Fixed Wing Propeller Aircraft Procedures

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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

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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

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Procedures for Special Flight Rules Area

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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