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"The Airpark lately was described as a 'Diamond in the Rough'- I am happy to say the diamond that is the Airpark is starting to be polished."

- Jim Petty


The Pinal Airpark Airport Master Plan sets a course for improvements to the runway and taxiway system and options for land use and facility development or redevelopment with goals for short-, intermediate-and long-term investment over the next 20 years. Coming improvements at the airpark will not only enhance the aviation experience, but will increase the facility’s current contribution to a statewide aerospace industry that contributes more than $20 billion to the economy each year.


Amid a global crisis that has practically reduced global travel to a skeleton of what it once was, a small, single-runway airpark smack-dab in the middle of the Arizona desert is an unlikely portrait of productivity. Pinal Airpark, situated along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson, in Marana, Ariz. has only one runway measuring at 6,849 feet, yet it is home to airline fleets of all aircraft types, both large and small


The future looks a little brighter for the Apache attack helicopters flown by the Arizona Army National Guard at the sprawling Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana.


Things are starting to get crowded at one of the world’s largest parking lots for idle airliners, just outside of Marana. As of Monday, 268 aircraft were sitting in storage at Pinal Airpark, where several major carriers have been sending the unused portions of their fleets to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. That’s one of the highest totals ever at the commercial maintenance and storage operation 30 miles northwest of Tucson.


Growing demand for new aircraft and new aviation technologies are boosting employment opportunities in Southern Arizona.

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