Best Practices

Please note that Watsonville Airport is surrounded by noise sensitive areas. To learn and follow the best practices for noise abatement at Watsonville please visit the Whisper Track Website.

Airport Management requests pilots fly safely and with as little noise impact on our neighbors as possible.

Runway 20 is the preferred calm wind runway.  During late Spring, and throughout the Summer, daylight hours coastal stratus may preclude the safe VFR only use of Runway 2/20. Under these conditions pilots should consider a right hand pattern for Runway 9/27 to avoid stratus.

Safety always supersedes noise abatement procedures. Always comply with air traffic control instructions and other safety considerations caused by weather or emergencies.