Fixed Wing Propeller Aircraft Procedures

photo: Chad Slattery

SMO Propeller Aircraft Pilot's Guide

VFR Departures

Westerly Flow: RWY 21 departures

Standard traffic pattern is left. Please over-fly the Penmar Golf Course west of SMO. The procedure requires an initial left 10° turn at the end of the runway and then a right turn to over-fly the golf course. Please do not initiate the left 10 ° turn prior to the end of the runway. (See map below)

Special Flight Rules Area

Right climbing 270° turn at shoreline to head southeast along SMO 132 ° radial at 3,500´ MSL. (See map below)

Easterly Flow: RWY 03 departures

Standard traffic pattern is right. Turn crosswind over 405 FWY.  

Special Flight Rules Area

Left climbing 270° turn to fly southeast along the SMO 132 ° radial at 3,500´ MSL.  No crosswind turns prior to the 405 Freeway.

VFR Arrivals

Runway 03/21

Maintain pattern altitude or above as long as practical. Approach as steeply as is safe and aim for a point further down the runway if your aircraft is capable. (Northwest- Report offshore Pacific Palisades and follow 10 FWY to intercept north downwind.)

Special Flight Rules Area Arrivals

Contact SMO Tower for north crossing ( descending left turn at Santa Monica Mountains) to enter north downwind on a 45 ° angle at midfield. 

Fixed Wing VFR Operations Only


Procedures for Special Flight Rules Area



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

American Flyers
2501 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 800-233-0808 Frequency: 123.30 MHz
Fuel –100LL