General Pilot Information

Fly Neighborly, Fly Quietly

Santa Monica Airport is one of the busiest single-runway general aviation airports in the nation. The Airport is closely surrounded by noise sensitive residential areas; over 130,000 residents within 2 miles of the Airport. 

In order to mitigate potential negative impacts from aircraft operations and enhance compatibility with the surrounding community, Santa Monica Airport maintains a proactive and extensive noise mitigation program which includes a maximum allowable noise level, limited aircraft operations hours, and requested VFR noise mitigating flight paths and procedures.

This web site introduces you to Santa Monica Airport’s Fly Neighborly Program and will help you operate your aircraft in the quietest manner possible consistent with safety. The Airport staff recognizes that pilots truly are the key to a successful noise mitigation program and greatly appreciates your help and cooperation in making the Airport a better neighbor. 

DISCLAIMER: The procedures described on this web site and SMO’s Pilot Guides are not intended to preempt the prerogatives or responsibilities of the pilot-in-command, conflict with safe aircraft operations, or interfere with ATC instructions or any domain that is the exclusive authority of the FAA. 

For detailed information please see SMO’s online Pilot Guides and jet manufacturer’s procedures specifically designed for Santa Monica Airport.

General Information about Flying at SMO

Landing Fees

All aircraft owners or operators of aircraft operating at the Airport shall pay a landing fee of $5.48 per 1,000 pounds of maximum certificated landing weight.
Landing Fee Information


All aircraft operators are required to register upon arrival (SMMC Section

Registration forms are available online, or at the Administration Building and FBOs.

Violation of Noise Code

All violations of the Santa Monica Noise Code are subject to progressive sanctions, including civil penalties and suspension or revocation of Airport privileges or permits.  The table below is an overview of possible sanctions. 

Violation /Penalty Fine/Sanction
Penalty for initial violation Written warning
Penalty for initial repeat or willful  violation $2,000 Fine 
Penalty for Second  repeat or willful  violation   $5,000 Fine
Penalty for Third  repeat or willful  violation $10,000 Fine 
Penalty for Subsequent violations Hearing  and possible 6 month suspension of Airport privileges 
Penalty for Subsequent violations Hearing and possible revocation of privileges or permits.

Failure to pay a civil penalty within thirty days after the issuance of an order will result in a separate charge of ten percent of the unpaid amount of the civil penalty, and possible exclusion from the Airport until such time as the penalty and any late payment charge are paid. For detailed information on Enforcement and Appeal, see SMMC

Transient Aircraft Parking

Limited transient parking is available on the yellow spaces in front and east of the Administration building.

Overnight Parking Fees

  • Single Spaces - $18.02 per night   
  • Twin Spaces - $36.04 per night    

Please fill in and drop off your overnight parking fee envelope inside the counter by the entrance of the Administration building.

Fixed Based Operators Providing Transient Services

Atlantic Aviation
2828 Donald Douglas Loop North, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 396-6770 Frequency: 122.95 MHz
Fuel – JetA, 100LL

Gate Access Control Card
Click here for application form

Pilot’s Lounge

The pilot’s lounge is available inside the Administration building from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday. 8:00am to 5:00pm every other Friday. 



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