Dec. 29, 2015

In January and February, Runways 4R/22L and 4L/22R at Falcon Field Airport (FFZ) in Mesa, AZ will be closed non-concurrently for the taxiway ALPHA re-alignment construction project. These are hard closures with no potential for runway recall.

Runway 4L/22R is scheduled to close Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 a.m. (1300Z) and remain closed until Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Runway 4R/22L is expected to close Monday, Feb. 1 at 6 a.m. (1300Z) and remain closed until Sunday, Feb. 15. Some aircraft may not be able to accept runway 4L/22R when runway 4R/22L is closed. Operators are encouraged to check NOTAMs for updated times of the runway closures and their reopenings.

FFZ has a high number of daily pilot training operations. Operators should expect a reduction in normal pattern work as volume dictates. Other area airports may see an increase in transient pilot training students requesting IFR and VFR pattern work.

Also, during the Runway 4R/22L closure only, when winds favor a Runway 4 operation, departures from taxiway DELTA 3 will be allowed (away from the construction zone).

The terminal building at FFZ was formally reopened Dec. 12 after a 10-month renovation that upgraded and expanded facilities for pilots, passengers and the public. It is the first of several improvements to be completed this fall and in early 2016 at the airport.

“The Falcon Field Area has many opportunities for additional development, and this upgraded terminal will help attract new business and general aviation users,” sad Mayor John Giles. “Falcon Field Airport will continue its great tradition of being a driving economic force in Mesa.”