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Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ (FFZ)

Falcon Field Airport (FFZ) is a medium sized primarily general and business aviation airport. It is located approximately 14 miles east of Phoenix Sky Harbor. This location makes it convenient for general aviation and corporate traffic trying to avoid the congestion at the larger airport. As with most airports with parallel runways with staggered thresholds, Falcon Field is susceptible to wrong runway landings. In addition to parallel runways, there is also a parallel taxiway that has been confused as a runway. A narrow corridor of airspace exists above the Falcon Class Delta airspace, and below the Class Bravo airspace for Sky Harbor, providing a way for VFR aircraft to transition through the area without the need to contact ATC. This corridor can be very busy, so pilots are reminded to maintain increased situational awareness while arriving or departing Falcon Field. View a printable document of the FFZ information found on this Web page.


Know Before You Go

  • Airport configuration consists of parallel and staggered RWYs 4R-22L and 4L-22R.
  • A complex TWY system provides access to the hangered complexes located on the north and south sides of the field.
  • Wrong RWY landing possible at this airport due to parallel and staggered RWYs.
  • RWY 04R/22L is larger and longer and comes into view first.
  • RWY assignment may change due to controller workload and traffic management.
  • In addition, parallel TWY D has been confused with RWY 4R-22L.  
  • While TWR is in operation, REILs are utilized to identify RWY 4R-22L.
  • During periods of moderate to heavy traffic FFZ utilizes two TWR controllers – one for each RWY.  In this configuration, aircraft exiting either RWY and turning towards the other RWY will be instructed to hold short of the other RWY and contact TWR on the other frequency.
  • Remember, you must have a clearance to cross any RWY, active or not active.
  • When landing, be sure to taxi completely clear of the RWY you are exiting.
  • When landing on RWY 4L-22R and exiting to the south, if unable to exit on TWY B, roll past it without hesitation.  Continue to the end with no delay and taxi clear of the RWY.

Below find various FFZ-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

FFZ Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 480-981-1367
Open 0700L to 1500L – Monday through Friday

General Links

Here are some links to current FAA information.

Some Advisory Circulars for Reference 

Last updated: Friday, August 25, 2023