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Santa Monica Airport WebTrak Flight-Tracking
Welcome to Santa Monica Airport (SMO) Internet Flight Tracking System using Bruel & Kjaer's WebTrak. WebTrak is a system that allows you to watch the movement of flights and air traffic patterns within the greater Los Angeles region. This flight tracking system includes specific information about flights from Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), as well as information on air traffic transitioning through the Los Angeles region. Information shown includes the aircraft’s type, altitude, origin/destination airports, and flight identification.
- Blue aircraft icons represent departures from SMO
- Red aircraft icons represent arrivals to SMO
- Green aircraft icons represent departures from LAX
- Yellow aircraft icons represent arrivals to LAX
- Grey aircraft icons represent aircraft operating to or from another airport in the region, or that are transiting through the region and bypassing local airports.
Real time and historical flight and aircraft radar data originate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ARTS radar system at the Southern California TRACON facility in San Diego. The ARTS data is downloaded and processed by Bruel & Kjaer.
Real time data is viewed in the Live Mode and is delayed approximately 20 minutes for aviation security reasons and for system processing. Historical data is viewed in the Replay Mode and is available up to 90 days in the past.
If you are a first time user of this system, please take a few minutes to read the “Start Here,” “Legend,” and “Help” tabs in the upper left corner of the WebTrak site. These should assist you in understanding the full capabilities of WebTrak and how to use it.
Aircraft icons are not to scale and will change in size at different zoom levels. Flight and aircraft radar data originate from the FAA’s ARTS radar system.
Airline, company designations and aircraft type information is encoded in 3 or 4 characters.
For the FAA Aircraft Registry: http://www.faa.gov/
List of aircraft company, airline, aircraft type, and airport origin/destination abbreviations, click here: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/CNT/3-3.HTM.
Noise Complaint Information
WebTrak is now the site you can use to file online noise complaints. Click on the “Complaint” tab located in the upper left corner of WebTrak, then click the “Complaint Form“ button. You do not have to identify a flight to register a complaint. The Complaint tab will allow you to research the flight track data to find an aircraft operation that may have caused the disturbance you wish to report. If you do find it, WebTrak allows you to submit a complaint for that specific operation and fills in the information automatically.
Reliability of Radar Information
The intended use of this Web site is to display the general location and flow of air traffic in the greater Los Angeles region. WebTrak information is not intended for navigational purposes or airline schedule information. You may also notice aircraft icons sometimes "dropping off" and/or suddenly doing unusual things. This is especially true in the area immediately around SMO, but could also occur away from the airport as well. These "ghost" aircraft are due to radar and aircraft transponder reflections from the ground and high rise buildings around the airport, and possibly from terrain and meteorological conditions farther away from SMO.
WebTrak is best viewed using a high-speed broadband Internet connection. A dial-up connection may also be used but loading the application and data will be much slower resulting in longer waiting periods, and it will not be possible to use high levels of acceleration when replaying flights.
WebTrak requires that Flash 9, or higher, be installed on your computer. Flash should automatically update to the correct version. If you have difficulties with Flash then you should refer to the Adobe product page for Flash 9. Your computer should meet the following minimum specifications:
- Windows 98 or later, or Mac OS/X
- 128MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
- 500MHz processor (1 GHz recommended)
Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 2+ are recommended for Windows users, and Safari on the Mac. Other browsers may work but they have not been tested.
This web page and the flight tracking information is a public resource of general information. The use of this site is for illustrative purposes only. The City of Santa Monica makes no warranty, representation of guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the database information provided herein. The user of this site should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. The City of Santa Monica explicitly disclaims any warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The City of Santa Monica shall assume no liability for:
- Any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of how caused; or
- Any decision made or action taken or not taken by the user of this site in reliance upon any information or data furnished hereunder.
To launch SMO WebTrak click here: http://webtrak.bksv.com/smo