The Airport recognizes that pilots truly are the key to a successful noise management program and greatly appreciates your continued cooperation. Santa Monica Airport's Fly Neighborly Program focuses on pilot education and cooperation. However, repeat violators of the noise limit may be fined or suspended from using the Airport.  Click here for the 2013 SMO Jet Aircraft Pilots' Guide. 


Noise Management Operational Procedures Enforced by Ordinance
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 - As a result of an agreement between the City of Santa Monica and the FAA, an Airport Ordinance was established setting a maximum noise level of 95.0 dBA Single Event Noise Exposure Level (SENEL) measured at noise monitor sites 1,500 feet from each end of the runway. Santa Monica Airport's Fly Neighborly Program focuses on pilot education and cooperation. However, repeat violators of the noise limit may be fined or suspended from using the Airport. Pilots are encouraged to contact the Noise Management Office for additional details.     

Compliance with the Airport Ordinance is mandatory unless deviations are made necessary by weather, ATC instructions or clearances, an in-flight emergency or other safety considerations.  

Turbojet Limitations "Listed Aircraft" - Several aircraft have been shown to be unable to meet the maximum noise level of 95.0 dBA SENEL and shall be permanently excluded from operating at Santa Monica Airport after one violation and be subject to misdemeanor prosecution. The Gates Learjet 20 series and the Gulfstream II and III are just a few of the "Listed Aircraft". Please see the complete index of "Listed Aircraft" for further details.   

























 Night Departure Curfew - No takeoffs or engine startups (including APU) are permitted between 2300 hours local time and 0700 hours Monday through Friday, or until 0800 hours on weekends. Exceptions are allowed for bona fide medical or public safety emergencies if prior approval has been obtained from the Santa Monica Police Watch Commander (310) 458-8426 or the Airport Director (310) 458-8591. Curfew violators are subject to fines and misdemeanor criminal prosecution.   

Download: Lifeflight Exception Form    


Dassault Falcon Procedures 

 Gulfsteam Procedures












Operational Limitations - Intersection departures are prohibited.  Additionally, touch-and-go, stop-and-go, and low approaches are prohibited on weekends, holidays, and weekdays from one-half hour after sunset until 7am the following day.

Formation Flying - Formation takeoffs and landings are prohibited.

Recommended Noise Management Operational Procedures
In addition, the following recommended procedures and limitations have been incorporated into the Airport’s Fly Neighborly Program and included in the program’s outreach materials:

Voluntary Night Arrival Curfew - Although arrivals are permitted 24 hours a day, pilots are requested to avoid all operations between 11pm and 7am Monday through Friday, or until 8am on weekends.  

Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Departure Flight Paths - Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters departing to the west are requested to overfly the Penmar Golf Course and initiate northerly turns at the shoreline and southerly turns at or after Lincoln Boulevard. Departures to the east are requested to initiate turns at or after reaching the 405 Freeway.  

Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Limitations - Many jet aircraft utilize APU’s to provide electricity to aircraft systems prior to, or just after flight. For noise management purposes, pilots are requested to limit APU use to (30) thirty minutes. Additionally, the APU is considered an engine start and shall comply with the Airport’s curfew restrictions.

Reverse Thrust Use - The use of reverse thrust can negatively impact the residential areas surrounding the Airport, particularly during the night hours. The use of minimum reverse thrust necessary for safety is recommended, consistent with runway conditions and available length.

IFR Engine Start Procedures - Prior to engine start, pilots are requested to call Ground Control on 121.9 MHz for IFR clearance.  Ground Control will issue clearance and request high performance twins and jets to call on 121.9 MHz within one minute prior to actual engine start. When the pilot makes this call, the passengers should be on board and ready for startup.  If a departure delay is anticipated, the controller will inform the pilot of the aircraft's Expected Departure Release Time. Please do not start engines prior to advising ATC.  When Ground Control receives the IFR release time from LAX Tower, the release will be forwarded to the pilot and taxi instructions will be issued based on anticipated delay. Aircraft should be ready for departure when reaching the IFR hold area.  

IFR Hold Area Procedures - Due to the proximity of the homes adjacent to the Airport, fixed-wing turbine aircraft are requested to hold approximately 200 feet from the end of the runway on Taxiway A, while awaiting departure clearance from ATC. The hold area is indicated by a yellow (IFR Hold Area) sign located in the infield area at both ends of the runway.  

Formation Flying - Formation flying within the Class D Airspace is highly discouraged unless necessary for an emergency.