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Airspace Research Study Phoenix, Arizona 2004. Objective Goal: To advocate improved operational safety through enhanced understanding of surrounding practice.

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1 Airspace Research Study Phoenix, Arizona 2004

2 Objective Goal: To advocate improved operational safety through enhanced understanding of surrounding practice area usage Valley-wide distribution of study results and recommendations Continued annual to bi-annual research for continued improvement Airports Studied: CHD, FFZ, IWA, SDL, DVT, & P19 General Focus: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, & Southwest practice areas

3 Research Development Surveys distributed to various FBO/ Flight schools Valley-wide contained questions involving: Primary practice area usage Altitude utilization Transitions Collision Avoidance Data received from surveys implemented into presentation **All information, charts, and graphs are based only on submitted surveys, accuracy varies

4 Surveys Answered FacilityHome Base UND AerospaceIWA Silver State HelicoptersIWA Mesa Pilot DevelopmentIWA Professional Flight Inst. ServiceFFZ Falcon Executive AviationFFZ Chandler Air ServiceCHD Westwind School of AeronauticsDVT Pan Am International Flight Academy DVT Sabena Airline Training CenterSDL ATCAGYR

5 Surveys Received Broken Down by Airport AirportSurveys Answered Total # of FBO/Rental Facility/School on field IWA 37 CHD 13 FFZ 24 SDL 14 DVT 22 P19 01

6 Current Maximum and Average Aircraft within Practice Area

7 Average Aircraft Average Aircraft within Practice Areas within Practice Areas

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9 Primary Practice Areas by Airport IWA: Southeast & Southwest CHD: Southeast & Southwest FFZ: East, Northeast, Southeast, & Southwest SDL: Northeast, Southeast, & Southwest DVT: Northwest (primary), Northeast (secondary), Southeast, Southwest (occasionally)

10 IWA: Transitioning To & From Helicopter (1 schools info): Direct into SE practice area and direct to return to IWA at 500 AGL Fixed Wing (2 schools info): SE and SW practice area average daily transitions (2 schools): From IWA-practice area transition points: Over Pegasus Between Mr. Volcano & Santan Mountains Gap of the Santan Mountains Rittenhouse to Renaissance Festival From practice area-IWA Same positions as transitioning outbound Altitudes: Outbound altitudes: 4,000 MSL and above Inbound altitudes: 3,500 MSL

11 CHD: Transitioning To & From Fixed Wing (1 school/FBO info): From CHD to Practice area : Headings between degrees Practice area to CHD : 4 NM directly south of field 4 NM directly east of field Altitudes : Inbound altitudes: 2,500-3,500 MSL Outbound altitudes 2,500-3,500 MSL

12 FFZ: Transitioning To & From Fixed wing: (2 schools info): From FFZ- NE practice area: Direct to practice area Either side of Red Mt. to practice area Direct Fountain Hills Return over same points From FFZ-SE practice area (Apache Junction) Directly east from FFZ to canal and U.S. 60 at 3,000 MS Altitudes: Outbound altitudes: 3,500 MSL and above/ 4,500 MSL Inbound altitudes: 3,000 MSL/ 4,500 MSL

13 SDL: Transitioning To & From Fixed wing (1 schools info): From SDL-NE/SE practice areas: NE and SE via usary Pass/ Apache Junction From SDL-SW practice area: Via Class Bravo transition or SE practice area Inbound and Outbound altitudes: 3,500 MSL- 6,500 MSL

14 DVT: Transitioning To & From Fixed wing (2 schools): From DVT-all practice areas: All directions from DVT 25L/R: west of I-17, then NW or W to shooting range, orchards, or towards Luke AFB Aux. Fields 7L/R: N-NW over Cave Creek dam, bend in Carefree HWY, or NE-E toward Pinnacle Peak Inbound from practice area- DVT: Same as outbound reference points Outbound and Inbound altitudes: 3,000- 5,500 MSL

15 Altitudes Used within Practice Areas Practice AreaPrimary Altitudes of Training (MSL) Transition within Using VFR Recommended Altitude Northeast4,000-6,500Yes Northwest4,000-6,500Yes Southeast4,000-6,500Yes Southwest2,000-higherYes

16 Collision Avoidance AirportTCASMonitor and Report on Frequency Company Traffic Coordination IWA<10% of aircraftYes CHDNoneNo FFZNoneYes SDLNoneYes DVTNoneYes P19Unknown GYR100% of aircraftYes

17 Projected Growth of Aircraft in 5 Years Goodyear:Remain the same Scottsdale:50% increase Gateway:10%-50% increase fixed wing/ 50% increase rotor Deer Valley:50% increase Chandler:10% increase Falcon:30% increase

18 Extended Collision Avoidance Suggestions Utilization of higher altitudes Operate further out in each practice area Communication on proper frequencies Coordination of company aircraft Possibility of VFR flight following from ABQ center or PHX approach Additional TCAS equipped aircraft Spreading awareness of operations to all flight schools/FBO Valley wide

19 Getting Involved Develop awareness of the AFTW Distribute discovered research Hand out additional surveys to other facilities

20 Questions?


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