Destination: Half Moon BayWritten by John Ruley
There are many scenic locations along the Northern California coast. One of the most picturesque happens to be an ideal fly-in destination, weather permitting: Half Moon Bay (KHAF). It’s not only a great spot for a hundred-and-something-dollar lunch, but also provides opportunities for a spectacular aerial tour of San Francisco Bay on your way in or out...
That’s a direct result of KHAF’s location, just nine nm southwest of San Francisco International Airport (KSFO)—and that in turn means that getting into (and out of) KHAF requires navigating either around or through
San Francisco’s Class B airspace.
ATC AND AIRPORT INFORMATION
Unless you’re prepared to file IFR or wait for a Class B clearance, you’ll approach KHAF along the coast from either the northwest or southeast. We arrived from the southeast (by way of Monterey Bay and the Año Nuevo State Preserve—staying above 2,000 MSL as requested on the sectional chart).
KHAF is a Unicom field, so there’s no tower. I highly recommend consulting Flight Guide (published by Airguide Publications, Inc.) or the FAA’s Airport/Facilities Directory as well as a current terminal area chart before you arrive, as it’s apt to be a very busy place on nice days.