Friends of Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Airport
Over the last 95+ years Santa Monica Airport has created jobs, helped launch businesses and created many friends in the community. We decided to list out a few of them here in our local community.

Santa Monica Airport Community Website (This website)
We are a group of non-pilots that have put together a place where locals can learn more about the resources and history of Santa Monica Airport. Join many of our events and fun community functions to put your kids in an airplane.

Santa Monica Flyers
Santa Monica Flyers uses the most advanced aircraft available to provide world class training in aircraft that are safe, fuel efficient, ultra modern and downright sexy. Their friendly and professional flight instructors will guide you through the entire process of learning to fly, making the process, easy, fun and safe. Santa Monica Flyers is the perfect place for all levels of experience from first time flyers to high time jet pilots.

Angel Flight West
Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Our network of 1,600 pilots throughout the 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.

Santa Monica Airport Municipal Airport City Website
Santa Monica Airport is a division of the City of Santa Monica Public Works Department. In addition to aviation services, the airport’s 227 acres include a City Park, offices, art studios, the Museum of Flying, event venues and more. Explore this web site to learn more about the Santa Monica Airport.

The Museum of Flying
The Museum was founded by Donald Douglas Jr, the second President of the Douglas Aircraft Company. The collection consisted primarily artifacts the ephemera of Donald Wills Douglas, the Founder and President of the Douglas Aircraft Company, however the collection did not include any aircraft. Construction began on the new Museum in early 2010 and the Museum celebrated its grand opening to the public in the new building on February 25, 2012. The Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica to aircraft of the jet age.

The Barker Hangar
The Barker Hangar plays host to some of the most exclusive events in Southern California. It is located in Santa Monica, California on the South side of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The venue is a unique space where clients are limited only by their imagination. The historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport is known as one of Southern California’s premier venues for charity, corporate and private events as well as video and film shoots.

AOPA Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to general aviation, was incorporated on May 15, 1939. AOPA is the beacon for those who cherish the freedom to fly. It demonstrates what is possible when a determined organization listens to its members, collaborates with its colleagues, finds solutions with its partners in government, and focuses its resources—all to secure the future of General Aviation. AOPA’s success is proof that the public good can be served while individual freedoms are preserved.

Santa Monica Airport Antique Market
Noted as One of the Top Ten “Flea Markets’ in America. A destination for Decorators, Designers, Boutique Owners, Families with their Friendly Dogs and Collectors of all ages.

Santa Monica Airport Artwalk
The Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk takes place between 2800 to 3200 Airport Avenue and features food trucks located between the Ruskin Theatre and the Santa Monica Art Studios. They also also have three Children’s Activities, Raku Firing Demonstration, theatre workshops and, returning from last year, the Recycled Terrarium Workshop.

Santa Monica Art Studios
State-of-the-art studios, exhibition spaces, lectures and classes, located in the heart of the Santa Monica Airport in an historic 22000 square foot hangar.

Santa Monica Adult Soccer Leagues
The Santa Monica Adult Soccer Leagues started its pilot program in the Spring of 2007 and has been playing ever since, with two leagues yearly, one in the spring and the other in the summer and most recently a fall season. The Spring and Summer leagues span in time from late January to the end of August. The Fall will be from September/October through January.

NBAA – National Business Aviation Association
To foster an environment that allows business aviation to thrive in the United States and around the world. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show.

Flight Aware – Live Flight Tracking for SMO
FlightAware was the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic and quickly rose to become the most popular flight tracking service.

Santa Monica Airport Association
Whether your interest is aviation business, aircraft owner/pilot, student pilot, instructor, or concerned airport neighbor, the Santa Monica Airport Association is promoting your interests and protecting your rights by helping to insure that your airport will be here for future generations.

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  • Paul Ryan

    I’m a pilot who does not any more, so I have no personal
    stake in the game. My thoughts are more about how the presence of general aviation
    in Santa Monica and the west side of LA in general, adds a sense of
    expansiveness the area.

    The world from five thousand feet is different than from
    35,000 feet. Abstract aerial patterns transform into revealing textures of life when viewed from a small plane. The relationship of aircraft, the pilot’s mind, and the land and people below is interconnected.

    A concern I have is that the Santa Monica City Council is and always has stonewalled every effort to
    improve safety measures at the airport. They have refused FAA money to create safer
    runway overruns, refused to utilize to technological resources as educational
    and vocational tools for our youth. (It was up to Justice Aviation to establish
    an aviation scholarship for Santa Monica High School youth.) Many cities over
    the country embrace airports in their communities. Airports offer an expansive experiential
    view of the world, something of value, frankly much more than a park. The technical educational possibilities
    utilizing the airport and its facilities for Santa Monica High School, Santa
    Monica College and other nearby schools are myriad.

    Few city council members seem to have a view of positive airport possibilities. It’s just, “Close The Airport”.

    In it’s ongoing strangulation efforts to close SMO, the city council has made no attempt
    to operate the airport as an efficient and profitable entity, which it could be.

    I gather that some feel that Santa Monica is not the place for an airport. I think
    that with the improved safety measures and soon to come lead free fuel the
    airport could easily integrate with the community. No other General Aviation airport is within 45
    minutes drive from Santa Monica. If we keep forcing airports further and
    further from centers of population, we are strangling the potential interest in
    aviation in our youth. California particularly has always thrived on a band of
    innovators in aviation. This usually is born and nurtured in the young.

    I hope we can keep this alive.

    Paul Ryan

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