WOW, IT SURE SEEMS LOUD...
Falcon Field, a municipal airport in Mesa, Arizona, has been recently occupied by the CAE/ Oxford Air Academy, possibly the largest flight school in North America aimed at training foreign commercial pilots. The top 6 things you should know...
80-95% of the flight activity in and out of the airport is now from this flight school which is responsible for the newly increased safety hazard and unprecedented noise over the surrounding neighborhoods.
FLIGHT SCHOOL DANGERS
The flight school has had two crashes with 4 fatalities since moving to Falcon Field. A major lawsuit has been filed alleging that CAE/Oxford made flight agreements with a client that contributed "to a culture whereby safe flight practices were sacrificed for economic gain." (source: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/09/18/61233.htm) The school flies touch and go patterns from both runways that are sandwiched between the FAA altitude minimum and the overlying landing approach for jets going into Phoenix Sky Harbor. The neighbors are justifiably concerned about the safety of these intense training operations taking place at minimum altitudes above their homes, schools, churches, and businesses.
The noise/safety impact map required by Arizona State Law to advise potential home buyers was expanded recently to include 14% of the geographic area of Mesa to accommodate the increased flight school activity. The tight pattern shown only north of the airport is gone.
The character of Falcon Field and the neighborhoods around it has fundamentally changed. Does a huge flight school discourage and impede businesses normally associated with a vibrant municipal airport? Has Falcon Field’s ability to be an economic engine for Mesa been diminished? Will angry taxpayers begin questioning why it is necessary to have an airport made busy only to train foreign commercial pilots?
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Residents, private pilots, those with business interests at the airport, and those who cherish it as the quality municipal airport it once was are planning to take steps to save Falcon Field. This website is now active and should undergo weekly additions with news, information, and steps you can take.
Noise complaints and comments about flight activity should be sent to:
leave a recorded message at:
The Mayor’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org