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Airport Traffic Pattern

Airport Traffic Pattern

General Approach and Landing, Departure, and Pattern Procedures - Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Only

Please comply with the procedures listed below, unless required otherwise by Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), weather conditions or aircraft limitations.

General Guidelines

  • Avoid flying over areas that are shaded red on the noise abatement map pdf. If you must fly over red-shaded areas, maintain 7,500 feet mean sea level (MSL) or higher.
  • Avoid high rotations-per-minute propeller settings.
  • Watch out for heavy glider operations on the parallel grass runway. The glider traffic pattern is an inside power pattern for Runways 8 and 26.
  • Crosswind entries are discouraged.
  • All downwind legs should be flown south of Jay Road.
  • Frequent "no radio" operations.
  • Traffic pattern altitude is 6,300 feet MSL.
  • Use Runway 8 in calm wind conditions and Runway 26 in west wind only.

Note: Aircraft approaching at over 100 knots Indicated Air Speed cannot comply with these procedures.

Runway 8 - Preferred for All Light Wind Conditions

  • Approach and Landing
    • 6,300 feet MSL or 1,012 feet above ground level (AGL).
    • No straight in or base entries to Runway 8.
    • No approaches west of 28th Street.
    • Avoid flying west of 30th Street.
    • Fly close, steep approach (avoid "dragging it in").
  • Departure
    • Left-hand traffic.
    • 6,300 feet MSL or 1,012 feet AGL.
    • No turns below 5,800 feet MSL (closed traffic).
    • Depart straight out.

Runway 26 - West Wind Only

  • Approach and Landing
    • Caution - Expect severe turbulence and down drafts on the short final approach during strong west winds.
    • 6,300 feet MSL or 1,012 feet AGL.
    • Severe turbulence and vertical currents are possible west of airport.
  • Departure
    • Right-hand traffic.
    • 6,300 feet MSL or 1,012 feet AGL.
    • No straight out departures.
    • Caution - Expect severe turbulence, vertical currents and wind shear during strong west winds.
    • Crosswind leg east of 30th Street.

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Aircraft Noise

The BMA has a voluntary noise abatement program. Noise abatement procedures are designed to minimize the level of aircraft noise.

Leasing Information

The airport has 80 t-hangars grouped into three categories based on their amenities. To check availability, call Airport Administration.

Business Directory

Boulder Municipal Airport is a General Aviation airport and does not have commercial airline service.

Facility Specifications

Boulder Municipal Airport Facility Specifications. Includes FAA Identifier, Airport Operations, Airport Communications and Runway Info.

Airport Traffic Pattern

General Approach and Landing, Departure, and Pattern Procedures - Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only.

Airport Master Plan

The goals and vision outlined in the Airport Master Plan attempt to provide a safe, self-sufficient and community-oriented general aviation

Airport Day

Airport Day is a free family event on Father's Day weekend every other year featuring a variety of gliders, helicopters and other aircraft.

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