Airport Planning and Development
The Prescott Airport is a key community asset owned and operated by the City of Prescott for the benefit of its users such as USFS fire fighting aircraft, emergency medical aircraft, aircraft owners, flight schools, and cargo companies like UPS as well as airline passengers and members of the general public. A key tool used by the City of Prescott in the management of this asset for the community is airport planning and development.
Airport planning and development is a systematic process utilized to establish guidelines for the efficient development of airports that is consistent with local, state and national goals. A key objective of airport planning is to assure the effective use of airport resources in order to satisfy the aviation demand of the community in a financially feasible manner. It provides the foundation for operation of an airport to meet the needs of the users by creating a plan not only for the development but also for the process used to implement the planned projects. A number of federal requirements govern various development projects, as well as the planning and development process.
Airport planning may be as broad based as the national system plan or more centrally focused as an airport master plan or individual project plan for an specific airport. The primary types of airport planning may basically be classified as follows:
- National System Planning (NPIAS)
- State Airport System Planning (SASP)
- Metropolitan Airport System Planning
- Local Airport Master and Project Development Planning
For an individual airport, the owners more closely identify with the airport master plan for their airport. An airport master plan represents the airport's blueprint for long-term (5-20 year) development. A few of the goals of a master plan are:
- To provide a graphic representation of existing airport features, future airport development and anticipated land use.
- To establish a realistic schedule for implementation of the proposed development
- To identify an realistic financial plan to support the development
- To validate the plan technically and procedurally through investigation of concepts and alternatives on technical, economic and environmental grounds.
- To prepare and present a plan to the public that adequately addresses all relevant issues and satisfies local, state and federal regulations.
- To establish a framework for a continuous planning process.
Essential Air Service at Prescott
Current airline service at the Prescott Municipal Airport is part of a national program called the Essential Air Service Program. The Airline Deregulation Act, passed in 1978, gave airlines almost total freedom to determine which markets to serve domestically and what fares to charge for that service. The Essential Air Service (EAS) program was put into place to guarantee that small communities that were served by certificated air carriers before deregulation maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service. The US Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Aviation Analysis Division was tasked with implementing and managing the EAS program.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Aviation Analysis Division has recently published a request for bid for the Essential Air Service contract at Prescott Airport (Docket # DOT-OST-1996-1899). Bids are due to the DOT by January 6, 2011. Once the bids have been received by the DOT, the City will be provided with copies of the bid for review and an opportunity to provide comment and feedback by the City Council. Additionally, citizens may submit comments directly to the DOT at the information listed below. For more information, please feel free to contact the Airport Administration at 928-777-1114 or for a copy of the Essential Air Service docket, please visit the website
Comments may be submitted to:
Essential Air Service Program
c/o Mr. Dennis DeVany, Chief
X-53 EAS & Domestic Analysis Division
Office of Aviation Analysis
Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
- Airport Master Plan - Table of Contents (pdf, 19.6 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Introduction to the Study (pdf, 22.8 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Chapter 1 Baseline Conditions (pdf, 21516.5 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Chapter 2 Aviation Demand Forecasts (pdf, 133.7 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Chapter 3 Facility Requirements (pdf, 267.8 kb)
- Airport Master Plan- Chapter 4 Alternatives Analysis (pdf, 40227.1 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Chapter 5 Environmental Evaluation (pdf, 73.8 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Chapter 6 Capital Improvement Program (pdf, 62.5 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 1 of 8 (pdf, 2446.6 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 2 of 8 (pdf, 3226.4 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 3 of 8 (pdf, 4253.8 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 4 of 8 (pdf, 2978.9 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 5 of 8 (pdf, 4746.7 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 6 of 8 (pdf, 2938.0 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 7 of 8 (pdf, 10651.7 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 1 Sheet 8 of 8 (pdf, 3136.9 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 2 Runway Length Analysis (pdf, 255.5 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 3 Land Use Analysis (pdf, 5337.2 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 4 Passenger Leakage Analysis (pdf, 405.6 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 5 Lease Rates Analysis (pdf, 170.0 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 6 Project Documentation (pdf, 5897.2 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 7 Environmental Letters (pdf, 3417.0 kb)
- Airport Master Plan - Appendix 8 Glossary of Terms (pdf, 58.0 kb)
Runway 21L-3R Runway Safety Area Improvement Project
The City will be removing 400' of Runway 21L-3R from the 3R end and adding it to the 21L end to ensure a full 1000' Runway Safety Area at the 3R end. The project will also include shifting of Taxiway's C and D to match the relocated 21L Runway end, replacing 7000' of drainage ditch between Runway 21L-3R and Taxiway D, providing paved shoulders on Runway 21L-3R, reconstruction of failing pavement at the intersection of Runway 21L-3R & Runway 12-30 and at Taxiway E4, as well as replacing runway and taxiway directional signage at several locations. Funding Source: FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
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- Perimeter Road Improvements (Fall/Winter 2004)
The City constructed the runway incursion safety improvements (RIAT) which included enhancing lighting and signage as well as constructing two service roads around the ends of runway 30 and runway 3R. Funding Source: FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
- Runway Safety Areas & Infield Area Improvements (Spring 2005)
The City installed landing hold-short Operation (LASHO) signs and markings. The City also completed construction of the service roads and other RIAT safety related improvements. The Project also included required modification to runway hold markings to mitigate the potential for runway incursions as an incidental cost. Funding Source: FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
- Runway 12-30 Safety Area Improvements & Taxiways D & F Electrical Rehabilitation (Spring 2006)
The project included installation of a new technology LED taxiway edge light system, replacement of lighted signs, installation of LED flashing runway guard lights that warn pilots they are about to cross a runway and the replacement of two lighting control panels in the control tower and the electrical utility vault. Funding Source: FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
- Design & Construction of Airfield Fencing & Security Improvements (Winter 2006)
The City installed a new chain link fence and automatic gates which replaced the existing cattle fence and light duty gates that have been in place. The new fence and gates provide for better security for the airport as well as helping to insure that wildlife will remain off of the runways and taxiways. Funding Source: FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
- Terminal Expansion (Summer 2008)
The City constructed an expansion to the existing terminal facility through the installation of a double wide modular building to provide for the expanded TSA screening checkpoint and passenger boarding area. This expansion was completed as part of the initiation of service by Horizon Airlines from Prescott to LAX. Funding Source: Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
- Relocation of Rotating Beacon (Spring 2010)
The construction allowed for the relocation of a new beacon to replace the obsolete beacon from the residential areas that surrounds the southern portion of the Airport. This project also provided for an emergency power supply to runway 21R and associated taxiway A. Funding Source: Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.
- Rehabilitate Taxiways (Fall 2010)
The City rehabilitated Taxiway C through crack sealing and providing a seal coat. The airport also installed enhanced taxiway centerline markings, Runway holding position markings, & surface painted hold position signs across the entire airport. Funding Source: FAA, Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and City of Prescott.