Noise Mitigation Policies

Mandatory Restrictions

The following procedures and limitations are enforced per the City’s Aircraft Noise Ordinance. Violations may result in the imposition of fines and/or exclusion from Santa Monica Airport.

  • Maximum Noise Level: 95.0 dBA Single Event Noise Exposure Level (SENEL) as measured 2,200´ from either ends of the runway.
  • Intersection departures are prohibited. 
  • Formation takeoffs and landings are prohibited.
  • Touch-and-go, stop-and-go, and low approaches are prohibited on weekends, holidays and weekdays one-half hour after sunset until 7am the following day.
  • Simulated forced landings opposite to the direction of take-off are prohibited. 
  • Prior Permission Required from Airport Director for dual wheel aircraft in excess of 60,000 lbs.
  • Helicopter flight training is prohibited.

Mandatory Night-time Departure Curfew

No takeoffs or engine starts, including Auxiliary Power Units (APU) are permitted between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, or until 8 a.m. on weekends. Exceptions are allowed for bona fide medical or public safety emergencies. Contact the Airport Administration.

Note: Compliance with the Airport Ordinance is mandatory unless deviations are made necessary by weather, ATC instructions or clearance, inflight emergency or other safety considerations.

Voluntary Night Arrival Curfew 

Pilots are requested to avoid arrivals between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and until 8:00 a.m. on the weekends.

Warning - Listed Aircraft

The following aircraft have been shown to be unable to meet the maximum noise level of 95.0 dBA SENEL and are permanently excluded from operating at Santa Monica Airport after one violation and subject to misdemeanor prosecution.  This list may be updated. Please contact the Noise Management Office for current aircraft list.

Avanti Piaggio I & II
Gulfstream II, IIB, III
Learjet 20 series
IAI Westwind 1123
Jet Commander 1121
Lockheed 1329 JetStar
Sabreliner 40,60,60A,70,75,80
Hawker Siddeley 125-1A, 3A
Douglas DC-9
Aero Delfin L-29
N. American B-17, B-25
Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar
Casa Saeta
De Havilland Vampire, Venom
De Havilland Sea Vixen
Folland Gnat
BAC Lightning
BAC Jet Provost
A-4 Skyhawk
Fokker F28 Series
Fouga CM 170 Magister
Hansa HFB 320
T-33/Canadian Silver Star
Hawker Hunter
T-33/Canadian Silver Star
Lockheed F-1 Starfighter
Morane-Saulnier Paris II
Gloster Meteor
Mikoyan Gurevich MIG series
North American F86
Canadair CL-13 Sabre
VC-121A Constellation