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Noise Abatement ProceduresLink to page
Report Low Flying - FAA BrochureLink to page
Existing TVL Noise ImpactsLink to page
FAA Airport Noise & Access RestrictionsLink to page
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Noise OrdinanceLink to page
F.A.R. 161 Noise RestrictionsLink to page
Who Controls Lake Tahoe Airspace?Link to page
OUR AIRPORT AND THE SURROUNDING AREA IS EXTREMELY NOISE SENSITIVE . PLEASE HELP US BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
*PREFERRED TAKEOFF RUNWAY
(IF WINDS ALLOW) RWY 36
*PREFERRED LANDING RUNWAY
(IF WINDS ALLOW) RWY 18
DEPARTING RUNWAY 36:
Climb straight out for about 1 mile—when you are abeam the white fence in pasture, LEFT TURN to a heading of 320 degrees, track the center of the meadow until reaching the shoreline.
Please avoid flying over the populated areas on either side of that course if possible.
REQUEST: If performance allows, please increase your flaps setting and accomplish a Reduced Thrust Takeoff, so as to enable the aircraft to be at a higher altitude than normal before departing the airport property, to help reduce the noise level on the ground—an additional Noise Abatement Technique.
LANDING ON RUNWAY 36:
(Requested Landing Technique if possible)
Land past the Displaced Threshold (located 2,037 ft from the approach end of runway)—If possible maintain a slightly steeper approach and use reduced power setting(s) —assist in reducing engine noise while flying over residential areas.
DEPARTING RUNWAY 18:
NO LEFT TURN OUT below 7,500 MSL—the smaller hill straight ahead has an elevation of 6,640’ MSL, PLUS up to 100’ trees around the houses. Track the river to the golf course. Circle and climb to 7,500’ MSL over the golf course. If not able to climb to 7,500’ consider returning to the airport. Advise traffic over UNICOM/CTAF 122.85.
CAUTION: Downdrafts are often encountered near the runway abeam the terminal building and West of the golf course near the mountains.
LANDING ON RUNWAY 18:
(Requested Landing Technique if possible)
Descend over the lake and align aircraft to Runway 18, If possible maintain a slightly steeper approach and use reduced power setting(s)—assist in reducing engine noise while flying over residential areas
“DENSITY ALTITUDE CAUTION”—Prior to departure, please review the Airman’s Information Manual, regarding mountain flying/density altitude or Refer to the Aircraft Owner’s Manual regarding density altitude operations. Depart at as light a weight as practical. Double check the weight & balance of your aircraft, takeoff distance, rate of climb and climb gradient figures. Check the local ASOS on 124.725 or call (530) 541-5739. For assistance and information call the FBO at (530) 541-2110.
Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Mountain West Aviation: (530) 541-2110
Field Elevation: 6,264 MSL
Runway Length: 8,544 feet 18/36
Runway 36 Displaced Threshold: 2,037 feet from approach end of 36
Runway Width: 100 feet
Runway Slope: 1.5% uphill southbound
7,500 MSL Small Aircraft
8,000 MSL Transport and high performance aircraft
SWR VOR: 113.2
File a Noise Complaint
If a citizen wishes to file a complaint for aircraft noise in South Lake Tahoe, please email or call (530) 208-8074.
Please provide the following information:
1. Date & time of the noise event
2. Description of the aircraft/helicopter (if visible)
3. Location where the noise was observed (address or cross streets)
4. Duration of event
Investigating Noise Events
The City of South Lake Tahoe using supplied data will determine whether the event in question violated any established noise abatement procedures at the Lake Tahoe Airport. If the violating aircraft originated from the Lake Tahoe Airport, the aircraft owner will be contacted regarding the event and every attempt will be made to educate said owner on the Noise Abatement Procedures. The Lake Tahoe Airport will keep tallies for noise complaints and uses this information to make an annual determination on if additional measures are necessary to address aviation noise.
Response to Citizens
When making a complaint, if you request a call back or more information, you will receive a response from the Airport Manager. If you wish to be contacted by telephone, two attempts will be made to reach you and at least one message is left, if possible during normal business hours (Monday–Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm).