Airport Operations

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Aircraft Operations 

Safe and efficient flow of air traffic, both on the ground and in the air, is provided by the FAA. Air traffic controllers, administrative staff and facilities and equipment maintenance personnel assigned to Palm Springs International Airport all contribute to the local economy.

Palm Springs Approach Control also provides radar service to pilots operating from Bermuda Dunes and Thermal airports. Installation of a microwave landing system by the FAA is scheduled for the airport to further enhance the airport's ability to handle future activity and growth.

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is required to keep its Airport Master Record (FAA Form 5010) updated with the FAA.  Clicking on the attached link will direct you to the website (FAA’s contractor) to view all Airport Master Records.  Type “PSP” in the ‘(Location Identifier Only)’ or Palm Springs, then click on SEARCH to view PSP’s Airport Master Record.

Noise Complaints

The Palm Springs International Airport has established a noise complaint hotline in order to maintain a database of information tracking noise concerns. The telephone number for the Noise Complaint Line is (760) 318-3800 ext. 5276. When calling this number please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and the date and time of the event. Also, please include the type of aircraft, color of aircraft, the number of engines and tail number of the aircraft, if possible.

Several calls to the Palm Springs International Airport regarding noise issues have been generated by aircraft not utilizing our facility. A number of these events are produced by medical evacuation flights traversing to and from the Desert Regional Medical Center. Please call the hospital at 323-6524 when there appears to be helicopter traffic producing excessive noise in the area of Indian Canyon and Tachevah.

Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting

State-of-the-art aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) equipment, modern facilities and skilled firefighters provide a safe environment for conducting air transportation. To meet FAR Part 139 requirements of an Index C Airport, PSP has at its disposal 3 ARFF vehicles: 2 Oshkosh STI-1500's and 1 Oshkosh STI-3000 with snozzle. The airport employs City of Palm Springs fire department staff, supporting all personnel and operating cost from revenues generated through aviation activities.

ARFF personnel provide more than rescue operations. All firefighters are trained emergency medical technicians who provide quick response to on-airport medical emergencies.