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Did you know that SFO Volans Flight Tracking is a community outreach tool that provides information about aircraft origin/destination, altitude, speed, aircraft type and flight number? You may also playback historical flight data and view flights from an aerial overview or pilot’s perspective.

October 21, 2019

Did you know that airplanes typically take off and land into the wind, so in certain weather conditions, land-facing runways are required so that aircraft can safely operate? Additionally, very large and heavy, long-distance aircraft such as those going to the Far East usually need the longest available runway for departure. At SFO this is Runway 28 Right, which does not face San Francisco Bay.

October 14, 2019

Did you know that, in an effort to reduce delays, SFO implemented a Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA) in 2005? Using Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) technology, this procedure allows two aircraft to approach the parallel runways from offset angles. The result allows for improved arrival performance during applicable periods of low clouds and fog.

October 7, 2019

Did you know that SFO is committed to saving lives by promoting a public automated external defibrillator (AED) program? The SFO Life-Saver program strategically places AED units in highly visible locations throughout the airport. Each unit is housed in a cabinet and directly linked to the Airport’s Communications Center. Once it is pulled from the cabinet, San Francisco Fire Paramedics and San Francisco Police are immediately dispatched to the scene.

September 30, 2019

Did you know that SFO’s operations generated 13,962 short tons of material last year that needed to be recaptured or sent to landfill? This is equivalent to 27.9 million pounds primarily composed of recyclable and compostable materials (70% of all materials). An average SFO guest generates a half pound of trash. The airport’s goal is to eliminate this.

September 23, 2019

Did you know that SFO has one of the most extensive noise insulation programs in the nation, providing acoustic treatment to residential properties, churches and schools located inside a specific noise boundary corresponding to the area where the average daily aircraft noise level is equal to or greater than 65 decibels? This contour is designated as the 65-dB Community Noise Equivalent Level (CNEL) noise contour in the SFO Noise Exposure Map, as accepted by the FAA.

September 16, 2019

Did you know that SFO announced plans to prohibit the sale of water in plastic bottles effective August 20, 2019? This move will require all airport retailers, restaurants, airline lounges, and vending machines to sell or provide water in recyclable aluminum, glass or BPI-certified compostable bottles.

September 9, 2019

Did you know that The San Francisco Fire Department-Airport Division is responsible for providing fire protection, training, fire prevention, code enforcement, emergency medical (Paramedic level) services, hazardous materials abatement, and community-based fire safety CPR and Automatic Defibrillator (AED) training and recertification for San Francisco International Airport? Learn more about the San Francisco Fire Department at sf-fire.org.

September 2, 2019

Did you know that the San Francisco Police Department-Airport Bureau provides basic police services to the airport, enforces the airport’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security plan, and supports the individual security plans of the airlines? The San Francisco Police Department’s Airport Bureau also plays a crucial role in the airport’s emergency response capabilities. Read more about the SFPD Airport Bureau at sf-police.org.

August 26, 2019

Did you know that SFO now has a free Shuttle Bus that will meet all morning and evening San Francisco Bay Ferry services at South San Francisco (Oyster Point) Ferry Terminal to connect directly to the Airport? For those commuting from the East Bay, this will be a new, hassle free alternative to driving across the Bay Bridge, with three morning and three evening ferry services to choose from Monday through Friday.

August 19, 2019