On Aug 10 and Aug 15, representatives of the CABA, including Chairwoman Kandi Spangler, took part in conference calls with the FAA’s Denver Metroplex Team to work through several outstanding items pertaining to the new arrival procedures for Denver’s satellite airports.
Several of the improvements included higher arrival altitudes, fewer or faster speed restrictions, and increased coverage within Denver’s Class B boundary. In some cases, waypoints were also moved to accommodate local airport traffic and even skydiving activity at Longmont Airport in order to streamline approach routes.
“Overall, I have been quite pleased with the FAA’s willingness to work with us over the past year on the redesign project,” stated Spangler, who has relied heavily upon operator input during the association’s involvement in the project. “It’s unfortunate we were not invited to the table early on in the initial design phase so our ability to address larger issues had passed, but we are pleased with the incremental changes we were able to accomplish working with the FAA later in the process; all of which will have a positive impact on the business aviation community - both here in Denver and for transient traffic as well.”
The Denver Metroplex Project now heads into an Environmental Assessment phase scheduled for spring of 2018, during which they will assess environmental impacts such as noise, air pollution, and other factors. At that time, the FAA also plans to hold public workshops where they will present the proposed procedures.
Representatives from CABA will continue to stay involved in this project and keep our members informed of any updates.
FMI on Denver Metroplex, visit: http://metroplexenvironmental.com/denver_metroplex/denver_introduction.html
FMI on FAA Order 1050.1F-Environmental Assessment Process, visit: https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/FAA_Order_1050_1F.pdf