Cottonwood Airport

Cottonwood, Arizona, United States

Noise Abatement Information - Last update 07/15/2023



The airport is surrounded by noise sensitive areas. The following noise abatement practices, updated and adopted at the May 4, 2022, Airport Commission meeting, are voluntary – no noise abatement practice shall supersede safety. However, voluntary compliance with the requested noise abatement practices is greatly appreciated.

The City of Cottonwood is committed to monitoring airport-related noise in the surrounding community and is dedicated to helping stakeholders understand regulations associated with airport flight operations and noise in a transparent, clear, and accessible way.


All Runways  |  All Aircraft Categories  |  Arrival Only

1. Maintain pattern altitude until necessary for landing.
2. Avoid low altitude, high RPM approaches on extended downwind, base and final.
3. Follow the PAPI to indicate a safe glidepath and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.


All Runways  |  All Aircraft Categories  |  Departure Only

1. Maintain runway heading until 1000 feet AGL prior to turning.
2. Use Vy (best-rate-of-climb) airspeed until reaching 1000 feet AGL.
3. Avoid flying over residential areas with the propeller set to low pitch and high RPM.

  Preferential Runways

All Aircraft Categories  |  Arrival & Departure


  Pattern Altitudes


All Runways  |  All Aircraft Categories


The traffic patterns for the Airport shall be as follows:

1. Left-hand rectangular pattern for Runway 14.
2. Right-hand rectangular pattern for Runway 32.

  Intersection Takeoffs

All Runways  |  Aircraft Categories: A, B, C, D & E

Stop and Go, Midfield, and Intersection take-offs are prohibited.

  Flight Training


2. Avoid repetitive flight training operations between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. weekdays and 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. weekends and holidays.

3. Conduct full-stop taxi backs (rather than touch & go’s) before 8 AM Monday to Friday and before 9 AM Saturday and Sunday.

4. No more than four (4) aircraft conducting repetitive flight training operations in the traffic pattern at any time.

  Flight Track Monitoring

The airport uses the Virtower system to monitor flight operations. FAR 91.225(f) requires ADS-B to be operated at all times if the aircraft is ADS-B equipped.

  HAI Fly Neighborly Procedures

All Aircraft Categories

Fly Neighborly (https://rotor.org/fly-neighborly/) is a voluntary noise reduction program that seeks to create better relationships between communities and helicopter operators by establishing noise mitigation techniques and increasing effective communication.

Why Flying Neighborly Is Important

Environmental issues are the forefront of every business today, and the helicopter industry is no exception. We all want peace and quiet at home and in our neighborhoods. Safety is always at the forefront of a helicopter pilot’s mind; but “flying neighborly” is also a concern and the key to improving public perception and fostering community acceptance of helicopters.

  Airport Contact Info

Phone: 928-340-2722
Noise Hotline: 928-340-2722
Email: airport.noise@cottonwoodaz.gov
Web Address: https://cottonwoodaz.gov/369/Airport
Address: Cottonwood Municipal Airport
1001 W Mingus Ave
Cottonwood Arizona 86326

  NBAA Procedures

  AOPA Noise Awareness Steps

Following are some general guidelines and techniques to minimize the noise impact produced by aircraft operating near the ground.

1. If practical, avoid noise-sensitive areas such as residential areas, open-air assemblies (e.g. sporting events and concerts), and national park areas. Make every effort to fly at or above 2,000 feet over the surface of such areas when overflight cannot be avoided.

2. Consider using a reduced power setting if flight must be low because of cloud cover or overlying controlled airspace or when approaching the airport of destination. Propellers generate more noise than engines; flying with the lowest practical rpm setting will reduce the aircraft's noise level substantially.

3. Perform stalls, spins, and other practice maneuvers over uninhabited terrain.

4. Many airports have established specific noise abatement procedures. Familiarize yourself and comply with these procedures.

5. To contain aircraft noise within airport boundaries, avoid performing engine runups at the ends of runways near housing developments. Instead, select a location for engine runup closer to the center of the field.

6. On takeoff, gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety. Begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.

7. Retract the landing gear either as soon as a landing straight ahead on the runway can no longer be accomplished or as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb. If practical, maintain best-angle-of-climb airspeed until reaching 50 feet or an altitude that provides clearance from terrain or obstacles. Then accelerate to best-rate-of-climb airspeed. If consistent with safety, make the first power reduction at 500 feet.

8. Fly a tight landing pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible. Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.

9. If a VASI or other visual approach guidance system is available, use it. These devices will indicate a safe glidepath and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.

10. If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final. This practice not only provides a quieter approach, but also reduces stress on the engine and propeller governor.

11. Avoid low-level, high-power approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.

12. Flying between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. should be avoided whenever possible. (Most aircraft noise complaints are registered by residents whose sleep has been disturbed by noisy, low-flying aircraft.)

Note: These recommendations are general in nature; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. No noise reduction procedure should be allowed to compromise safety.

Temporary Information (None)


Mandatory Restrictions (None)


Curfews (None)


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Preferential Instrument Procedures (None)


Reverse Thrust (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

APU Use (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Engine Runup (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Community Groups/Info (None)


Stage II (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Stage III (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Noise Ordinance (None)


Noise Monitoring (None)


Prior Permission (PPR) Operations (None)


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Airport Contact

Phone: 928-340-2722
Noise: 928-340-2722
Address: Cottonwood Municipal Airport
1001 W Mingus Ave
Cottonwood Arizona 86326

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Airport Data

Elevation: 3,560 ft
City: Cottonwood, Arizona, United States
Sectional Chart: Phoenix
Flight Service: Prescott FSS
Wind Indicator: Yes
Fuel: 100LL