Santa Monica Municipal Airport, California (KSMO)
Airport Status - OPEN
Hey folks! Today I’m opening my home airport KSMO. Santa Monica Airport has a special place in my heart as it was my favorite airport when I was little to watch planes up close for hours on end.
KSMO serves as a small municipal airport which receives private jets and is a popular GA airport in the SoCal region just about 6ish nm from KLAX. The airport normally averages 296 operations per day. In Infinite Flight, there are currently about 45 spawn locations around the airport. The airport itself is also about 2 miles from the beautiful California coast and the notorious Santa Monica Pier where everyone played Pokémon Go just for visualization. The airport houses multiple flight schools and FBOs. During WWII back in the 40’s, the airport served as a major manufacturing center for Douglas Aircraft Company. They built the DC-2, DC-3, DC-4, DC-5, DC-6, and DC-7 at this location. During this point, the airport area was distinguished from the sky as a false town to cover up all the operations occurring below if anything were to occur from above such as an air raid. On the other side of things, residents complained about the noise and actually got the airport to shut down operations after putting the city in a lawsuit. It is planned to end operations in 2029 which is heartbreaking for me as it was definitely a significant place for me. Anyways, this airport is a great gateway to fly up and down the coast and do some great VFR flying off the coast and to do pattern work. What are you waiting for? Get your landings and pics in and explore the beautiful beaches of SoCal!
Time of Opening
I will be open on and off all day. I may announce when I am open on this thread since I do not have any time schedule planned for now.
Runway & Airport Information
• 4977ft x 150ft
• Asphalt Runway
•Approaches: GPS VOR/DME
•Class Delta Airspace
•Airport type: Civil/public
Wikipedia Post on KSMO
Tower, ground, and ATIS will be the frequencies I will be operating.
KSMO is a class delta airport meaning the airport size is limited. During the time I am open the largest aircraft I am allowing is the Citation X due to the airport size and runway size. Please spawn in an appropriate aircraft. As always follow all ATC instructions and have fun!