FAA Issues Notam for Phoenix as Big Game Approaches

 - January 27, 2015, 3:38 PM

With hundreds of business aircraft set to descend on Arizona over the next few days for Super Bowl XLIX, the FAA has issued a notam outlining traffic management procedures for those planning to operate into and out of the eight affected Phoenix-area airports. While there will not be a slot-based traffic management program instituted, the agency has established structured arrival and departure routes for business jet operators, and any incorrect filings from those routes could result in delays as ATC will have to amend the routes manually, NBAA said.

For all aircraft operating to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley, Glendale, Phoenix Goodyear, Scottsdale, Chandler, Falcon Field and Williams Gateway airports, reservations through local FBOs will be required from Thursday until Monday. That reservation number should be included in the remarks section of the flight plan, according to the FAA. In addition, a 10-nm TFR ring centered on the game venue at the University of Phoenix Stadium will prohibit general aviation operations at Glendale and Goodyear airports from 3:25 p.m. local (2225z) until 11 p.m. local (February 2/0600z) on game day and could affect some approaches and departures at Phoenix Sky Harbor. During that same period, entry into a 30-mile outer ring will be limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields.

To avoid delays during the peak period, the FAA notes that flight plans should be filed at least four hours before departure and that pilots should be prepared to provide documentation, including personal identification, certificate number, aircraft ownership information and a contact number.