Sky Harbor Flight Patterns

In 2014, the FAA adopted NextGen Flight Patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. While the greatest impact was in Phoenix, this change resulted in new Sky Harbor air traffic over DC Ranch. The city of Phoenix filed a lawsuit in August 2017 that led to a U.S. District Court of Appeals decision in favor of Phoenix.

In Nov. 2017, the FAA and Phoenix negotiated an agreement, dependent on the federal court’s approval, which spells out that the FAA will return to the previous flight paths on western departures from Sky Harbor “to the extent practicable,” and new flight paths will be developed during a public process next year. The FAA also committed to hold community meetings in April of 2018 to seek input on flight patterns to the east.

Latest Updates

Feb. 8, 2018

DC Ranch, represented by Chris Irish, Executive Director of the Community Council, attended the February 8 FAA Workshop at Horizon High School seeking community input on the NextGen flight path changes. Community concerns were discussed along with presenting a formal letter to the FAA. | Read Letter

Jan. 22, 2018

The FAA will hold three public workshops on February 6, 7, and 8 to address their NextGen flight patterns which increased Sky Harbor air traffic over DC Ranch starting in 2014. While westbound routes are the FAA’s primary focus, this is an opportunity to make known concerns with eastbound routes.| Learn More