Phoenix Metroplex Project
The Federal Aviation Administration has informed the City of Scottsdale that they intend to begin the Phoenix Metroplex Project.
What is a Metroplex?
The FAA’s Metroplex program looks at the entire airspace and all airports that use the airspace, and examines how technology can be implemented to improve safety, efficiency, capacity, and environmental impacts (including noise). The PHX Metroplex project will analyze aircraft arrival and departure procedures at a number of airports in a 200-mile radius of Phoenix and specifically includes Scottsdale Airport (SDL) along with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA), Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT), and Tucson International Airport (TUS). The project may involve changes in aircraft flight paths and/or altitudes in certain areas. Phoenix is one of 21 metropolitan areas in the United States where the FAA is implementing or planning to implement its Metroplex program. This is a separate issue from what was implemented at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in September 2014.
In response to the Notice of Intent (pdf/441k/2pp) from the FAA, many of the major airports in Arizona have been in discussion and collaboration to make sure that we have a “seat at the table” during the design phase and ask the FAA to conduct significant community outreach to help educate the community.
Attached is a letter (pdf/240k/10pp) with a coalition of airports placing this request to the FAA. In addition, attached is a letter (pdf/457k/2pp) specifically from the City of Scottsdale, placing the FAA on notice that we want to participate in this process in order to represent the needs of the community and the Scottsdale Airport.
Scottsdale Airport Master Plan
Scottsdale Airport began updating its master plan in 2012. A master plan is a proactive record that identifies and plans for future facility needs. It focuses on several key areas including aviation forecasts, demand/capacity, facility requirements, airfield design and safety standards, development alternatives and environmental reviews.
A draft final master plan report has been prepared. These documents are available on the Airport Master Plan website. The plan received approval at the April 8 Airport Advisory Commission meeting. The next step is seeking approval at the May 12 City Council meeting. Questions? Contact Scottsdale Airport at 480-312-2321.
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