Phoenix Goodyear Airport

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Phoenix Goodyear Airport
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Airport type Public
Owner City of Phoenix
Serves Phoenix, Arizona
Location Goodyear, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 971 ft / 296 m
Coordinates 33°25′41″N 112°22′28″W / 33.42806°N 112.37444°W / 33.42806; -112.37444Coordinates: 33°25′41″N 112°22′28″W / 33.42806°N 112.37444°W / 33.42806; -112.37444
GYR is located in Arizona
Location in Arizona
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 8,501 2,592 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 64 20 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 137,253
Based aircraft 223

Phoenix Goodyear Airport (IATA: GYRICAO: KGYRFAA LID: GYR) (formerly Goodyear Municipal Airport) is a public airport a mile southwest of Goodyear, in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona.[1]

It was built during World War II as a naval air facility, NAF Litchfield Park, then upgraded to naval air station status and renamed NAS Litchfield Park. Its primary role after the end of World War II was storage and preservation of obsolete or excess U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard aircraft.[2] In 1968, all Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard aircraft preservation and storage was consolidated at the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson and NAS Litchfield Park was slated for closure.

Following the closure of NAS Litchfield Park in 1968, the city of Phoenix purchased the airport as a general aviation reliever airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The airport is not served by any airlines. The airport is, however, a major keep and maintenance spot for many airlines around the world, and many airlines' aircraft, both domestic and international ones, can be spotted there.[3]

Phoenix-Goodyear Airport is a Superfund site due to a number of soil and groundwater contaminants from its time as a military installation.

NAS Litchfield Park[edit]

Old World War ll Radar Tower located in the Phoenix Goodyear Airport (formerly Goodyear Municipal Airport). The tower was built in 1941 during World War II when the airport was a naval air facility.


Phoenix Goodyear Airport covers 789 acres (319 ha); it has one asphalt runway, 3/21, which is 8,501 x 150 ft (2,591 x 46 m), and one concrete helipad, H1, which is 64 x 64 ft (20 x 20 m).[1]

In 2007 the airport had 188,136 aircraft operations, average 515 per day: 93% general aviation, <1% airline, 5% military and 1% air taxi. 223 aircraft are based at the airport: 73% single engine, 11% multi-engine, 16% jet and <1% helicopters.[1]

Resident companies[edit]

The Phoenix-Goodyear Airport "bone-yard" where planes no longer in use are kept.

The airfield is home to several companies offering aircraft maintenance and commercial pilot training:

Both flight training schools, while regulated by the FAA and operating under their regulations, train students to JAA requirements as required for Europe.

From 2014 even CTC Wings aviation academy uses the airport as training facility in addition to its center in Hamilton, New Zealand. CTC is a British flight training organisation that provides freshly trained airline pilots to numerous airlines throughout the world, mainly within the United Kingdom, most notably EasyJet, and also including British Airways, Qatar, Flybe, Thomson, Thomas Cook, and Monarch Airlines amongst others.

Operational Statistics[edit]

Type of Operation Number
Single Engine Aircraft Based on Field: 196
Multi-Engine Aircraft Based on Field: 17
Annual Commercial Operations: 147
Jet Aircraft Based on Field: 2
Annual Commuter Operations: none
Helicopters Based on Field: 2
Annual Air Taxi Operations: 313
Military Aircraft Based on Field: 6
Annual Military Operations: 4228
Gliders Based on Field: none
Annual GA Local Operations: 79391
Ultralights Based on Field: none
Annual GA Itinerant Operations: 53174



  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GYR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-07-05
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