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Community Relations

Gateway Airport exists to fulfill an aviation role in the local, regional and national air transportation system, as well as to serve the needs of the surrounding communities. To effectively fulfill this role, it is important to involve the communities, including local area residents, businesses, civic groups, tenants, and others.

Have you wondered how Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport operates, what's currently happening, or what the future plans are? Gateway Airport staff is available to meet with you, whether through a presentation at your meeting or through an airport tour. Information below will help you determine your best option for learning more. Click a topic to expand.

About Gateway Airport
Learn more about the rich history of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport dating back to the 1940s.


Airport Statistics
Operational Statistics for Gateway Airport are reported to the Airport by the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) staff, who operate the Tower from 5 am to 12 am daily. An "operation" is either a landing or takeoff at the airport. An aircraft performing a touch-and-go (landing and immediately departing without stopping) counts as two operations.

Operations are categorized as Itinerant (Itin), Local, or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Itinerant means an operation is arriving from outside the traffic pattern or departs the airport traffic pattern. Local means an operation that stays within the traffic pattern airspace (non-itinerant). IFR means an operation that is conducted under Instrument Flight Rules. IFR operations are a sub-category of the total number of operations as they can be either Local or Itinerant. Total Operations = Itinerant Operations + Local Operations.

View the FY17 operational statistics


Airport Tours
Tours of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport are available during normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 6 PM) to all ages. Group sizes of 25 people and less can be accommodated, per tour. Typical tour stops include up-close views / interactions with aircraft, ramp driving tour, and Airport Fire Station visit. Tours are provided free of charge and must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks prior to desired visit date. Service dog terminal familiarization tours for nonprofit entities can be made available during off-peak hours, pending Airport Operations’ schedule. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Brian Sexton, Community Relations Manager at bsexton@gatewayairport.com or 480-988-7618. Please provide the following information: Proposed dates / times of your tour request; number of tour participants; and general age group of participants.


Aircraft Viewing Area - Lynn Kusy Park
The viewing area located at 5803 South Sossaman Road is open to the public and offers a gazebo, picnic tables, an aircraft viewing mound, and excellent views of the airfield / transient aircraft ramp.

Want to host a birthday party or an event at the park? Gazebo reservations can be made by contacting Brian Sexton, Community Relations Manager at bsexton@gatewayairport.com. A security deposit and an application is required for all gazebo reservations.


Aviation Noise Disclosure
Homebuyers and renters should educate themselves in advance about issues that may affect their property and / or perceived quality of life.

Aircraft overflights are sometimes a concern to residents, even though the area of concern may not be contained in any airport noise contours. In Arizona, State law provides the rational basis for airport disclosure based on the Traffic Pattern Airspace map and 60 DNL noise contour. The map can be viewed on the Arizona Department of Real Estate's Web site.

For many years, Airport staff has worked with property owners around the airport to provide disclosure to prospective buyers via an Overflight District Map, surface street directional signage, and the Traffic Pattern Airspace Map on record with the Arizona Department of Real Estate. Some residential communities in the airport vicinity have provided noise disclosure information to the original homebuyers, placed disclosure information in the Community Codes, Covenants, & Restrictions (CC&Rs) or listed the airport under the "hazard or nuisance" section of the Subdivision Report on file with the County Recorders' office. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport's 1999 Federal Aviation Regulation Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study was a public process and can be viewed here.

If you would like to file a complaint about aircraft noise, you can call our dedicated 24-hour number 480-929-7902 or complete our online complaint form. When filing a complaint, please provide specific information for us to effectively research and record your concerns. For recording purposes, only one incident per call will be noted.


Aviation Noise Roles and Responsibilities
Gateway Airport is one element of a national air transportation system and plays a vital link in the regional air transportation system and strives to be a leader in noise abatement efforts. Many different organizations share the responsibility for elements of a noise abatement program and airport operators are just one of these responsible parties. The various participants in the aircraft noise abatement issues and their roles are as follows:

The Federal Government
The national air transportation exists today primarily through Federal legislation and every facet is governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The FAA exercises control of aircraft noise through noise emission standards, air traffic control, pilot and flight regulations, and noise compatibility studies. More information is available on the FAA Web site.

State of Arizona
State regulation of aircraft in flight is preempted by federal law, however, state regulations do affect disclosure of aircraft flight paths and noise. Arizona Revised Statute 28-8486 Public Airport Disclosure requires the recording of public airport disclosure maps. The maps provide information to prospective homebuyers, as well as current homeowners.

Airport / Local Government
Gateway Airport is responsible for promoting noise abatement procedures and ensuring compatible land development through zoning and stipulations within the Airport Influence Area. Airports have no authority to govern aircraft operators while in the air, but are the local point of contact for noise complaints. Airports are not mandated to accept / track noise complaints, but commonly do so to facilitate dialogue with constituents.

Pilots
Aircraft operators are responsible for operating their aircraft safely, while in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations governing flight and Air Traffic Control instructions. The national and local pilot associations actively encourage their members to exercise noise abatement procedures whenever possible.

Residents
Current and prospective residents in areas surrounding or near airports should seek to understand aircraft noise and steps that can be taken to minimize its effects. Prospective home buyers should research the location of airports, flight paths, and determine if aircraft noise affects their quality of life. Gateway Airport works with developers, residents, and realtors regarding noise disclosure to ensure homebuyers are informed about aircraft noise and flight paths and can make an informed decision before purchasing a home. Recognizing airports tend to increase in activity as more people move to the area (as freeways and surface streets increase in traffic over time, so do most airports), prospective area residents should acknowledge that flight paths can change and become busier over time.


Frequently Asked Questions
View answers to our frequently asked questions.


Public Presentations
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport actively seeks opportunities to participate in community events. if you would like an Airport staff member to be involved in your next event or speak with your organization, please contact Brian Sexton, Community Relations Manager, at bsexton@gatewayairport.com or 480-988-7618. Please be prepared to provide the following information: Name of your organization; proposed date of the speaking event; meeting location's address; number of expected attendees; whether audio / visual technology will be provided; time speaker will begin speaking; time (minutes) allotted for speaker; and topics you would like the speaker to address.


Radar Flight Tracking
The City of Phoenix provides PublicVue to track flights as a service to Valley residents.

By clicking on the link, you will be leaving gatewayairport.com. Filing a noise complaint on this third party page will not be forwarded to Gateway Airport. Please submit Gateway Airport noise complaints here.

Please note:
  • Flight information displayed is on a 10-minute delay due to security reasons.
  • Flight altitudes are displayed as Mean Sea Level (MSL). Gateway Airport is at 1,381' above sea level, so the number needs to be adjusted to determine the actual distance above the ground. For example, an aircraft showing an altitude of 3,381 feet over the airport would be flying at 2,000 feet above ground level.
PublicVue Radar Flight Tracking


Submit an Aircraft Noise Complaint
Gateway Airport tracks aircraft noise complaints to identify concerns, trends, and facilitate communication between pilots, FAA, and community members. Noise complaints do not directly influence aircraft flight paths and do not result in "warnings" or "violations" against specific pilots or aircraft in most cases.

To submit an aircraft noise complaint, please click the link below or call the Airport Noise Complaint Line at 480-929-7902.

All aircraft noise complaints submitted online or by phone are compiled and cumulatively reported into a Monthly Noise Report that is submitted to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors.

*Please note: Information provided on the noise complaint hotline or online noise complaint form may be subject to a public records request.

Submit a noise complaint


Volunteer as an Airport Aviator
Enjoy serving your community? Are you a people person? Join the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority AVIATORS Volunteer Program and provide a friendly and Just Plane Easy experience for our guests!

AVIATORS play a vital role at the airport by:
  • Answering questions
  • Providing directions
  • Assisting guests
  • Participating in special events such as Gateway's Aviation Day
Interested in joining? Applicants should be:
  • Able to pass a TSA/FBI Background Check for an Airport Security Badge
  • Have an outgoing personality
  • Work well with others
  • Be ready and willing to learn
AVIATORS are recognized for their service at various events and meetings throughout the year!

If you're ready to apply, visit our Employment page.