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
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.
- Windows 98 or later, or Mac OS/X
- 128MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
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.
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.
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: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/CNT/3-3.HTM.
For the FAA Aircraft Registry: http://www.faa.gov/
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.
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:
- Any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies
in the information provided regardless of how caused; or
- 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