For projects that are grant eligible, Falcon Field must coordinate with other City of Mesa departments as well as the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on funding and construction schedules, so the airport does not have sole discretion on project timing. However, every effort is made to coordinate with airport businesses and tenants to minimize impacts.
The City of Mesa and contractors work to complete projects as quickly as possible while minimizing inconvenience to airport users. As with any construction projects, weather and unforeseen circumstances can cause delays.
For questions about airport capital improvement projects, contact Brent Shiner A.A.E., Airport Projects & Operations Supervisor, at (480) 644-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Improvement Projects
The City of Mesa is committed to providing an exceptional air transportation facility. Continuous airfield upgrades include more than $3 million in improvements completed in 2017 to enhance safety, protect aircraft and add convenience for pilots. In 2018, lighting is being upgraded to energy-efficient LED lights on both runways and all taxiways, and all runway and taxiway signage will be replaced. Installation of an Airport Surface Observation System (ASOS) will provide 24-hour weather information to pilots.
Upgrades were recently completed to the aircraft washing facility, including a 3,000-square-foot covered, lighted service bay, a 3,000-square-foot open-air service bay and a waste oil disposal station. The $600,000 project was completed at the request of Airport tenants. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the re-opening of the facility at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Please join Vice Mayor David Luna and Falcon Field pilot Phil Pearce as they help inaugurate the facility!
Airport Lighting & Signage Upgrade Project
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) have awarded Falcon Field Airport nearly $2 million in grant funding for upgrades to airfield lighting and signage. The current lighting and wiring are more than 30 years old. Planned improvements include LED upgrades to the edge lighting on both runways, taxiway edge lights and all guidance signs. These improvements will require runway and taxiway closures.
Project construction began in January 2018 and is anticipated to be completed within 154 calendar days, in July 2018. Project phasing will begin with closure of portions of Taxiway E until the entire taxiway has been upgraded, followed by work on Taxiway D. The final two phases of the project will include work on the two runways. Only one runway will be closed at a time; simultaneous runway closures will not occur. All work within runway safety areas will be accomplished during nightly runway closures from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
Project phasing sequence details are available at the Airport Administration Office. Construction updates will be posted on this page as available. For questions or further details, contact Brent Shiner A.A.E., Airport Projects & Operations Supervisor, 480-644-4230 or email@example.com.
New Non-Movement Boundary Location Change
In order to meet new FAA safety standards, the aircraft run-up area by Taxiway D-1 has been realigned. As part of this realignment, the non-movement area boundary line has been relocated (the marking which identifies the requirement to have tower permission to cross). Below is an airfield diagram that identifies the new location of the non-movement area boundary line.
To ensure safety, it is critical that any person, ground vehicle, or aircraft contact the air traffic control tower for permission prior to crossing the non-movement boundary line. If a person, vehicle, or aircraft crosses the non-movement line without tower permission, it is classified as an incursion and the FAA will investigate the incident.
Please use caution when operating near the new realignment by the run-up area at D-1, as the location of the non-movement area boundary line is in a new location.
For questions or concerns, contact Brent Shiner A.A.E., Airport Projects & Operations Supervisor, at 480-644-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.