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Important: Regarding Santa Monica Airport Community Noise/Air Pollution Complaints

For those of us who wonder whether community complaints are useful, I have assembled the following information.

The Santa Monica Airport Commission has recently asked for more information to be supplied in the monthly noise reports.
 Copied at the bottom of this email is from one of the first two noise reports that contain this new information.

This new look at community complaints could prove to be very useful.

It is interesting to note how the method to complain online [File a Noise Complaint using our on-line form] says "Noise Complaint Form".
How to complain about jet emissions is not apparent, which probably accounts for the mere four complaints. However, they do record them as is noted in the new charts at the bottom of this email.

In May of 2012 there were only 4 fume complaints, a tiny fraction of the pie-graph. For the month of May 2013 there were 553 fume complaints, more than half of the pie-graph. For the first time we have a graphic representation of fume impacts on SMO neighbors.

So do take the time to record your complaints about Fumes too!
It's easy, and if you have questions or problems call me or file your complaint over the phone at Noise Hotline: (310) 458-8692.

Thank you!
Martin Rubin (310)-479-2529

 (Taken from SMO website)  Flight Tracking / PublicVue
Flight Tracking / PublicVue

Welcome to Santa Monica Airport's (SMO) Internet Flight Tracking System using PublicVue. PublicVue is a system that allows you to watch the movement of flights and air traffic patterns within the vicinity of Santa Monica. This flight tracking system includes specific information about flights from Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), as well as information on air traffic transitioning through the Los Angeles region. Information shown includes the aircraft’s type, altitude, origin/destination airports, and flight identification.

  • Blue aircraft icons represent departures from SMO
  • Red aircraft icons represent arrivals to SMO 

Please note that the color of the icons is customizable and will change according to your personal settings.

PublicVue's NextGen flight tracking includes FAA local terminal radars, en route radars, ADS-B and other local surveillance resources in the Los Angeles-area basin. Real time data is viewed in the Live Mode and is delayed approximately 10 minutes for aviation security reasons and for system processing. Historical data is viewed in the Replay Mode and is available up to 2 years in the past.

If you are a first time user of this system, please take a few minutes to peruse the site and register for the Noise Complaint section of the site.  For detailed instructions, click on the "Help" tab on the Flight Tracking page.  This should assist you in understanding the full capabilities of PublicVue and how to use it.

Noise Complaint Information 
You can file online noise complaints using PublicVue. Click on the "Complaint" tab located in the menu bar of PublicVue, register and follow the directions on the screen. You do not have to identify a flight to register a complaint. The "Flight Tracking" tab will allow you to research the flight track data to find an aircraft operation that may have caused the disturbance you wish to report. If you do find it, PublicVue allows you to submit a complaint for that specific operation and fills in the information automatically. 

Computer Requirements 
PublicVue is best viewed using a high-speed broadband Internet connection. A dial-up connection may also be used but loading the application and data will be much slower resulting in longer waiting periods, and it will not be possible to use high levels of acceleration when replaying flights. PublicVue does not require any special installations or plug-ins. PublicVue was designed to accommodate a wide array of browsers and operating systems. However, higher performance viewing is accomplished with the most updated versions.  We encourage testing other browsers such as Chrome or Mozilla to compare the look and feel and thus provide the best viewing experience as you visit the PublicVue portal.

System requirements:

  • Windows 98 or later, or Mac OS/X
  • 128MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 500MHz processor (1 GHz recommended)

Internet Explorer 8+ or Firefox or Chrome is available for Windows users, and Safari on the Mac in addition to mobile browsers.

Flight Information 
Aircraft icons are not to scale and will change in size at different zoom levels. Flight and aircraft radar data originate from the FAA’s local terminal radars, en route radars, ADS-B and other surveillance resources. 

Airline,company designations and aircraft type information is encoded in 3 or 4 characters.

List of aircraft company, airline, aircraft type, and airport origin/destination abbreviations, click here:

For the FAA Aircraft Registry:

Reliability of Radar Information
The intended use of this Web site is to display the general location and flow of air traffic in the greater Los Angeles region. PublicVue information is not intended for navigational purposes or airline schedule information. You may also notice aircraft icons sometimes "dropping off" and/or suddenly doing unusual things. This is especially true in the area immediately around SMO, but could also occur away from the airport as well. These "ghost" aircraft are due to radar and aircraft transponder reflections from the ground and high rise buildings around the airport, and possibly from terrain and meteorological conditions farther away from SMO.

Liability Statement  
This web page and the flight tracking information is a public resource of general information. The use of this site is for illustrative purposes only. The City of Santa Monica makes no warranty, representation of guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the database information provided herein. The user of this site should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. The City of Santa Monica explicitly disclaims any warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The City of Santa Monica shall assume no liability for:

  1. Any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of how caused; or
  2. Any decision made or action taken or not taken by the user of this site in reliance upon any information or data furnished hereunder.

Click here for the  LAX Web Traker .  This link will allow you to compare flight tracks. Note you can not file a complaint using the LAX Traker System.

Last updated: 8/16/2013

New Grapic Information