Notice Number: NOTC3729
TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – May 2012 –
There have been several incidents where incoming aircraft were aligned with the wrong runway; 29L or 29R and even Taxiway Alpha.
Runway 29R is being confused for runway 29L due to the recent resurfacing of Taxiway A.
From a distance, while on left base to final and on final, Taxiway Alpha appears to be a runway. Taxiway Alpha’s length and the new Taxiway Golf give it the appearance of being Runway 29R. Pilots are confusing 29R for 29L, and making approaches and landing on the wrong runway.
Vigilance is required for operations both day and night. It would be prudent in the best interest of safety to familiarize yourself with the airport environment.
To assist in finding Runway 29L, pilots should look for a threshold to the left of and approximately 2,500 feet past Runway 29R threshold and with bunkers with white/light gray roofs leading up to the threshold of Runway 29L.