Increased Air-traffic?

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Has anyone noticed there seems to be more air traffic [on Friday]? We have seen numerous helicopters and private jets as well as military planes. If anyone knows anything, I would love to hear it. Thanks Edhat

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a-1628359502 Aug 07, 2021 11:05 AM
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Of course, we sometimes get large group and corporate events in town, as you may be inquiring about. I have a few additional thoughts. I believe armed forces reserve exercises are often on weekends, and pilots often fly over SB or stop at SBA going to and from. Private aviation flights are more often on weekends. Commercial airline flights may be more often on weekends, especially during holiday seasons including Summer during school recess. Vintage, military and experimental aircraft often fly to and from airshows on weekends, especially in Summer. During fire season more aircraft associated with firefighting are active.

a-1628367300 Aug 07, 2021 01:15 PM
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According to the postings the last several days in the New York Post, there are a whole lot of celebs in town right now, including Chip & Joanna Gaines, Nicole Richie, Bieber and wife, the list went on and on. Not sure how many flew in on their private jets?

biguglystick Aug 08, 2021 12:45 PM
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BLECHHH! WHO CARES?! I sure wish celebrities would find some other town to ruin. NOTHING good comes of the celebrities coming here.

RockwellBAD2 Aug 07, 2021 01:41 PM
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OP here. Thank you very much for the answers. It has totally satisfied our curiosity. Awesome.!!

Sagepup Aug 07, 2021 01:48 PM
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There was a lot of Military air craft I saw Yesterday (friday) A bit more than usual

LandShark Aug 07, 2021 02:18 PM
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We live right in the flight path and the situation has definitely become worse. Planes on approach to SBA are supposed to come in over the ocean, then bank left over More Mesa for a straight shot into the airport. But both commercial and private planes totally ignore that "rule" and come right over several neighborhoods. There was a commercial flight (FedEx?) that came in this morning low and loud at 4:30 am. Sheesh! Tons of complaints have been filed but the airport authority does nothing. Typical Santa Barbara govt agency, exercising no leadership and refusing to do its job.

Minibeast Aug 07, 2021 03:21 PM
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Yes. I heard and saw some private jet roaring super loud, flying low last week, over Turnpike/Goleta Bike Path ------ at around 6:00 a.m. It's terrible in that area. It's a shame Airport Authority doesn't take measures to stop such nonsense/disrespect. Not everyone needs to get up with the chickens.

EastBeach Aug 07, 2021 04:52 PM
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The noise abatement procedure isn't a rule but rather a recommendation based on wind/weather conditions, etc. .... https://www.flysba.santabarbaraca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/64/636842736903570000

shorebird Aug 07, 2021 03:20 PM
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I like the sound of tourist tax dollars arriving at SBA, morning, noon and night. I get a little jolt of endorphins from each flight. Cha-Ching.

biguglystick Aug 08, 2021 12:44 PM
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I'm going to get a paid subscription just so I can downvote this comment, Shorebird.

shorebird Aug 08, 2021 10:12 PM
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Bigugly. Good for you for supporting edhat with a membership. I’ll try to provoke more posters to join.

Stray Aug 07, 2021 03:22 PM
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Planes arriving at SBA are supposed to come in over the ocean, then bank left over More Mesa for a straight shot into the airport. Some do, but every day, several airliners don't. They come up the coast with perfect visibility, and fly directly over the Mesa and Hope Ranch neighborhoods on a straight approach for the runway. On the SBA website, you can register to file a noise complaint. However, it sounds like noise complaints filed with SBA Administration also go straight .....into their email trash can. It's time to forward noise complaints to the Santa Barbara City Council and our state legislators. We're not moving...but the airplanes sure can.

Getoffmylawn Aug 07, 2021 04:28 PM
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Santa barbara is full of complaining old people white people. Try living in a city with real problems.

biguglystick Aug 08, 2021 12:44 PM
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So true, Lawn! I still cannot get over all the NIMBYs in this town even though I've been here most of my life. The neighbors who complain when you park near their house on a public street! EYE ROLL. Get over it! Rich old white people are the worst kind.

Sail380 Aug 10, 2021 08:48 AM
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Hey BIGUGLYSTICK
How much money makes someone rich?
How old is old?
How much Caucasian makes someone white?

a-1628384617 Aug 07, 2021 06:03 PM
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With all these airport officials city -city Council and no one has yet to mention the huge crane thats been at the airport doing construction blocking the regular approach I can’t believe it I live on the Mesa and it’s very irritating having these planes one after another come right in I have a construction friend that said the reason why is because of the big crane in the way of the main approach I haven’t seen it I just thought I’d post it

Gregoreo Aug 07, 2021 07:01 PM
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Looking at the aircraft radar map, someone can from Hawaii around 15 mins ago and oprah’s plane is leaving right now

GeneralTree Aug 07, 2021 10:31 PM
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This is nothing. Try living near a real airport. I just wish they'd put in a new restaurant where Elephant Bar was. Always fun taking home a stewardess after garlic fries and margaritas.

a-1628472665 Aug 08, 2021 06:31 PM
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These big US Navy helicopters are regular Friday visitors to the SB Airport. It was said in the past that they liked having lunch at the Elephant Bar but that is now closed. I am told by a person who seems to know these things, that the pilots have to land their craft at different airports to remain certified so they come to SB to do this. In my opinion this is a pretty unpleasant behavior but probably out of the control of local forces.

a-1628472873 Aug 08, 2021 06:34 PM
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6:31 - Yes, it would be much better to just have them crash randomly.

Seabird Aug 08, 2021 07:40 PM
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Ew @ Generaltree. Somehow this one comment tells me everything I need to know about you.

swarfmaster Aug 08, 2021 08:52 AM
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Southwest is the worst of the lot. They obviously don't follow the rules. The noise has gotten a lot worse in the past few months. Where do we complain.

a-1628441536 Aug 08, 2021 09:52 AM
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Southwest is new to the area and so are their pilots. The noise complaints will die down soon as they get more comfortable with the noise sensitive areas east of the airport, which have been no doubt shared with them all. The More Mesa noise abatement path is a little close to the main runway for non local pilots, but after a few approaches they will get the hang of it and I suspect the complaints will slow.

a-1628543860 Aug 09, 2021 02:17 PM
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Another factor in airport noise recently increasing on the East side of the airport is weather. When there is fog or low clouds at the airport, the larger (noisier) have to land and take off toward the East. That means less noise from planes descending West of the airport and much louder full power takeoffs to the East before they have turned offshore.

shorebird Aug 09, 2021 03:00 PM
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Here’s a noise monitoring tip: Everybody time interval of the noise of the planes and helicopters. It’s about 10 to 15 seconds each.

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