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Following are excerpted from SDCRAA Code 9.40, Airport Use Restrictions.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations, please contact Airport Noise Mitigation at (619) 400-2781, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. During all other times, please call (619) 400-2799.

Prohibited Activities

Any operations of aircraft which exceed 104 EPNdB at the takeoff reference point per FAA AC 36-1E or AC 36-2C are prohibited. 

No person shall perform any engine run-up at a power setting above idle power between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. (2330-0630) local time, unless they meet the exceptions criteria.

Time of Day Restrictions

  • Arrivals / All Aircraft -
    Currently there are no noise related Time of Day Restrictions on arriving aircraft
  • Nighttime Departures / All Aircraft -
    No person shall operate any aircraft on departure from the airport between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. (2330-0630) local time, unless they meet the exceptions criteria.
  • Non-Stage 3 Aircraft (Stage 2 business jets note) -
    No person shall operate any aircraft on departure from the airport between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (2200-2330) local time or between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. (0630-0700) local time, unless such aircraft is:
    1. An FAA certificated Stage 3 aircraft; or
    2. A non certificated aircraft which does not exceed 89 EPNdB at the FAR Part 36 takeoff reference point per FAA AC 36-2C (or superceded revision); or
    3. A Non-Stage 3 certificated aircraft, specifically certificated as a "Stage 3 aircraft" for the purpose of the Airport Use Regulations.  This certification requires prior approval of the Director, Airport Noise Mitigation, and may involve mandatory noise testing at SDIA before regular operations are conducted.

Exceptions

  • Emergency, Mercy Flights, and Military Flights of Necessity -
    The prohibitions of the Time of Day Restrictions shall not be applicable to any aircraft operation at the airport which is conducted in an emergency situation, or to any mercy flight or military flight of necessity authorized in advance by the Director, Airport Noise Mitigation, or the senior airport official on duty. Per State law, the operator must provide a written report with full details on the nature of the emergency to the Airport Noise Mitigation office, no later than three (3) days after the occurrence.
  • Engine Run-ups -
    The prohibitions on Engine Run-ups shall not be applicable when the run-up is necessary to allow an aircraft engaged in an emergency, mercy flight or military flight of necessity to comply with safety, legal, or regulatory obligations or requirements prior to commencing operation.

Administrative Penalties

Violations

  • 1st offense per calendar 6-month compliance period: $2,000
  • 2nd offense per calendar 6-month compliance period: $6,000
  • 3rd offense per calendar 6-month compliance period: $10,000

A multiplier is added to reflect the number of violations during the previous compliance period. In addition, airport operating privileges may be suspended or terminated.

In the event of any violation of Section 3.0 of this regulation (Operation of aircraft with Advisory Circular Takeoff Noise Levels which exceed 104 EPNdB) the person(s) committing such violation shall be assessed a penalty of $10,000 and all airport operating privileges will be terminated.

Additional Airport Remarks

Attended continuously. Airport closed to military aircraft except official business.  Practice instrument approaches and touch and go landings are prohibited. Ultralights are restricted from using the airport.

Noise sensitive areas in all quadrants, request pilots use best noise abatement procedures consistent with safe operations and as directed by FAA ATC personnel.

For further reference: Airport/Facility Directory, Southwest U.S. and consult NOTAMS for latest information.

Note: These rules are not intended to interfere with the rights or responsibilities of the Pilot-In-Command concerning the safety of the flight.

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