Scottsdale flight path legal fight to cost more

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Scottsdale City Council will consider approving another $90,000 in legal fees for the city’s appeal of the Federal Aviation Administration’s flight paths at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Scottsdale is battling the FAA over those Sky Harbor flight routes and would prefer them to fly.more over the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

The city has already approved a $175,000 contract with the law offices of Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl.

“Due to the complexity of the case and the length of the unsuccessful mediation between the Parties, Council is now requested to approve an additional $90,000 on the contract …. for total attorneys’ fees and costs not to exceed $265,000 through the D.C. Circuit proceedings.”

The extra money will be used for Scottsdale’s legal push over the flight routes at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scottsdale does not like changes to Sky Harbor arrival and departure routes implemented by the FAA in 2014 and 2020 — including after challenges from the City of Phoenix.

The additional legal spending is on the Scottsdale council’s Dec. 7 agenda.

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