Phoenix Goodyear
Airport

Public Workshop Information

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Workshop 1 Held Feb. 28, 2017

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Public Involvement Plan

Community engagement will be emphasized throughout the master planning process and includes the formation of two advisory committees whose input will directly influence planning decisions at the airport. Community members will also be invited to observe and ask questions about the development of the master plan update through a series of public workshops and public events. An electronic survey was also distributed to the based aircraft owners in order to obtain feedback.

Airport Master Plan Process

The airport master plan process involves collecting readily available data, forecasting future aviation demand, determining facility requirements, studying various alternatives, and developing plans and schedules. This process takes into consideration the needs and concerns of the airport sponsor, airport tenants and users, as well as the general public.

Goals and Objectives

The primary objectives of an airport master plan are to produce an attainable phased development plan that will satisfy the airport’s needs in a safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally sound manner. The plan serves as a guide to decision makers, airport users, and the general public for implementing airport development actions while considering the City’s goals and objectives.

GYR Master Plan Update Overview

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that airport owners update their airport master plans periodically (every five to seven years) to document the existing and future operational capabilities of the airport, enhance safety, or to identify needed facilities and capital improvements. To be eligible for FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding, the FAA also recommends that the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) be updated periodically, or on an as-needed basis, to depict compliance with FAA airport design criteria and any changes to existing and proposed facilities. The airport master plan provides the City with a strategic plan for the Airport development through 2037. FAA AIP grant assurances also include the requirement for an airport owner to keep the ALP current and updated. The current ALP was approved by the FAA in 2008.

GYR Master Plan Update Overview

There have been several projects completed at the Airport since the 2007 airport master plan. This display board includes a list of the major development projects. In addition, sustainability initiates were implemented to help reduce the use of electricity and water consumption at the Airport. Other changes include the type of aircraft using the Airport has changed over time. Also, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has changed certain design standards that will need to be evaluated as part of this master plan update.

Milestone Schedule

The planning effort began in December of 2016 with collecting relevant data and the initial assessment of the Airport’s infrastructure. Preparing an airport master plan typically takes approximately 12 months depending on how long it takes for approval of the aviation demand forecasts. We have prepared a schedule that depicts the master plan being completed in the fall of 2017. It’s important to note that public involvement is included throughout the planning process with advisory committee meetings and public workshops taking place at critical points in the planning process.

Airfield Safety Areas

Airport design standards provide guidelines for a safe, efficient, and economic airport system. The standards cover the wide range of size and performance characteristics of aircraft that are anticipated to use an airport. Various elements of airport infrastructure and their functions are also covered by these standards. Runway protected areas are defined surfaces surrounding the runway prepared specifically to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft and to ensure the safety of airfield operations. The different types of protected areas are shown on this display board and include the safety area, object free area, obstacle free zone, and the runway protection zones. Also shown is the heliport safety area.

Airfield Functional Areas

Besides the runway and a system of taxiways, the Airport is comprised of several functional areas such as aircraft storage hangars, tie-down aprons, aircraft maintenance facilities, flight schools, and a fixed based operator. This display board depicts where each of these functional areas are located on the Airport. The display board also shows were many of the other important features are located, such as the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, terminal building and parking, airport maintenance, fueling facility, waste accumulation sites, and wash racks.

Previous Forecasts of Aircraft Operations

The forecasts of aircraft operations display board depicts the previous aircraft operation forecasts prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Terminal Area Forecast (TAF), Arizona State Airports System Plan (AZ SASP) and the previous Phoenix Goodyear Airport Master Plan prepared in 2007. New forecasts of aircraft operations will be developed as part of the master plan update and compared to the previous forecasts. The new forecasts of aircraft operations will evaluate local, regional, and national trends influencing and affecting aviation demand at the airport. Forecasts will be prepared for short-, medium- and long-term periods.

Previous Forecasts of Based Aircraft

The forecasts of aircraft based aircraft display board depicts the previous based aircraft forecasts prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Terminal Area Forecast (TAF), Arizona State Airports System Plan (AZ SASP) and the previous Phoenix Goodyear Airport Master Plan prepared in 2007. New forecasts of based aircraft will be developed as part of the master plan update and compared to the previous forecasts. The new forecasts will evaluate local, regional, and national trends influencing and affecting aviation demand at the airport. Forecasts will be prepared for short-, medium- and long-term periods.

Aerial Map (1957 Oblique)

This display board shows what the Airport looked like in 1957. After the conclusion of WWII, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Litchfield Park remained an operational facility. However, it served primarily as an aircraft storage facility from 1945 to 1965. During this time the facility briefly returned to active duty in the 1950’s as a result of the Korean Conflict. The conclusion of the conflict resulted in the decommissioning of NAF Litchfield Park, and the site was placed on the surplus list by the U.S. General Service Administration. The City of Phoenix purchased the property in 1968 to use the facility as a reliever airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Aerial Map (2016)

This display board is the most recent aerial image of the Airport and was taken in November 2016. The City of Phoenix has invested many resources into the development of the Airport. Outcomes of previous master plans (1986 and 2007) include a new terminal building, T-hangars and tie downs, aircraft parking apron, and a maintenance facility. Several long-standing tenants of the Airport include an aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company, flight schools, and a fixed-base operator (FBO).