircraft at the owner’s request.

*Contra Costa County Airports cannot verify accuracy of third-party public flight tracking websites.

  1. Noise Program
  2. FAA Air Traffic Control
  3. Submit a Complaint
  4. Aviation Advisory Committee

What is the County Airports Division doing to minimize noise?

  • The Airports Noise Ordinance states that only aircraft that operate at or below 78 dBA, per Advisory Circular 36-3, are allowed to operate at Buchanan Field. From 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM, the noise threshold is lowered to 75 dBA. FAA document AC36-3H (PDF) lists the sound levels for all aircraft, so pilots can know if/when to fly to CCR.
  • Touch-and-go and pattern operations are prohibited from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM (8:00 AM on Sat/Sun)
  • Airports staff maintains active communication with Airport pilots and businesses to minimize noise and disturbances associated with the Airports.
  • The Noise Management Program (PDF) provides aircraft specific noise abatement procedures for CCR pilots.
  • Pilots are asked to avoid flying over residential neighborhoods whenever possible.
  • The Buchanan Field Noise Program Overview (PDF) details airport operations, noise roles and responsibilities, and contact information.
  • The Noise Complaint Process (PDF) includes researching complaints using FAA ATCT flight recordings to determine if specific aircraft are in violation of FAA Rules and Regulations.
  • Educating the public about benefits the Airports provide and how services may contribute to noise.
  • Remember: Not all aircraft noise in the area is associated with Contra Costa County Airports. There are over 20 airports in the greater Bay Area.

FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at Buchanan Field

Air Traffic Control Tower at Buchanan Field

Noise Abatement Procedure Sign Runway 32L

32L Run-up Sign Close up