Scottsdale to vote on flight path changes for Sky Harbor

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Scottsdale City Council will consider a resolution at its meeting tonight to send the Federal Aviation Administration proposed changes to flight paths at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Some Scottsdale residents don’t like flight paths in and out of Sky Harbor. The city of Scottsdale has  two proposed route changes that would move departing paths out of the Phoenix airport more to the east.

The flight paths were adopted in 2014. The FAA already made some changes to them after a 2017 lawsuit from the city of Phoenix.

FAA held public meetings in April and is accepting comments and input on paths. That comment period ends May 23.

Scottsdale hired law firm Covington & Burling and aviation consulting firm JDA Aviation Technology Solutions to help come up potential flight path changes.

Scottsdale’s preferred route plan would take flights completely out of the city with a second alternative moving them as far east as possible.

The city said it is looking to confer with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (Scottsdale’s eastern neighbor) on the proposal.

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