|Quoting chrisair (Reply 91):|
They do tours?
By the way, why on earth did that big Coyotes banner get taken down from the tower in May, before they lost?
Of course, as far as I know, all FAA facilities do tours. They suspended them for a couple of months when that story at JFK
ATCT with the kid on frequency was all over the news (like that never happened before...
). Unless something like that happens again, it's pretty easy to request a tour. Probably. I've never really had to do it. Just call the TRACON if you're interested. They'll probably set you up with an ASU
intern or something, and they'll take you up to the tower and in the radar room.
|Quoting wn676 (Reply 92):|
They closed this past November and moved out to GEU.
Son of a... I actually liked that place. It had a pretty good view on the patio too. Do you know if they just wanted a better location or if the city had something to do with it? I know that PHX
has been trying (and mostly failing) to acquire some of those buildings on the northern boundary to possibly build a fourth runway. It's a stupid idea. Honeywell won't move and a fourth runway won't matter unless Tempe quits being stupid and allows the airspace changes to accommodate simultaneous departures.
|Quoting aztrainer (Reply 112):|
To state that IWA is in the middle of nowhere is a little far fetched.
Exactly. 20-30 years ago, it was definitely in the middle of nowhere. I live about six or seven miles southeast of IWA and I don't really even live in the middle of nowhere. Just close to it. Mesa and Gilbert have really grown around the airport, and Mesa's investments to the ASU
Polytechnic Campus, Power Rd corridor, SR
802, the new resort on the old GM
proving grounds (which will be the largest resort in Arizona), and airport business complex are making a huge impact. Urban planning classes all over the world actually use IWA as a study model as an "aerotropolis", a city that grows around an airport. That's been Mesa's goal since Willie AFB closed and it's working.
AirframeAS, just a minor detail.. IWA has a catchment area of something like two million. That's more than the entire metro area of LAS
. It's also only about a 25-30 minute drive to Phoenix. It takes almost as long as that to get from downtown to Scottsdale.