New RNAV GPS Z ap­proach to Run­way 3 at Santa Mon­ica

Flying - - Contents - By Rob Mark and Ja­son Blair

The RNAV GPS Z ap­proach to Run­way 3 at Santa Mon­ica is so new (April 2017), many pilots might not yet even be aware of its ex­is­tence. (Two ad­di­tional ap­proaches to SMO were com­mis­sioned at the same time.) This new ap­proach comes with a hand­ful of re­stric­tions, many of which are sig­nif­i­cant enough to de­mand a pi­lot closely scru­ti­nize the ap­proach plate be­fore the first at­tempt. Ex­pect speed, climb, ap­proach min­i­mums and time-of-day re­stric­tions, just for starters. It’s also an LP, not an LPV, ap­proach, which trans­lates into a more tra­di­tional non-pre­ci­sion-ap­proach pro­ce­dure. It’s worth not­ing the pre­vail­ing winds are com­ing from the west, putting the air­plane in a tail­wind at the com­ple­tion of the ap­proach.

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