The Prescott Municipal Airport is one of the nation’s busiest airports. During 2012, approximately 252,000 takeoffs and landings occurred at the airport. This level of activity made Prescott the 3rd busiest airport in the state 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 this activity is generated by flight training conducted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Guidance Aviation, North-Aire, 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, law enforcement, US Forest Service aerial firefighting operations during the summer months, air tours to the Grand Canyon, etc.
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.
Recommend Noise Abatement Practices
Filing a Noise Complaint
To file a noise complaint with the Airport, you may either call 928-777-1150 or email: email@example.com 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.
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.