February 28 -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold 12 public information workshops in April and May 2017 on proposed airspace improvements in the Denver Metro Area.
The improvements are part of the Denver Metroplex project, which proposes to use streamlined satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the Metro Area. Existing air routes may be modified with new satellite-based routes.
Satellite technology enables the FAA to create more direct air routes as well as routes that are automatically separated from one another. It also enables the FAA to build highly efficient climbs and descents into departure and arrival routes, which has yielded significant environmental benefits in a number of locations throughout the country.
The Denver Metroplex project includes Denver International Airport, Centennial Airport, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Buckley Air Force Base, Northern Colorado Regional Airport, Front Range Airport, Vance Brand Municipal Airport and Greeley-Weld County Airport. It is one of 12 Metroplex projects nationwide.
All of the upcoming workshops will occur in the evenings. The FAA is holding the workshops in an Open House format, so people can attend any time during the publicized time range to learn about the proposed improvements.
FAA representatives will provide information on the project and be available to answer questions, one-on -one. The preliminary route designs also will be displayed on poster boards and iPads.
Free parking, street parking, or paid parking will be available at all locations. The FAA will make Spanish interpreters available if city officials request them at least one week prior to the event.
The community feedback the FAA receives from these workshops will help the agency determine whether it should make changes to the preliminary designs before beginning the project’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA).
When the FAA completes the Draft EA, it will hold additional public workshops where people can review and comment on the proposed route designs analyzed in that document. These public workshops are expected to take place in 2018.
The workshops will be held on the following dates:
Monday, April 3, 6-8:30 p.m.: Front Range Airport, Executive FBO Training Room, 37501 Cessna Way, Watkins, CO 80137
Tuesday, April 4, 6-8:30 p.m.: Aurora Municipal Building Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012
Wednesday, April 5, 6-8:30 p.m.: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers Street, Erie, CO 80516
Thursday, April 6, 5-7:30 p.m.: Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center, Community Room B, 4890 N. Argonne Way, Denver CO 80249
Monday, April 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Boulder Library Main Branch, Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80301
Tuesday, April 18, 6-8:30 p.m.: City of Greenwood Village, City Hall Community Room, 6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Wednesday, April 19, 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Douglas County Library, Parker Branch Event Hall A, 20105 East Main Street, Parker, CO 80138
Thursday, April 20, 6-8:30 p.m.: Chatfield Senior HS, Commons Area, 7227 South Simms Street, Littleton, CO 80127
Monday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Tivoli Student Union, Baerresen Ballroom, Room 320, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Tuesday, May 2, 6-8:30 p.m.: Rocky Mtn. Metro Airport, Mt. Evans Conference Room, 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, CO 80021
Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Stuart Middle School, Cafetorium, 15955 E. 101st Way, Commerce City, CO 80022
Thursday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Northern Colorado Regional Airport, Administrative Offices, 4900 Earhart Road, Loveland CO 80538
To learn more about the project, please visit: http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/denver_metroplex/denver_introduction.htmlhttps://www.faa.gov/nextgen/communityengagement/den/