Falcon Field Airport
Business Objective: Falcon Field Airport
Provide a safe, operationally efficient, public-use general aviation reliever airport that is a financially self-sustaining economic hub in the City and takes reasonable measures to be environmentally responsible and sensitive to the surrounding community.
- Falcon Field is maintained as a first-class, safe and secure airport.
- Falcon Field is a major economic asset for the City of Mesa that creates jobs for the community.
- Falcon Field operates and makes improvements with enterprise and grant funds only and does not rely upon the City's General Fund.
- The environment and quality of life of those affected by the airport is protected without adversely affecting commerce, trade, and recreation at the airport.
Falcon Field Airport
- Replaced all runway and taxiway lights with LED lighting
- Replaced all exterior City-owned hangar lights with LED lighting
- Airport Planned Area Development Design Standards encourage design/construction of energy efficient buildings
- Motion activated lighting throughout terminal building
- City water hydration station provided in terminal building for staff and public instead of single-use plastic water bottles
- Researching what other airports are doing to improve climate and environment
- Discussing with COM Environmental and SRP the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations at the airport
- Replacing covered tie-down structure lights with LED lighting
- Decreasing vehicle miles traveled
- Adjusting temperature on office thermostats at the end of each business day (68° winter months/78° summer months)
- Marketing Falcon Field to eVTOL businesses
- Reducing copies printed on office printers
- Replace all interior City-owned hangar lights
- Upgrade Falcon Drive landscaping irrigation system to reduce water consumption
Immediate Plans Moving Forward:
- Replace airport maintenance facility lights
- Add recycling trash cans to the public viewing areas
- Replace airport vehicles with electric vehicles
- Replace south taxiway ramp lights with LED lighting
- Install solar panels in undevelopable areas of the citrus groves
- Large airport tenant publicly announced that they will be converting to electric aircraft
Key Performance Measure: Airport Businesses
The number of businesses based on the airport.
Data was incomplete before 2017 because airport tenants self-reported & may not have included information about their business or sub-tenant businesses. Now airport staff visits every business at least once within a two-year period and updates the data after each visit.
Changes and new businesses to date in FY20-21:
- California Aeronautical University expanded its operations and opened a branch campus at Falcon Field offering aviation-related academic degrees and flight training.
- AvFlight purchased Falcon Executive Aviation and began operations as the airport's fixed base operator (FBO). It will expand into the Mesa Hangar development when construction is completed in summer 2021.
- Falcon Executive Aviation continues to provide charter air service.
- Pitot Pressure Aviation, LLC purchased Canyon State Aero and will begin redevelopment of the premises in summer 2021.
- Lemac Aviation is expanding its Falcon Field operations and purchased a larger office/hangar space.
- Flight Tap Room replaced Desert Eagle Brewery.
- GNC Enterprises, LLC replaced Impala Bob's & Bob's Pilot Shop.
- RSJ Avionics opened in Falcon Hangar.
- Blue Road Enterprises, Inc. opened in Falcon Hangar.
- Starman Brothers Auction has placed its Falcon Field facility for sale.
- Leopard Aviation expanded its flight training business to Falcon Field and is already planning an expansion of its operations at the airport.
- ATP Flight School began operating at Falcon Field.
- Multiple private hangars are planned and/or currently under construction.
- Multiple new businesses have located into airport office buildings, including Home2Suites temporary administration offices.
Key Performance Measure: Based Aircraft
The number of aircraft based at the airport, with the exception of transient aircraft and aircraft with no FAA-assigned 'N' number.
- Aircraft that are based at Falcon Field at least six months of the year are counted as based aircraft.
- This data includes aircraft that are owned and operated by individuals as well as on-airport businesses.
- Data is obtained initially when tenants enter lease agreements/rental storage agreements.
- Verification occurs at regular hangar inspections and visual ramp checks, and data is updated daily.
- Based aircraft numbers change seasonally.
- Inventory fluctuations of based aircraft occur with the number of on-airport businesses & aircraft they report.
- Aircraft under construction or temporary foreign-based aircraft are not included.
- From FY18-19 to present, higher demand for open & covered tie-down aircraft parking has increased based aircraft counts.