Community FAQ's

Q:
Why do the airplanes sometimes fly so low?
A:
Instrument Landings

When the sky is cloudy, pilots use instruments in the cockpit and on the ground to navigate the airplane. Wiley Post Airport has several runways equipped with navigational instruments (also known as instrument approaches) that assist the pilot in guiding the airplane down a pre-charted approach path so that he/she can make a safe landing. On cloudy days, the airplanes will fly lower than usual in order to utilize the instrument approach.

Q:
Why do I hear "popping" noises coming from the airport?
A:
Air Cannons

At Wiley Post Airport we use compressed air cannons that create a loud popping noise to discourage wildlife from migrating to the vicinity of the airfield. The cannons are not dangerous to humans or wildlife.  Operated by a timer, the cannons are only activated during daytime hours.  In the event that you hear the cannons at night please call airport administration at 316-4061, so that we can correct the problem.

Q:
Why do airplanes circle over my house?
A:
Student Pilots

When students are learning to fly they are required to take the airplane through a series of maneuvers in order to demonstrate proficiency on their flight test. These maneuvers require various turns to be completed while referencing a single point. Sometimes, the best point is the intersection of two, county-mile sections. If you live near a mile section intersection, it could be that the aircraft is using the intersection as a reference to practice the maneuvers that will be required on the test.

Q:
What are the big orange towers south of 50th Street?
A:
Medium-intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicator Lights (MALSR)

These lights are used in conjunction with an instrument approach to assist the pilot in visually identifying the runway and aligning the aircraft properly for landing.

Q:
Who do I call if I have a problem
A:
Airport Administration 405.316.4061