Falcon Field Airport
Business Objective:
Falcon Field Airport
Mission Statement
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. 
Desired Outcomes
  • 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. 
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Falcon Field Airport

Completed:
  • 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
In Progress:
  • 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
Immediate Plans Moving Forward:
  • Replace all interior City-owned hangar lights, airport maintenance facility lights, and south taxiway lights with LED lighting 
  • Install solar panels in undevelopable areas of the citrus groves
Future Plans: 
  • Replace airport vehicles with electric vehicles
Tenant Initiatives:
  • Large airport tenant is currently moving towards converting to electric aircraft fleet
Key Performance Measure: Airport Businesses
Description
The number of businesses based on the airport.
Methods
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.
Analysis
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
Description
The number of aircraft based at the airport, with the exception of transient aircraft and aircraft with no FAA-assigned 'N' number. 
Methods
  • 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.
Analysis
  • 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.  

Core Business Processes