Falcon Field was established in 1941 as a military airport during World War II to train British Royal Air Force and American pilots.
In 1948, the federal government deeded the property to the City of Mesa as a municipal airport.
The City contracted day-to-day operations through a private operator until 1968, when it assumed this responsibility. Falcon Field continues to be owned and operated by the City of Mesa.
Falcon Field is a general aviation (GA) reliever airport that serves as an alternative for civilian and military aviation uses (such as business, recreation and fixed-wing and helicopter flight training) so that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport can focus on international and commercial airline services.
Falcon Field includes a total of 784 acres. The airport campus is located between Greenfield, Higley, McDowell and McKellips roads in northeast Mesa.
There are currently more than 750 aircraft based at Falcon Field. This includes 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. It can accommodate a wing span of 51.7 feet and landing weights of 38,000 pounds single axle, 60,000 pounds dual axle, and 90,000 pounds dual tandem.
The north runway 4L/22R was built in the 1980’s and measures 3,800 feet. It can accommodate a wing span of 45.8 feet and a landing weight of 12,500 pounds single axle.
Airspace is 5 to 6 miles surrounding Falcon Field and is managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA air traffic control tower generally operates 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Summer hours may adjust slightly.
Falcon Field is financially self-sustaining and generates all revenues from airport users and federal and state grants. The Airport does not derive any revenue from the City of Mesa's General Fund.
The City of Mesa operates Falcon Field like a business. Revenues generated at the airport are only used for airport expenses and capital improvement program projects.
Falcon Field is eligible for federal and state aviation grants to assist with construction of capital improvement projects. In the past 10 years, more than $14 million has been received from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the State of Arizona for these needed safety and infrastructure projects.
Falcon Field is home to more than 100 businesses providing more than 1,400 jobs with a payroll of more than $104 million.
The Boeing Company, Arizona’s top ranked aerospace/defense manufacturer, employs nearly 5,000 throughout the state, with its largest concentration in Mesa adjacent to Falcon Field. Boeing’s Attack Helicopters and Unmanned Airborne Systems divisions are headquartered in Mesa where the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter is built. Boeing has more than 500 suppliers and vendors in Arizona.
MD Helicopters, Inc. is located on Falcon Field and is a leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial, military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The innovative NOTAR® system with no tail rotor is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter and confined-area access capability. The company has more than 2,500 aircraft currently in use around the world
On-airport businesses include:
Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum, a comprehensive collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States and selected aircraft of other nations.
Full-serve fixed-base operators - aircraft fueling and various pilot and passenger services.
Certified fixed wing and helicopter maintenance and component overhaul services.
Hangar sales and leasing.
Private and commercial flight instruction.
Custom aircraft construction.
Aircraft charters and tours.
Development, repair and installation of aircraft radio and instrument equipment.
Design and installation of aircraft interior
Falcon Field Airport is an economic hub in District 5. An update of the Airport Master Plan was completed in July 2019. The Master Plan is a comprehensive analysis of airport infrastructure needs based upon current and future forecasts of airport activity. As part of the Master Plan, an Economic Benefit Analysis was conducted by Arizona State University. The results illustrate the significant economic asset that Falcon Field is to Mesa and the region. For example, Falcon Field contributes:
Over $2.2 million in daily economic benefits
Over $811 million in annual economic benefits
More jobs and annual economic benefit than any other general aviation airport in the Phoenix area, including Scottsdale, Chandler, and Phoenix-Deer Valley airports
When the Boeing Company, located adjacent to Falcon Field, is included, the annual economic benefit increases to $6.8 billion.
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