Note: The letter below is for Sunnyvale residents only.

          If you are from Cupertino, please click the following link: Cupertino Sample Letter

Please feel free to use the sample letter below AS-IS with no changes, or modify the letter as you wish.

·       Copy the sample letter text (below) into a new email

·       Fill in your name, and any other applicable fields

·       Then send your email to the FAA at:  by Nov. 11, 2017 midnight!

Be advised, your address and phone number are NOT required fields.  Per the FAA, comments will be accepted without addresses, as long as the city information is included.  

If you have any questions, feel free to write to, and we will do our best to address any questions or concerns.  ( visits since 10/26)





RE:  Sunnyvale residents oppose the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA)

Dear FAA Officials,

My name is _______________________________________, and I live in Sunnyvale. 


As a resident of Sunnyvale, we strongly oppose the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA).  This flight path should NOT be permanently established over our city. 

San Mateo County is attempting to shift their airplane noise over to Sunnyvale.  If the Bayside Visual Approach (BVA) is established as a published FAA flight path, this will create a MAJOR bay area flight corridor over heavily populated Sunnyvale.  This should NOT be allowed.  Sunnyvale has a population of over 150,000 residents, and should not be disregarded in this matter. 

 FAA has informed our residents that this newly proposed BVA path “will be flown in visual flight rules (VFR) by ANYONE, including SurfAir.”  Making this flight path permanent means that ALL San Carlos airport arriving flights could use this path, not just SurfAir.  San Carlos airport currently has a large number of daily arriving flights, and is growing rapidly.  Establishing this flight path as a permanently published BVA path would ultimately result in hundreds of daily flights being shifted from the peninsula over to Sunnyvale.  This shifting of airplane noise is completely unacceptable.

 When we moved to Sunnyvale, we made decisions based on the existing flight paths in the area.  Now flight paths that have been in existence for many years over the peninsula cities are being shifted over Sunnyvale.  This is not fair, and it is not right!

 These planes are loud turbo prop planes and other small planes that seriously impact the quality of life in our Sunnyvale neighborhoods.   To have a major flight path moved from the peninsula over to Sunnyvale would have serious ramifications for our city. 

 We are already subjected to airplane noise from San Jose airport, Moffett, San Francisco, Palo Alto, etc. and other airports, and we should not have to shoulder more bay area flights.

 Plainly, the impact of FAA publishing this BVA flight path would have a significant impact to our entire Sunnyvale community.  San Mateo County is attempting to relieve THEIR peninsula residents of airplane noise, at the expense of Sunnyvale residents. 

 There should be NO Bayside Visual Approach.

 No Moving of airplane noise from the peninsula cities to Sunnyvale!   



Name: ____________________________________________

Address (Or Cross Street):                                                                              Sunnyvale, CA