Santa Barbara Muni Airport

Santa Barbara, California, United States

Noise Abatement Information - Last update 11/17/2022



Safety of flight is Santa Barbara Airport’s highest priority, SBA also values a good relationship with the surrounding community and aspires to be a good neighbor.

Santa Barbara Airport asks all pilots to participate in flying Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures when conditions permit safe execution.

  Mandatory Restrictions

All Runways

Noise abatement procedures in effect.

Runway 15L/33R Daylight hours only.

Commercial Airline Ramp closed to all General Aviation Aircraft.

No customs personnel or facilities are available and international aircraft will not be allowed to land unless an emergency exists.

Numerous flocks of birds on and in vicinity of airport.

Pure Jet Touch and Go’s or Low Approaches Prohibited.

Due to limited ramp space at the airline terminal, non-scheduled transport category aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats are required to contact Operations 24 hours prior to arrival at 805-681-4803.

Noise abatement procedures in effect.


Santa Barbara Airport does not have any operating curfews.

  Images / Diagrams

Runway 25  |  Aircraft Categories: C, D & E  |  Arrival Only

Noise Abatement Procedures - High Performance Aircraft

All Runways  |  Aircraft Categories: A, B & HELI  |  Arrival & Departure

Noise Abatement Procedures for VFR Flights

All Runways  |  Arrival & Departure

Noise Abatement Procedures for VFR Flights


Runways: 07, 15L, 15R & 25  |  Arrival Only

Runway 7 arrivals turn right base leg offshore, beyond UCSB/Isla Vista.

Runway 25 arrivals turn left base leg offshore, while remaining within two miles of the airport.

Runway 15L/R arrivals should enter the Class C Airspace via Highway 101 and remain at or above 1,500 feet until four miles from the airport.


All Runways  |  Departure Only

Depending on the runway and aircraft category, aircraft departing under VFR maybe issued an initial departure assignment.

Runway 7 – Fly runway heading until reaching 500 feet MSL, then turn to 120-degrees or 200-degrees depending on departure direction.

Runway 25 – Fly runway heading

Runway 15L/15R – Fly runway heading

Runway 33L/R – Enter Right or Left Cross-Wind

  Pattern Altitudes


Runway 07  |  All Aircraft Categories

Runway 7

Traffic Pattern: Right

Traffic Pattern Altitude: Small Aircraft – 990’
Traffic Pattern Altitude: Large Aircraft – 1490’

Runway 25  |  All Aircraft Categories

Runway 25

Traffic Pattern: Left

Traffic Pattern Altitude: Small Aircraft – 990’
Traffic Pattern Altitude: Large Aircraft – 1490’

Runway 15R  |  All Aircraft Categories

Runway 15R

Traffic Pattern: Right

Traffic Pattern Altitude: Small Aircraft – 990’
Traffic Pattern Altitude: Large Aircraft – 1490’

Runway 15L  |  All Aircraft Categories

Runway 15L

Traffic Pattern: Left

Traffic Pattern Altitude: Small Aircraft – 990’
Traffic Pattern Altitude: Large Aircraft – 1490’

  Flight Track Monitoring

Santa Barbara Airport monitors flight track information through PublicVue™ from L3Harris.

PublicVue™ permits the public to follow, capture and review operations in the vicinity of their homes, schools and businesses in near-real time. With this solution, airport staff can focus on analysis rather than data entry and users can view and print submitted reports for authentication of noise complaints.


  Noise Monitoring

Santa Barbara Airport has three noise monitor stations located off the approach and departure end of the primary runway 7/25.

  Airport Contact Info

Name: Greg Goodsell, Airport Operations Supervisor
Phone: 805-692-6011
Noise Hotline: 805-967-1900
Web Address: https://flysba.santabarbaraca.gov/general-aviation/pilot-information
Noise Complaint Address: https://flysba.santabarbaraca.gov/about-sba/aircraft-noise-advisory-program
Address: 601 Firestone Rd
Santa Barbara 93117

  NBAA Procedures

  AOPA Noise Awareness Steps

Following are some general guidelines and techniques to minimize the noise impact produced by aircraft operating near the ground.

1. If practical, avoid noise-sensitive areas such as residential areas, open-air assemblies (e.g. sporting events and concerts), and national park areas. Make every effort to fly at or above 2,000 feet over the surface of such areas when overflight cannot be avoided.

2. Consider using a reduced power setting if flight must be low because of cloud cover or overlying controlled airspace or when approaching the airport of destination. Propellers generate more noise than engines; flying with the lowest practical rpm setting will reduce the aircraft's noise level substantially.

3. Perform stalls, spins, and other practice maneuvers over uninhabited terrain.

4. Many airports have established specific noise abatement procedures. Familiarize yourself and comply with these procedures.

5. To contain aircraft noise within airport boundaries, avoid performing engine runups at the ends of runways near housing developments. Instead, select a location for engine runup closer to the center of the field.

6. On takeoff, gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety. Begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.

7. Retract the landing gear either as soon as a landing straight ahead on the runway can no longer be accomplished or as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb. If practical, maintain best-angle-of-climb airspeed until reaching 50 feet or an altitude that provides clearance from terrain or obstacles. Then accelerate to best-rate-of-climb airspeed. If consistent with safety, make the first power reduction at 500 feet.

8. Fly a tight landing pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible. Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.

9. If a VASI or other visual approach guidance system is available, use it. These devices will indicate a safe glidepath and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.

10. If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final. This practice not only provides a quieter approach, but also reduces stress on the engine and propeller governor.

11. Avoid low-level, high-power approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.

12. Flying between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. should be avoided whenever possible. (Most aircraft noise complaints are registered by residents whose sleep has been disturbed by noisy, low-flying aircraft.)

Note: These recommendations are general in nature; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. No noise reduction procedure should be allowed to compromise safety.

Temporary Information (None)


Preferential Runways (No Preference)

No preference

Preferential Instrument Procedures (None)


Reverse Thrust (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Intersection Takeoffs (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

APU Use (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Engine Runup (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Flight Training (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Community Groups/Info (None)


Stage II (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Stage III (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Noise Ordinance (None)


Prior Permission (PPR) Operations (None)


Airport Maps

Airport Contact

Name: Greg Goodsell, Airport Operations Supervisor
Phone: 805-692-6011
Noise: 805-967-1900
Address: 601 Firestone Rd
Santa Barbara 93117

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Airport Data

Elevation: 13 ft
City: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Sectional Chart: Los Angeles
Flight Service: Hawthorne FSS
Control Tower: Yes
Wind Indicator: Yes
Fuel: 100LLA