October 17, 2017: The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport), owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority has welcomed five large test groups for manufacturers including Boeing, Mitsubishi, Bombardier and Embraer over the past few months.
Gateway Airport has emerged as an industry favorite for testing because of the three 10,000-foot runways, a newly reconstructed ramp, large conference rooms, open airspace and ideal weather. Test crews often cite available office and storage space for crews and tools besides the reliable average temperatures and flexibility of airport staff as the main reasons they choose Gateway Airport.
“The staff at Gateway Aviation Services went above and beyond to ensure our testing project was a success,” said Katie Woods, Flight Test team manager for AeroTEC. “The airport was an ideal location for the tests we wanted to perform and we look forward to returning in the future.”
“As a former military base (Williams Air Force Base), Gateway Airport is a natural location for companies to test the newest and most advanced equipment under development,” said Matt Nebgen, Director of Gateway Aviation Services. “Our staff is specially trained to ensure that test crews have the resources they need to be successful.”