Short Term Plans
Arizona airports submit a five year capital improvement plan to both the FAA and ADOT Aeronautics on an annual basis. The blast fences off runway 19 were identified by the FAA as high priority issues needing relocation and reconfiguration due to the control tower line of site and lying within the object free zone. This project was completed in 2013.
An environmental assessment is near completion for the acquisition of property north of runway 19 approach.
Additional short term projects include center apron asphalt rehabilitation and relocation of the ramp light poles to the apron perimeter, which will increase airplane safety and aircraft parking capacity.
Long Term Plans
Long term plans in the Airport Master Plan include a new taxiway on the east side of the runway with new a northeast corporate hangar area, central transient ramp, and south hangar development, all subject to future design layout.
Based Aircraft Forecast
The master plan forecast estimates a 55% growth in based aircraft by 2025. The fleet mix indicates that 20 jets and historic war birds could be based at the airport in the next 15 years. The FAA projects that business jets will be the fastest growing general aviation aircraft type in the future. The Glendale Airport is well positioned to attract this market because of its general aviation facilities, airport terminal building, adequate runway length, and the airport traffic control tower.
Annual Operations Forecast
Overall itinerant operations for towered airports in the US has declined slightly since 9/11, however Glendale Airport has experienced over 40% growth through 2006, and a steady decline since that time due to the slow economy. Business jets are anticipated to show the most growth, reflective of what is happening in the industry. The increase is also based on the continued increase in flight training, on-demand charters, and projected increase traffic for the sports venues.