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Aircraft Noise

Aircraft Noise

The Boulder Municipal Airport has a voluntary noise abatement program. Noise abatement procedures are designed to minimize the level of aircraft noise near residential areas, while ensuring the safe flight operations. Pilots are asked to be aware of noise-sensitive neighborhoods and to follow the voluntary noise abatement procedures during the flight operation. Airport Noise Complaint Form

Boulder Municipal Airport Noise Abatement Procedures

  1. All traffic pattern entries should be conducted in conformity with the City of Boulder Airport Noise Abatement procedures.
  2. All aircraft should be flown at or above 7,500 feet mean sea level (MSL) over noise-sensitive areas (outside of the traffic pattern) and at reduced power settings. Avoid these areas when possible.
  3. All downwind legs should be over Jay Road, and base legs should be east of 30th Street for landings on Runway 8.
  4. Operate aircraft at the most reduced power settings (that are safely possible) in the airport traffic pattern or while entering the pattern. This reduces the number of extended final approaches.
  5. Climb to at least 500 feet above ground level (AGL) after takeoff before turning crosswind. All Runway 8 departures should be straight out to the east. Avoid the Gunbarrel area on departure.
  6. Use Runway 8 for most operations (except night landings) and when the wind is less than five knots from the west and expected to remain at less than five knots.
  7. Avoid making touch-and-go landings at the Boulder Municipal Airport before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  8. Avoid flight operations between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. For early morning departures (before 7 a.m.), please depart straight out to the east and reduce power settings, consistent with safe operating procedures.
  9. Straight-in approaches to Runway 26 are recommended for night landings (wind and weather permitting).
  10. Do not fly over the raptor nesting areas of the Flatirons (mountains southwest of town) from Feb. 1 through July 31. This is a protected area for peregrine falcons.

Use good discretion and always maintain safe operating procedures!

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Denver International Airport (DIA) Flights Over South Boulder

FAA Airspace Workshops in Denver

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held 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 and Greeley-Weld County Airport. It is one of 12 Metroplex projects nationwide.

The community feedback the FAA received 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.

Environmental Process

Before the FAA can implement any new procedures, Federal law and FAA policy require the FAA to conduct environmental reviews. These reviews will lead to an Environmental Assessment (EA) expected to be finalized in late 2018.

As part of this EA review, the FAA will hold a series of community meetings in 2018 in which comments on the draft EA are welcome.

The FAA will review all EA comments before making a final determination.


To learn more about the project and upcoming EA meetings, please visit:

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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.

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

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

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