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Officials host roundtable to discuss noise issues at Centennial Airport

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Mar 06, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-07 00:57:11-05

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that a roundtable was held Wednesday evening to discuss noise issues at Centennial Airport. A previous version of this article stated a Part 150 Noise Study would be released on Wednesday, but the full report may not be published for some time. We've reached out to Centennial Airport for further clarification.

Officials are set to discuss the work being done to address noise issues stemming from Centennial Airport during a roundtable meeting on Wednesday.

The airport is currently conducting a Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study. According to airport officials, the study "is a voluntary FAA program that sets guidelines for airport operators to document aircraft noise exposure, and to establish noise abatement and compatible land use programs."

Centennial Airport completed a Part 150 Noise Study in 2008. That study resulted in 12 recommendations:

  • Ban Stage 1 aircraft
  • Ban Stage 2 jet aircraft under 75,000 lbs. at night
  • Implement-010 degree departure heading for business jets at night
  • Test 24-hours of Flight Tracks between 350 and 010-degree headings
  • Eliminate preferential runway use procedure
  • Implement 170 degree departure to 4 DME or 8,000 MSL (+/- 20 degrees)
  • Amend community plans and zoning ordinances
  • Update and establish environmental/noise abatement liaison/office
  • Install noise monitoring system and develop a program
  • Development/implementation of the Fly Quiet Program
  • Operations review and Part 150 Updates
  • Establish follow-up roundtable / committee.

The airport is one of the busiest in the nation for general aviation. Centennial Airport's CEO Mike Fronapfel explained that with an uptick in training, especially this summer, it's resulted in at least a 50% increase in overflights in communities north and west of the airport. The noise complaints from nearby residents began ramping up at that time.

In January, a majority of complaints came from Greenwood Village and unincorporated Arapahoe County. Sixty-four percent of those complaints stemmed from training flights that happened between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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Community members are invited to join Wednesday’s meeting virtually or in person. You can register on the Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable website. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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