Sky Harbor NextGen Flight Patterns

DC Ranch Engagement Plan for NextGen Flight Patterns – View Here

What is Sky Harbor NextGen?

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.

How can residents engage?

DC Ranch residents are encouraged to continue to engage the City of Scottsdale with thoughts and concerns, and we will update residents regarding opportunities to weigh in with FAA as the public process unfolds in the coming months.

City of Phoenix’s FAA flight paths issue web site:

City of Scottsdale’s FAA flight paths issue web site:

How will DC Ranch be involved?

The DC Ranch Community Council will closely monitor the FAA’s public process as it unfolds and continue to update residents as opportunities to weigh in arise.

Latest Updates

Jan. 17, 2018


*The FAA no longer feels it can keep the February workshop dates due to the fed shutdown and will be rescheduling them for April.*

Dec. 31, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will hold three open houses in February to gather community input on the NextGen flight pattern changes made at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The 2014 Sky Harbor flight pattern changes moved air traffic to fly over heavily populated areas, including DC Ranch, creating potential safety hazards and noise issues.

DC Ranch Residents are encouraged to attend. The greater number of people the FAA hears from could impact their decision on adjusting flight patterns. Community Council staff will voice concerns on behalf of the DC Ranch community-at-large.

If the Sky Harbor NextGen flight pattern changes have negatively impacted the enjoyment of your home, this is your opportunity to speak up!

Click here for more information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Click here for more information from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

This is the schedule for the meetings in the Phoenix area:

Feb. 12, 2019
5 to 8 p.m.
Desert Vista High School
16640 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Feb. 13, 2019
5 to 8 p.m.
Cesar Chavez High School
3927 W. Baseline Road
Laveen Village, AZ 85339

Feb. 14, 2019
5 to 8 p.m.
Paradise Valley High School
3950 E. Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

The workshops will be held in an open-house format. People can arrive any time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to view project display boards and talk to FAA subject matter experts.

Nov. 29, 2018

At their November 13 meeting, Scottsdale City Council voted to hire JDA Aviation Technology Solutions for the purpose of consulting and providing expert opinions regarding aviation issues produced by Sky Harbor’s 2014 NextGen flight pattern changes. This will be a contractual agreement for the city, not to exceed $115,000.

Nov. 5, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning to hold public workshops in February/March of 2019 to seek public input on the eastbound routes out of Sky Harbor Airport.

In 2014, the FAA revised flight path routes around the country, including at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The new flight paths, called NextGen, moved Sky Harbor eastbound air traffic to fly over DC Ranch and other areas of Scottsdale that were not previously in the Sky Harbor flight path.

The DC Ranch Community Council has been working with Congressman Schweikert and the Scottsdale Mayor’s office to get the FAA to reconsider the changes they made to the eastbound flight patterns. These meetings signal the FAA has agreed to listen.

It is imperative that residents attend the FAA workshops and weigh-in as to how the increased air traffic over DC Ranch has impacted you and your family. DC Ranch will notify residents when the meeting dates, times and locations are set by the FAA.

August 2018

The city of Scottsdale recently hired a Washington D.C. lobbying firm, Covington & Burling, L.L.P., to develop and implement a strategy to impact Sky Harbor’s eastern flight patterns that were changed as part of the FAA’s 2014 NextGen. DC Ranch Community Council is working with the Mayor’s office and other elected officials to lessen NextGen’s impact on the community.

May 22, 2018

On May 21, DC Ranch Community Council received a reply to its letter dated March 27 to FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Dennis Roberts. In the letter, Roberts stated the FAA is still working through Step One of their Court Ordered Memorandum which addresses procedural changes to westbound flights out of Sky Harbor.

The letter goes on to say, “Under Step Two of the Memorandum, the FAA agreed to consider comments on procedures outside the scope of Step One. The proposal and adoption of any procedure changes other than those related to western departures would be solely at the FAA’s discretion. Nevertheless, the FAA will conduct community outreach meeting with the public as part of Step Two. The purpose of the meetings will be to inform the public regarding any changes in procedures being considered and to solicit public comments.” Residents will be informed when these meetings dates are known.

In the meantime, DC Ranch Community Council will continue to work with Congressman Schweikert and the Scottsdale Mayor’s office to stress the need for procedural changes that will lessen the impact of NextGen on the DC Ranch community-at-large.

April 2, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented two new west flow Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedures. These amendments to air traffic procedures are part of the first step (“Step One”) in implementing an agreement between the FAA and the Petitioners, City of Phoenix and certain historic neighborhood petitioners, as a result of the court decision.

The procedures that were implemented on March 29 are for westbound aircraft that turn north or continue westward after departing from Sky Harbor. Implementation of the proposed southwest departure corridor is pending further consultation. The FAA intends to decide on the southwest departure changes before May 24, 2018.

None of these changes affect the eastbound flights that impact DC Ranch.

DC Ranch Community Council, represented by Chris Irish, will continue to work with Congressman Schweikert and the Scottsdale Mayor’s office to stress to the FAA that eastbound flights must also be addressed.

Residents who are impacted may also reach out to the FAA to request the eastbound flights be adjusted. | Contact Info

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