The FAA does not have the authority to regulate the operations of military aircraft. If you live near a military installation, you should try contacting their noise office or community relations department for more information on their operations in your community.
Airport noise issues and concerns near the Gnoss Field Airport can be directed to the County’s Airport Manager: Dan Jensen at (415) 897-1754 or via email.
Important note: If you believe the airplanes were flying unsafely, then this is an issue for your local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO): FAA Oakland Office, 1420 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, CA 94502. Phone: (510) 748-0122
According to Federal Aviation Regulation: except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
Lower than minimum altitudes that will allow an aircraft to make an emergency landing without risking persons or property on the ground.
Over congested areas: congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.
Over other than congested areas: an altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.
Helicopters: may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in the paragraph b or c of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. In addition, each person operating a helicopter shall comply with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the Administrator.