How is the Palomar Airport Association just like Santa Claus?


We Preserve the
Freedom to Fly

The Palomar Airport Association is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) all-volunteer organization created to preserve the freedom to fly by promoting communication, aviation safety, and education for pilots, non-pilots, press and policy makers, by supporting events and activities that will keep General Aviation accessible to all.  

Mix -n- Mingle

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, members meet on the patio of The Landings restaurant. Happy Hour prices from 4 to 7 pm. Meeting starts at 5:30, visitors welcome!

Palomar Airport

Located at El Camino Real and Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, CA, Palomar Airport is a single runway, mixed-use public airport. Click here to discover more.


Our organization makes agreements keep us in good standing with San Diego County and surrounding areas. When noise complaints were made, we implemented the Voluntary Noise Abatement Plan (VNAP).

Latest News

Aviation Explorers Post 120 just had an annual Fund Raising Pancake Breakfast. We, Palomar Airport Association, host field trips for local Explorer troups, and ... we help Santa do his job in San Diego! Check our Facebook page often!

Toy Delivery

Just like Santa Claus, we deliver toys! We help the Marines deliver Toys for Tots around San Diego County, so as many kids as possible get to enjoy some magic at Christmastime.


Our members are pilots, student pilots, fixed base operators and travelers who fly out of Palomar Airport. Together, we speak with one voice to airport management, government regulators and the FAA.


Associated Organizations

PAA is a sub-chapter of the California Pilots Association (CalPilots).  Our community service guidelines are similar to CalPilots and the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA).  We work with the FAA Safety team and affiliate with Palomar 99s, EAA Chapter 14, and Chapter 286.

We Serve our community

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years of flying Toys for Tots

We team up with San Diego County and the Marines to do two group flights per year.  We fly Toys for Tots to both Ramona and Fallbrook.  Discover more on our Toys page.

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Air Operations / Day

According to the Sim720 McClellan-Palomar Airport KCRQ Review’s YouTube video — our Airport handles over 425 Air Operations / Day.  This classifies us as a major airport.

meetings and trainings / year

We have a guest speaker each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 pm.  We keep ourselves current and aware — then we get social and meet-n-mingle!  We don’t meet in December — but our Santas fly! 

Voluntary noise abatement program

Palomar Airport’s “Fly Friendly” Noise Abatement Plan.

As part of the Carlsbad Community, our pilots are committed to a “Fly Friendly” policy.  Weather and traffic permitting, we ask pilots to maintain a 250° heading after departure until 1/2 mile past the coast.

For a detailed description of the VNAP – Voluntary Noise Abatement Program, click the “Fly Friendly” button.

Why Join Us?