Aviation nuts in Northeast Mesa can learn about the inner workings of flight during tours at Falcon Field at McKellips and Higley roads.
The free tours are given upon request, according to Dee Anne Thomas, marketing/communications specialist for Falcon Field. They are catered to each guest.
“We design the itinerary based around their needs, the ages of the people in the group, the time of day and the things they want to learn,” Thomas said.
She often suggests folks visit the nearby Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona at 2017 N. Greenfield Road. The tours often include trips to the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, which trains future commercial airline pilots, and Fire Station 208 on the airport.
“They have a special aviation firefighting truck and technology,” she said. “We show them that truck and they give them a demonstration of how that works. They also talk to them about what’s different between fighting a fire on the airport, as opposed to a home.”
Occasionally, guests are taken to the Mesa Police Department aviation hangar at Falcon Field.
“They have three helicopters of their own and two fixed-wing aircraft,” Thomas said. “They talk about their aircraft and their mission, and the specialized equipment that they have, like the really bright lights that shine down.”
Private tenants are willing to show off their aircraft, especially members of the Falcon Warbirds, Warbirds Unlimited Foundation and Wings of Flight Foundation.
“They’ve all been gracious enough to talk to groups about being pilots or restoring aircraft, and the special charity or community work they do,” she said.
The public lawn area is open daily and can be accessed directly from the terminal parking lot. It is located between the terminal and the Falcon Field air traffic control tower. It features historic photographic murals as well as a sidewalk painted with authentic runway markings. Free gliders can be obtained inside the terminal office during business hours that children can fly on the miniature runway.
To schedule a tour, call or email Chris Baldwin at 480-644-4235 or email@example.com. For more information about Falcon Field, visit falconfieldairport.com.