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Flying Friendly – Preferred Flight Procedures

— Hillsdale Departure from San Carlos Airport’s Runway 30 —
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The County of San Mateo Airports has created a series of short videos to inform pilots about the best ways to depart and arrive San Carlos Airport (SQL) and Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF). In this article, we focus on the Hillsdale Departure from SQL’s Runway 30.

A primary focus for County staff is minimizing aircraft noise for our community. Please help us be a good neighbor by familiarizing yourself with our voluntary noise abatement procedures and flying friendly. When departing SQL’s Runway 30 and heading west or south, the Hillsdale Departure is the preferred procedure:

🛩️ Fly straight out, parallel to Highway 101 for 2.75 NM until abeam the Hillsdale Mall (37° 32.72’N 122° 17.32’W).
🛩️ Begin left turn to a southwesterly heading.
⛔ Remain clear of the SFO Class B Airspace.

View the Hillsdale Departure and all other SQL and HAF preferred flight procedures here: Thank you for flying safe and for flying friendly.


San Carlos Airport will be closed September 11 through October 10, 2023 for runway and connector taxiway pavement rehabilitation. For more information, contact us at [email protected] or (650) 573-3700.
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