FAA project includes East Valley airports, may involve changes in aircraft flight paths, altitudes

The General Study Area will be used to evaluate the potential environmental impacts resulting from changes in aircraft routing proposed to occur below 10,000 feet above ground level. (Graphic courtesy of the FAA)

The General Study Area will be used to evaluate the potential environmental impacts resulting from changes in aircraft routing proposed to occur below 10,000 feet above ground level. (Graphic courtesy of the FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration will be preparing a draft environmental assessment for the Phoenix metropolitan area. The purpose is to study multiple airports nationwide that are in and around busy metropolitan areas to determine if changes to arrival and departure procedures could help optimize efficiency and safety.

The Phoenix Metroplex Project, which will include Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Falcon Field Airport along with Sky Harbor and five other local general aviation airports, may involve changes in aircraft flight paths and/or altitudes in certain areas.

According to the FAA, “the changes would not require any ground disturbance or increase the number of aircraft operations within the regional airspace area.”

The deadline for comments is Friday, May 15. The FAA also plans to host community workshops in the future.

For more information about the project and to provide feedback, go to http://metroplexenvironmental.com/phx_metroplex/phx_introduction.html.

The airports in the study are:

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA)
  • Scottsdale Airport (SDL)
  • Deer Valley Airport (DVT)
  • Falcon Field Airport (FFZ)
  • Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU)
  • Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR)
  • Tucson International Airport (TUS)

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.