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Master Plan

Updated approximately every five to seven years, the Ryan Master Plan is a 20-year blueprint that responds to future airport demand by guiding the timely development of new or expanded facilities. The Plan is used to evaluate the airport's capabilities, infrastructure needs and role in the economy in relationship to forecasted aviation activity. The Plan also provides recommendations for ensuring compatible land uses surrounding the airport.

Ryan Airfield is a general aviation airport located approximately 12 miles west of Tucson International Airport (TIA). It was created during World War II as a pilot training base. Ryan graduated 6,000 pilots in two years before it closed its school in 1944. Ownership of the airfield was transferred by the federal government to the State of Arizona in 1948, and in 1951 the State executed a lease agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) to manage the airfield. Ownership of the land was transferred by the State to the City of Tucson in 1960 along with the lease with the TAA.

Ryan Airfield Master Plan Update

Table of Contents


Chapter 1, Inventory

Chapter 2, Forecasts

Chapter 3, Facility Requirements

Chapter 4, Airport Development Alternatives

Chapter 5, Airport Plans
   Revised Land Use Map

Chapter 6, Capital Improvement Program

Appendix A, Glossary of Terms

Appendix B, Environmental Overview

Appendix C, Inventory
   Revised Exhibit C14 - Existing and Future Helicopter Tracks with
   Existing Land Use

Appendix D, Utilities