Major Air Traffic Routes over Tempe


The airspace over the City of Tempe is used by airlines to depart and approach the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The implementation of RNAV/RNP (Performance Based Area Navigation) arrival routes at the airport made improvements to airline navigation accuracy and fuel burn, but also enabled improved flow of incoming aircraft that end in two parallel arrival paths over North Tempe.9_18_2014 East Arrival Routes

Inside Tempe boundaries the RNAV/RNP routes are shown on the map above. The narrow flight paths stop at the point where the airlines are entering the final phase of the descent to prepare for final approaches over north Tempe when the runway traffic flows towards the west. 

Pre 9_18_2014 East Departure Routes

On September 18, 2014 the FAA turned on new PHX RNAV (Area Navigation) departure routing. The depiction above shows east flow departures on September 9, 2014.
9_18_2014 East Departure Routes

The depiction above shows east flow departures on September 18, 2014. The number of departure routes were expanded to nine. Not all aircraft are able to use the RNAV instrument flight procedures. The satellite based flight procedures adds to retained classic departure routing over ground based navigation aids.