Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures

Departing Runway 24
  • Jets fly 250 degrees ground track, north of Palomar Airport Road best rate of climb until 1 mile offshore. NBAA standard noise abatement departure procedures recommended.
  • Piston aircraft north and southbound depart on 250 degrees track north of Palomar Airport Road until joining the ** Coastal VFR Flyway offshore. 
  • Piston aircraft departing eastbound request right downwind. Hold turns until above 800' feet Mean Sea Level (MSL). Fly downwind until above class D airspace. Coordinate on course turns crossing runway 24 final with ATC.
Departing Runway 6
  • All runway 6 north and southbound departures request left downwind. Climb to 800' MSL before turning downwind. Continue downwind north of Palomar Airport road until joining ** Coastal VFR Flyway offshore. Avoid residential areas.
  • All runway 6 northeast through southeast departures fly runway heading until above 1500' MSL, then on course. Avoid residential areas.

** Refer to San Diego VFR Terminal Area Chart & Charted VFR Flyway Planning Chart

Arriving Aircraft Runway 24
  • Jets fly the localizer when VFR/IFR. Remain on or above the glideslope.
  • Props enter pattern as instructed by ATC. Remain above 2300' MSL (2000' above ground level [AGL]) until 3 nautical mile (NM) from airport. Avoid residential areas.
Arriving Aircraft Runway 6
  • All fixed wing aircraft remain at or above 2300' MSL (2000' AGL) until 3NM from the airport. Avoid residential areas.
  • Remain 1000' MSL over major non-residential roads.
Recommended General Operating Guidelines
  • Utilize left traffic for runway 6. 
  • Utilize right traffic runway 24. 
  • Avoid low-level, high power approaches. 
  • Maintain published TPA until turning base leg. 
  • Runway 24 is designated the calm wind runway. 
  • Sightseeing over populated areas is discouraged. 
  • Fly final approach at or above the P.A.P.I. glideslope when able 
  • Fly a tight pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible. 
  • No jet training due to noise abatement and traffic congestion. See AFD. 
  • Aircraft maintenance run-ups by prior coordination with airport operations. 
  • Use N.B.A.A. Standard Noise Abatement Procedures and A.O.P.A. Noise Awareness Steps. 
  • Use lowest practical RPM settings and, if possible, wait until short final to adjust propeller for flat pitch. 
  • Maintain a cruise configuration (gear and flaps retracted; RPM no higher than cruise) until as close to the airport as possible. 
  • Monitor ATIS broadcast prior to contacting Clearance Delivery, Ground Control, Tower, or Approach Control. 
  • When Tower is closed, aircraft must self-announce on CTAF prior to landing and departing.
  • No Multiple practice landings and approaches 2200 (L) until 0700 (L). 
  • Runway 6/24 south VFR traffic pattern closed from 2200 (L) until 0700 (L). See AFD. 
  • Helos: Above 1000' MSL over major roads until entering the airport traffic pattern.
  • Borrego Valley Airport (LO8) is available for flight training.
  • Fly ILS final. Fly a slightly high approach in VMC. Delay gear and flaps transition consistent with safety.
Voluntary Quiet Hours

(Emergency, Lifeguard, and Law Enforcement Excepted)
Jet take-off and landing “Quiet Hours” 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Prop take-off and landing “Quiet Hours” 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.