MESA FALCON FIELD AIRPORT | INFLUENCE AREA ANALYSIS
Located in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Falcon Field is a general aviation airport owned and operated by the City of Mesa and situated in the northeast part of that City. Falcon Field serves as a reliever to Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airports, the region's two commercial service hubs. It is also located adjacent to three major freeways, including the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway, the 101 Pima Freeway, and Highway 60 Superstition Freeway. There are not any scheduled commercial service air carriers present on the airport, but it is home to multiple private and corporate aircraft operators.
The airport occupies a total of 784 acres, located between Greenfield, Higley, McDowell and McKellips roads in northeast Mesa. There are currently more than 700 aircraft based at Falcon Field, including fixed-wing single and multi-engine aircraft, turboprops, jets, and helicopters. The airport has two active runways. The south, main Runway 4R/22L measures 5,100 feet. The north runway 4L/22R was built in the 1980’s and measures 3,800 feet. Controlled airspace is 5 to 6 miles surrounding Falcon Field and is managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The Study Area for this report includes the Mesa Falcon Field Airport and areas immediately adjacent to its borders with specific focus on land uses located northeast of the airport boundary. The primary study objective is to determine the potential impacts of present and future operations and activities from the Mesa Falcon Field Airport on proposed development north of Highway 202, adjacent to North Recker Road and East Thomas Road in the City of Mesa.
In order to perform this analysis, information was gathered from various federal and local documents including Mesa Falcon Field Airport Master Plan, published Mesa Falcon Field noise contours, City of Mesa planning and zoning documents, and other historical records to create a picture of the Airport and surrounding environment. Current activity levels and long-range forecasts for aircraft operations at Falcon Field were obtained from the airport and studied as well as the projected noise impacts, DNL noise contours, and the airport traffic pattern. General airport development trends as forecast in the Master Plan were compared against current performance, general land uses, and zoning variances to identify potential development sites and any associated impacts.
It is prudent for a community to apply appropriate safeguards and other measures against activities that impinge upon the effective operation of its local airport. Our analysis has revealed that suitable safeguards are in place, and the proposed development will not be a detriment to present or future operations of the Mesa Falcon Field Airport. Sufficient regulatory protections already exist at both the Federal level and the local City regulatory and zoning level that will prevent unfavorable intrusions into the Airports operating environment.
This analysis also reveals that the location of the proposed development adjacent to North Recker Road will not be subject to unreasonable safety, noise, and overflight impacts from current or projected future airport operations. Data from a number of recent sources and studies indicate that such impacts will be similar or less than other surrounding neighborhoods.
Over the course of this study it became apparent that the area northeast of the Mesa Falcon Field Airport in the vicinity of Thomas and Recker Roads is well away from the critical 65 DNL noise contour generated by airport operations. The data also indicates that while this area is in proximity to the local airport located about a mile and a half to the southwest, forecasts indicate that the proposed development area will not invade the critical 65 DNL (day-night average sound level) noise contours or present other detrimental development obstacles to the airport, now or in the future. In general terms, it appears that the subject development will experience similar noise levels or even less from Mesa Falcon Field Airport operations than many established neighborhoods already surrounding the Airport.