Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority Staff


Administrative Staff

General Manager:  Deborah Abingdon


Business Manager: Nelson Durkee


Phone: 928-282-4487 • Fax: 928-204-1292

Red Rock Aviation Staff

Sedona Airport has one full service FBO – Red Rock Aviation


Phone: 928-282-1046 • Fax: 928-282-3911

Sedona Airport Board of Directors


The board of directors (7) are elected for five year terms of service with a 10 year maximum of time to be on the board.

Board President: Harold Idell
Board Vice-President: Pam Fazzini
Board Secretary/Treasurer:
Director: Steve Hein
Director: Allyson Thorn
Director: David Cooper
Director: Jon Davis
Director: Scott Schroeder

Sedona Airport is managed by Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The airport property (260 acres known as Tablerock Mountain) is owned by Yavapai County having acquired it for the specific purpose of it being a public use airport into perpetuity. Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority has a long term contract to manage the airport for the public good. (Current agreement ends in 2050)

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Sedona Airport Master Plan

Sedona Airport Master Plan – 2015

Preface: Sedona Airport, like any of the other hundreds-thousands of airports in America are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to update their “master plan” every 20 years. The airport is currently involved in this process which should be completed sometime in 2015. The following is the introduction and explanation of it’s scope and purpose as provided by the initial document; Sedona Airport – Airport Master Plan.AirportMasterPlan

The Airport Master Plan is being undertaken to evaluate Sedona Airport’s (SEZ or Airport) capabilities and role, to forecast future aviation demand, and to plan for the timely development of new or improved facilities that may be required to meet that demand. The ultimate goal of the Master Plan is to provide systematic guidelines for the airport’s overall maintenance, development, and operation.

The Master Plan is intended to be a proactive document which identifies and then plans for future facility needs well in advance of the actual need. This is done to ensure that Yavapai County and the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority (SOCAA) can coordinate project approvals, design, financing, and construction in a timely manner, prior to experiencing the detrimental effects of deteriorating or inadequate facilities.

An important result or the Master Plan is reserving sufficient areas for future facility needs. This protects development areas and ensures they will be readily available when required to meet future needs. The intended result is a detailed on-airport land use concept which outlines specific uses for all areas of Airport property, including strategies for revenue enhancement.

The preparation of this Master Plan is evidence that Yavapai County recognizes the importance of the Airport to the surrounding area and the associated challenges inherent in providing for its unique operating and improvement needs. The cost of maintaining an airport is an investment which yields impressive benefits to the local community and County.

With a sound and realistic Master Plan, Sedona Airport can maintain its role as an important link to the national air transportation system for the community and maintain the public and private investments in its facilities.


The primary objective of the Sedona Airport Master Plan is to develop and maintain a financially feasible, long term development program, which will satisfy aviation demand; be compatible with community development, other transportation modes, and the environment; and enhance employment and revenue for the City of Sedona and surrounding areas.

The most recent planning effort for the Airport was the completion of the Airport Master Plan in December 1999. The Airport’s Airport Layout Plan (ALP) has been updated or modified periodically since 1999; the most recent modification was the addition of the Taxiway A extension in December 2007.

This Master Plan is intended to provide guidance through an updated capital improvement and financial program to demonstrate the future investments required by the County. The new planning study also provides justification for new priorities. The plan will be closely coordinated with other planning studies in the area and with aviation plans developed by the FAA and the State of Arizona.

Specific objectives of the study include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Examine the projected aviation demand and identify the facilities necessary to accommodate the demand.

• Determine projected needs of airport users over the next 20 years, by which to support airport development alternatives.

• Recommend improvements which enhance the airport’s safety and capacity to the maximum extent possible.

• Establish a schedule of development priorities and a program for the proposed improvements. 

• Prioritize the Airport Capital Improvement Program (ACIP)

• Prepare a new Airport Layout Plan in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Arizona Department of Transportation – Multimodal Planning Division – Aeronautics Group (ADOT-MPD- Aeronautics guidelines. 

Develop active and productive public involvement throughout the planning process.


The Master Plan will accomplish the above objectives by carrying out the following:

• Determine projected needs of airport users through the year 2033.

• Analyze socioeconomic factors likely to affect air transportation demand in the Airport’s service area, including regional factors.

• Identify potential existing and future land acquisition needs.

• Evaluate future airport facility development alternatives, which will optimize undeveloped Airport property to promote capacity and aircraft safety.

• Develop a realistic, commonsense plan for the use and improvement of the Airport.

• Present environmental considerations associated with any recommended development alternatives.

• Establish a schedule of development priorities and a program for improvements

• Produce current and accurate base maps and ALP drawings.

• Coordinate this Master Plan with local, regional, state, and federal agencies.

• Prepare this Master Plan under guidelines established by the FA A and ADOT.


While the ultimate recommendations of this Master Plan have yet to be determined, a study such as this typically requires several baseline assumptions that will be used throughout this analysis. The baseline assumptions for this study are as follows:

• Sedona Airport will continue to operate as a general aviation airport through the 20-year planning period.

• Sedona Airport will continue to accommodate general aviation tenants, transient and aerial tour operations.

The general aviation industry will continue to grow through the planning period Specifics of the projected growth in the national general aviation industry are contained in Chaper Two – Aviation Demand Forecasts.

• The socioeconomic characteristics of the region will remain as forecast.

• Both a federal grant program and a state grant program will be in place through the planning period to assist In Funding future capital development needs.


The Sedona Airport Master Plan is being prepared in a systematic fashion following FAA guidelines and industry-accepted principles and practices, as shown on Exhibit IA. The Master Plan has six chapters that are intended to assist in the evaluation of future facility needs and provide the supporting rationale for their implementation.

Chapter One – Inventory summarizes the inventory efforts. The inventory efforts are focused on collecting and assembling relevant data pertaining to the Airport and the area it serves. Information is collected on existing Airport facilities and operations. Local economic and demographic data is collected to define the local growth trends and information is gathered to identify potential environmental sensitivities that might affect future improvements. Planning studies which may have relevance to the Master Plan are also collected.

Chapter Two – Forecasts examines the potential aviation demand at the Airport. The analysis utilizes local socioeconomic information, as well as national air transportation trends to quantify the levels of aviation activity which can reasonably be expected to occur at Sedona Airport through the year 2033. The results of this effort are used to determine the types and sizes of facilities which will be required to meet the projected aviation demand at the Airport through the planning period.

Chapter Three – Facility Requirements comprises the demand capacity and facility re quirements analyses. The intent of this analysis is to compare the existing facility capacities to forecast aviation demand and determine where deficiencies in capacities (as well as excess capacities) may exist. Where deficiencies are identified, the size and type of new facilities to accommodate the demand are identified. The airfield analysis focuses on improvements needed to safely serve the type of aircraft expected to operate at the Airport in the future, as well as navigational aids to increase the safety and efficiency of operations. This element also examines the general aviation terminal, hangar, apron, and support needs.

Chapter Four – Airport Alternatives considers a variety of solutions to accommodate the projected facility needs. This element proposes various facility and site plan configurations which can meet the projected facility needs. An analysis is completed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each proposed development alternative, with the intention of determining a single direction for development.

Chapter Five – Recommended Master Plan Concept provides both a graphic and narrative description of the recommended plan for the use, development, and operation of the Airport. An environmental overview is provided at the end of this chapter to analyze potential environmental impacts of proposed airport development projects.

Chapter Six – Capital Improvement Program provides a proposed capital needs program which defines the schedules, costs, and funding sources for the recommended development projects.

The official ALP drawings that are produced as a result of the recommended Master PlanConcept and used by the FAA and ADOT-MPD – Aeronautics Group in determining grant eligibility and funding are included as an appendix to the Master Plan.


The Sedona Airport Master Plan is of interest to many within the local community and County. This includes local citizens, local businesses, community organizations, County officials, Airport users, Airport tenants, and aviation organizations. As a component of the regional, state, and national aviation systems, Sedona Airport is of importance to both state and federal agencies responsible for overseeing the air transportation system.

To assist in the development of the Master Plan, Yavapai County identified a group of government representatives, Airport users and tenants, the military, and local community representatives to act in an advisory role in the development of the Master Plan. Members of this Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) will meet at designated times during the study to review phase reports and provide comments to help ensure that a realistic, viable plan is developed.

To assist in the review process, draft phase reports will be prepared at various milestones m the planning process. The phase report process allows for timely input and review during each step within the Master Plan to ensure that all issues are fully addressed as the recommended program develops.

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