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Recent News

Air Traffic at Hayward Airport Increases 20 percent in 2013 (Jan. 23, 2014)

Air traffic at the airport increased about 20 percent in 2013 compared to the preceding year. (Traffic is measured in the number of departures and landings.) The increase was reported at today's meeting of the City Council Airport Committee. When asked what might account for the increase, the airport's manager Doug McNeeley said "staff has periodically observed more flight school activity." See annual air traffic statistics and pilot training at Hayward Airport.


Earlier News

Development of Former Air National Guard Site Is Postponed (Feb. 10, 2013)

Private development plans for the former Air National Guard site at the airport have been scrapped for the time being. The City of Hayward retook posssession of the 24-acre site after approval by the Congress in May 2012. It signed an agreement with Hayward Airport Development LLC, a private partnership, but the development plan collapsed when one partner withdrew. See story.

FAA Designates Hayward Airport for Preferred Development (Feb. 8, 2013)

The FAA has classified the Hayward Airport as one of 84 "national airports," with priority for development grants, as part of a new classification system for general-aviation airports (those that do not provide scheduled airline service). The selection is part of new classification system announced in May 2012. See story.

The City of Berkeley Appeals to TV Stations to Reduce "News" Helicopters Noise (Dec. 8, 2011)

At its meeting Dec. 6 the Berkeley City Council voted to send a letter to local TV stations requesting greater consideration of the noise impacts of helicopters on residents. See story.

Children Living Near Airports Area at Risk for Lead Poisoning from Aviation Fuel (July 2011)

Duke University researchers found that living within 1,000 meters of an airport where aviation gasoline is used may have a significant effect on lead levels in children. (Study reported in Environmental Health Perspectives, vol. 119, no. 10, October 2011.) See article on the web

The City of Livermore Votes to Limit Development of Its Airport (March 24, 2010)

The city council approved a resolution specifying that development will occur only if tangible evidence exists showing the need for it. In contrast, most airport owners, such as the City of Hayward, follow a "predict and provide" approach to airport development. With this approach, development invites increases in air traffic as well as new uses. See story.

Firm Hopes to Bring "Very Light Jet" Service to Hayward Airport (March 18, 2008)

The "next big thing" in aviation, the so-called Very Light Jet, is being promoted by a member of the Hayward City Council. See story.

A Toy Box for Big Boys at Hayward Airport (April 30, 2006)

Ascend's hangars at Hayward Airport cater to corporate fat cats. See story.

Hayward Airport Jet Hangars Expanding (Dec. 15, 2005)

The number of hangars for personal jets is expanding at a steady pace. Fat cats like to fly to Montana for vacation, said one hangar builder. See story.

Diverting Small Passenger Jets to Hayward? (Oct. 21, 2004)

A proposal for reducing delays at SFO would divert small passenger jets to Hayward, Moffett, and Half Moon Bay airports. See story.

Private Jet Business Keeps Growing at Hayward Airport (April 29, 2004)

New business-jet hangar at the airport is part of region-wide growth. See story.

More Private Jet Hangars to Be Built (Jan. 20, 2004)

The Hayward City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 20, 2004 for a 50-year lease of 271,000 square feet of land at the airport. Two companies plan to build corporate jet hangars on the site. The lease will cost $60,000 per year. See report to city council.

FAA Hands Out Money for Airport Projects

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted the airport $1.6 million to pay for various construction projects. The money will be used to widen a taxiway, upgrade runways, extend the entrance to runway 28L, and install traffic indicators. The total cost of these projects is expected to be $1.9 million. Construction is scheduled to begin February 2003.

Noise Wall Construction to Start in March (Feb. 2002)

Construction of a masonry wall to reduce aircraft noise in the direction of San Lorenzo residents should begin in March. The City of Hayward signed the construction contract Feb. 19, 2002. The sound barrier is included in the current airport master plan. It was originally a low priority, scheduled for construction in 5 to 10 years. The wall was given a higher priority following complaints that noise mitigation is not a serious matter for the airport.

Final Environmental Impact Analysis on Revised Airport Master Plan (Feb. 2002)

The final combined EIR and federal environmental assessment was released Feb. 20, 2002. It contains changes and direct responses to written criticisms on the draft report. The final report has revised or supplemental analyses of noise and toxic air emissions. To see a copy, call the airport manager, Brent Shiner, 293-8678. A presentation before the Hayward Planning Commission is scheduled for Thursday Feb. 28, 2002.

Construction of Corporate Jet Hangars (July 2001)

Trajen Flight Support, a tenant of the airport, wants to build hangar space for corporate jets. The City claims that these new hangars would merely "meet demand," when common sense says they will attract corporate jets to the airport. The proposal was heard at a meeting of the City Council Airport Committee April 26 on short (three-day) notice, and will be heard by the City Council on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at 8 p.m.

Revised Airport Master Plan (April 2000)

The draft airport master plan (AMP) was released shortly before an April 27, 2000 meeting of the public panel formed to comment on the AMP. The airport plans to accomodate more helicopter and corporate jet activity. Copies of the plan are available from the airport.

Commuter Jet Service at Hayward Airport? (Feb. 18, 2000)

A study concludes that commuter jet service at Hayward Airport is not feasible at this time. See story.

Lawsuit Challenging City's Rezoning of Airport Property Reaches Settlement (October 1999)

A lawsuit filed October 14, 1999 challenged the City's rezoning of more than 10 acres of airport property fronting on Hesperian Blvd. in order to accomodate a Home Depot facility. The suit asked the court to order the City to prepare a report on the environmental impacts of a massive Home Depot store on the site. A settlement was reached in May 2000, according to which the City will conduct an analysis of the cumulative impacts of future development along Hesperian Boulevard between Lewelling Boulevard and the I-92 crossover. This study will be incorporated into the environmental impact report prepared for the new airport master plan.


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