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Noise Abatement Program

Prescott is one of the nation’s busiest airports.  During 2013, the airport experienced 261,583 aircraft and helicopter operations which ranked Prescott as the 4th busiest airport in Arizona and the 37th busiest airport in the nation.  Designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a non-primary, commercial service airport, Prescott is utilized by light aircraft, helicopters, corporate aircraft, commercial airline and military aircraft.

A large percentage of flight operations is generated by flight training conducted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Guidance Aviation, North-Aire Aviation, and Universal Helicopters. Other activities include recreational aviation, scheduled airline service, corporate aviation, business aviation, and military operations. The community benefits of these activities include medical flights, search & rescue flights, airbourne law enforcement, air cargo, and US Forest Service aerial firefighting operations.

The Airport’s noise abatement program has been developed to establish and maintain a partnership between the airport, airport users and community stakeholders. Our goal is to minimize the effects of flight operations on the surrounding community while ensuring the long-term success of the airport. Compliance with our voluntary noise abatement procedures is extremely important in maintaining goodwill between the airport and our neighbors.

Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with our recommended noise abatement practices. The Airport’s noise abatement practices are recommendations only; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. Flight safety is our #1 priority. NOISE ABATEMENT PRACTICES SHOULD NEVER COMPROMISE SAFETY.

Thank you for your cooperation and for choosing to use the Prescott Municipal Airport/Ernest A. Love Field.

Airport Area Planning & Development

The Prescott Municipal Airport is an integral part of the local, regional and national air transportation system providing essential aviation services. In an effort to help minimize the potential impact upon the airport from residential encroachment and to allow for the development of the surrounding areas, the Airport and the City of Prescott developed and adopted the Airport Specific Area Plan (ASAP) in 2001 and updated the ASAP in 2013. Additionally, the City of Prescott updated the Airport Master Plan in 2010 to provide guidance for the long-term development of the airport and its facilities to meet the current and future airport needs.

For more information about the Airport, the noise abatement program or for any other questions about the airport, please contact the Airport Administration Office at 928-777-1114. For further area information you may wish to contact the City’s Community Development office at 928-777-1207 and/or visit the Arizona Department of Real Estate website.

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Recommend Noise Abatement Practices

Noise Abatement Program – Frequently Asked Questions

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Filing a Complaint

To file a complaint with the Airport, you may either call 928-777-1150 or email: airport.admin@prescott-az.gov and provide the following information:

  • Your name, address and telephone number
  • The date and time of the occurrence
  • A brief description of the event including: Nature of complaint (noise, low flying, traffic, safety, etc.); Aircraft type (propeller, jet, helicopter); Aircraft description (color, number of engines, high wing/low wing, etc.); Type of operation (takeoff, landing, overflight, aerobatics, etc.).
  • Please indicate if you would like a staff member to return your call/email

Management staff is available to respond to complaints during normal business hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, however, Airport Operations staff will investigate complaints received after normal business hours and weekends with the airport traffic control tower and forward the information to Management for follow-up. Complaints that contain vulgar or threatening language will not be acted upon.

Please be aware that all information submitted will become part of the City’s public records and that Arizona’s Public Records Law, A.R.S. §39-121, et. seq. will require the City to disclose such record and information upon a request for public records.

Filing a Complaint about Low-Flying Aircraft/Helicopter

Within FAA, the Office of Flight Standards monitors aircraft operations. Locally, Flight Standards inspectors work in a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). The Scottsdale FSDO services the Prescott area and may be reached by visiting their website or by phone at (480) 419-0111.

For more information on filing a Low Flying Aircraft or Noise Complaint with the FAA, please visit the FAA website at either: FAA- Aircraft Noise FAA- No Low Fly

Low-flying aircraft/helicopter complaints may also be filed with the Airport and we will work to help investigate the occurrence, however, the Airport has no regulatory authority over aircraft/helicopters in flight – that is solely the authority of the FAA.