Mather Airport Milestones

  • Timeline
  • 1918
  • Mather Airport established as Airport and Pilot Training School

  • 1923
  • Mather Airport closed

  • 1930
  • Selected as a site for Army Air Corps tactical exercise.

  • 1941
  • Mather Airport reactivated

  • 1950’s
  • Became Center for navigator training.

  • 1958
  • Strategic Air Command B-52 Wing assigned to the Base.

  • 1988
  • Designated for closure.

  • 1989
  • B-52 Wing deactivated.

  • 1993
  • Mather Airport Closed. Record of Decision for disposal issued.

  • 1995
  • Mather Airport and Facilities transferred to Sacramento County

    Opened as a civilian airfield

    United Parcel Service (UPS) moved from Sacramento International (SMF)

  • 1996
  • City of Folsom letter to Airport Land Use Commission requesting that The EIR address health and safety issues in Folsom. April 1996, Airborne Express and Emery Worldwide moved their operations from Sacramento International Airport to Mather.

  • 1997
  • Sacramento County buys a portable aircraft noise monitoring system.

    County Economic Director, Paul Hahn, describes the future of Mather as, “THE air cargo facility, a hub not just for this part of California, but for the Pacific Rim, Case Number 34-2014-80001946.”

  • 1998
  • Noise measurements above 72 dB Lmax at Knight Lane in El Dorado County

  • 2000
  • February 17

    Emery Flight 17 crashes & burns 2 miles northeast of airfield

  • 2002
  • FAA disapproves City of Folsom’s proposed “Quiet Visual Approach”

    Sacramento County BOS establishes Mather Airport Master Plan Working Group.

    Noise measurements show levels above 72 dB Lmax across El Dorado County and Folsom.

    Board of Supervisors charters Mather Airport Aircraft Overflight Noise Group on ways to reduce the impacts of noise.

  • 2003
  • SCAS noise measurements show levels above 72 dB Lmax across El Dorado County and Folsom.

    Overflight Noise Working Group presents recommendations to Sac County BOS

    FAA conducts 120 day trial of VOR/DME approach to assess noise mitigation. Shingle Springs & South of 50 EDH residents protest new noise

  • 2004
  • SCAS tells BOS proposed action on the various Noise Group recommendations.

    Noise measurements show levels above 72dB Lmax across Folsom

    In February, the BOS approved draft Master Plan for a cargo hub including a second cargo runway.

    SCAS creates Mather Airport Planning Staff Technical Noise Committee to meet quarterly with FAA and chief pilot representatives.

  • 2005
  • March 3

    5 measurements at Site 4 in Folsom show that two of the 14 cargo arrivals exceeded 77 dB Lmax, three others were above 70 dB, and four more were in excess of 68 dB. These results are similar to those from 2002 and 2003 given this no progress appears to have been made over the three year period.

    By a May 9th letter, City of Folsom’s attorneys, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, notified SCAS that, “We are concerned that the CAT III ILS project has been improperly segmented from the Master Plan …and that the Board is being asked to move ahead …without adequate review and information.”

  • 2006
  • April 19

    The BOS voted to include a SCAS-defined “theoretic capacity” in the environmental studies for land use planning and for the draft Mather Airport Master Plan. A Mather Airport Policy Planning Area of roughly 200 square miles where large jet aircraft can be expected to operate below 3,000 feet was also approved.

  • 2007
  • October 5

    Sacramento County/DERA issued a notice of preparation for an environmental impact study for the Mather Airport Master Plan. Control Number 02-DAE-0325

    November 21

    The City of Folsom filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court to reverse the County’s approval of an amendment which would expand DHL’s operations at Mather.

    April 23

    The City and County reached an agreement on the law suit specifying that the County would take the lead in identifying and implementing potential solutions to Mather noise over flight issues affecting Folsom.

  • 2009
  • January

    DHL ceased cargo operations at Mather, leaving UPS as the only major cargo operator on the airport. Cargo tonnage dropped to about half the previous value. The County led effort on solutions to Mather over flight noise issues affecting Folsom have been fruitless.

  • 2011
  • May 24

    A delegation led by FAA regional administrator, William Withycombe, proposed to El Dorado County supervisors and Folsom City Council a voluntary, alternate route into Mather that would terminate at the Hangtown VOR near Placerville.

  • 2012
  • July 25

    Sacramento County released for review a “Draft EIR for Mather Airport Master Plan (Control Number 2002-0325)”, 449 pages.

    Due to complaints, Sacramento County/DEIR extended the review period for the Draft EIR from Sep 7 to Oct 7.

  • 2013
  • April 9

    Sacramento County BOS approved funding for a Revised Mather Airport Master Plan Project needed due to hundreds of comments received concerning the previous Mather Master Plan.

  • 2014
  • February 21

    The Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report for Mather Airport Master Plan Revised 2013 (Control Number 2002-3025) was released for review and comment.

    August 27

    Sacramento County BOS approved the FEIR and Mather Master Plan by a 3-1 vote. Peters (McCuen) not present.

    September 23

    The City of Folsom filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief. Case Number 34-2014-80001946.

    September 24

    El Dorado County filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate and Writ of Administrative Mandamus. Case Number 34-2014-80001947.

    November 17

    At the court directed settlement meeting both El Dorado County and Folsom presented a menu of settlement options and proposals. Airport Staff rejected all proposals and categorically refused to discuss them.

  • Year 2015
  • October 9, 2015

    Hearing set Dept. 29, Judge Timothy M. Frawley