The top priority for Contra Costa County Airports is safety. Safety always supersedes noise management. If you witness an aircraft operating extraordinarily low or objectionably loud, Airports staff values your feedback.
In order to make your feedback more useful, please use the Submit a Complaint Form to provide as many details about the experience as possible. Be sure to include the following:
Your full name
Your full address
The date and time of the disturbance
The type and color of aircraft (e.g. prop, jet, helicopter)
Any other information you have regarding the incident.
FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at Buchanan Field
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Role
Once an aircraft has left the ground, it is in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) jurisdiction. Only the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) can determine which runways are in use and direct an aircraft to change its altitude or flight path. Which runways are active is often determined by wind, weather and air traffic conditions.
The ATCT at Buchanan Field has a three-mile radius control area. Typically, aircraft operating outside of the control area are only required to radio the ATCT if they are planning on landing or departing from Buchanan Field. All communications with the ATCT are recorded. While researching the recordings may allow Airports staff to determine if specific aircraft are operating outside of FAA Rules and Regulations, aircraft operating outside of the control area are not likely to be identified by Airports staff.