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Runway Closure and Airfield Maintenance

~ Tuesday, May 11th, 2010, starting at 6:00 am, Runway 11R/29L will be closed in order to complete crack sealing. The Runway will reopen no later than 4:00 pm.

~ Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, throughout the day crack sealing will take place on Taxiway Charlie as well as the west half of Taxiway Delta. The east half of Taxiway Delta will remain available for helicopter operations.

~ Thursday, May 13th, 2010, throughout the day crack sealing will take place on the ramp space located between Taxiway Connectors Bravo 1 and Alpha 8 as well as on the east half of Taxiway Delta. The west half of Taxiway Delta will remain available for helicopter operations.

Please use caution for personnel and equipment operating during these times. This project is weather pending. Please check NOTAM’s for any current information. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Airport Operations at (720) 352-0395.


Runway Closures

~ Due to high winds, Runway 11L/29R will now be closed Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 from 4:00 am through 7:00 am, in order to complete crack sealing.

~ Runway 11R/29L will be closed Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 from 8:00 am through 2:00 pm, in order to complete necessary work for the new ATCT.

These closures are weather pending. Please check NOTAM’s for any current information. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Airport Operations at (720) 352-0395.


Crack Seal Project – Runway/Taxiway Closures

~ Monday, May 3rd, 2010 starting at 4:00 am, Runway 11L/29R will be closed for the day and will reopen no later than 6:00 pm.

~ Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, starting at 4:00 am, Runway 11L/29R will be closed for the day and will reopen no later than 6:00 pm.

~ Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, portions of Taxiway Alpha will be closed throughout the day, however this will not interrupt access to Runway 11L/29R or 11R/29L.

These closures are necessary in order to complete crack sealing of specified airport surfaces. Please check ATIS at frequency 126.25 prior to taxiing. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Airport Operations at (720) 352-0395.



The snow removal team at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport has received an honorable mention in the category of large general aviation airport for the Balchen/Post award. Six Balchen/Post awards are presented annually to the employees of airports who have demonstrated excellence in the performance of snow and ice control. The award is named for two gentlemen, Col. Bernt Balchen and Wilfred M. “Wiley” Post, who founded the International Aviation Snow Symposium.

Some statistics from the 2009-2010 snow season:

  • ~ Number of times the Airport was NOTAM’d closed due to snow or ice: None
  • ~ Total snowfall: 64.2 inches
  • ~ Average annual snowfall at Airport (1971-2000): 61.7 inches
  • ~ Heaviest single snowfall: 22 inches from October 28th to October 30th, 2009
  • ~ Number of snowstorms in excess of 2 inches: 10
  • ~ Amount of snow equipment owned by Airport: 19 pieces

Congratulations to our snow removal team for their outstanding performance and dedication this season. Thanks for all of your hard work!


Advanced Helicopter Seminars are coming to Metro Airport

Michael Franz , one of the Industry’s most experienced and respected helicopter pilot mentors, is launching his nationwide seminar series this Spring here in Denver. Proudly hosted by Colorado Heli-Ops, this weekend Seminar series provides helicopter pilots a unique opportunity to learn from an experienced mentoring CFI, who has “been there, done that.” Michael has leveraged his vast experience by making a lifetime commitment to passing that knowledge on to others to promote Helicopter Flight Safety and Pilot Employability.

Michael Franz has 42 years of flying spanning a remarkable variety of light helicopter operations including flying Hueys in Vietnam, serving as a US Army helicopter primary instructor, being one of the very first factory-designated Robinson R-22 CFI’s, and being factory trained and teaching in modern equipment such as the Bell 206L, B407 and Eurocopter EC-120. Michael has 7000+ hours of cross-country helicopter flight time encompassing almost every corner of the United States, the Caribbean, and both Eastern & Western Canada. You can get more info about Michael and his seminars from his website at:

Now, for the price of a few hours of ground school, serious helicopter pilots can gain the benefit of decades of flight experience in a single day. There will be two courses available, each lasting approximately 4 hours.

The first, an Advanced Aeronautical Decision Making Seminar, is titled: “Clarification and Enhancement of Aeronautical Knowledge” This Seminar utilizes numerous, “pop-up” scenarios to illustrate some of the challenges associated with real-world helicopter flight operations. The students will be introduced to thought processes and specific skills which they can then utilize to effectively handle flight challenging situations which they might encounter in their own professional flying. This course picks up where the traditional Commercial/CFI training leaves off. This seminar is being offered by Colorado Heli-Ops for only $99 at 0800 on either Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th at KBJC airport.

The second, an Advanced Turbine Ground Course, will combine an in-depth discussion and training on turbine helicopter operations and the Rolls-Royce C250 series gas turbine engines, with hands-on examination of multiple facets of a representative helicopter, the popular Bell 206 Jet Ranger. The Turbine seminar will be offered in the same location at 1300 on Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th and is also being offered for only $99.

Both seminars will include illustrated texts, which the attendees may keep, and pilots who elect to take both courses not only receive a $40 discount, but will be provided with lunch courtesy of Colorado Heli-Ops during the break in between classes on either day.

Attendance is limited for all classes and demand is expected to be high, so please call Colorado Heli-Ops at 303-466-4354 to reserve your spot for these fantastic learning opportunities. You can also send us an email at ;

You can also take this opportunity to fly our FRASCA flight simulator as we will be giving away two gift certificates for one hour each on the sim… others may catch a few moments in the sim during the breaks as we’ll have a specialists on duty the whole weekend.

Please visit our website and down load the pdf of our recent article in Vertical Magazine to find out more about our goals to be a part of the solution…. To help make our industry the best that we can…

We also expect a couple of surprise guests, other industry leaders that you will be happy to see and get to know… Colorado Heli-Ops: In the business of making your dreams come true….


A Decade in Review

Ten years ago, we welcomed the new millennium and since have witnessed many changes at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. To ring in 2010 and look to what the future will bring, let’s review the changes the airport has undergone this past decade.

In 2002, the first major project of the decade was the addition of the Wildlife Fence which completely encloses the airport. This fence is eight feet high and has been very effective in controlling large and small animals from accessing the airfield. Additionally, access control gates were added at various points around the terminal and hangar areas.

The safety area on Runway 11L/29R was completed in 2003. This project consisted of widening the safety area on the south end of the runway, east of Crosswind Runway 2/20, in order to meet the FAA Runway Safety Area standards.

In 2004, the airport installed an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), specifically, an AWOS III P-T. This AWOS has the following capabilities: detect wind speed, gust, direction, variable direction; temperature; dew point; altimeter setting; density altitude altitude; visibility and variable visibility; sky condition; cloud height and type; present weather; and lightning detection.

Also that year, Rocky Mountain Metro began the major undertaking of relocating Taxiway Alpha to accommodate a larger aircraft design group. The taxiway was located 250 feet from Runway 11L/29R centerline. Throughout the past six years and six phases, it was moved 400 feet from the runway centerline. The Taxiway Alpha Relocation project was completed in the summer of 2009.

Relocating Taxiway Alpha triggered other key projects at the airport. The removal of Upper Church Lake is one such project. The lake was just north of the former taxiway and needed to be drained, excavated, and refilled with other material. The elimination of Upper Church Lake not only allowed for the Taxiway Alpha relocation, but also addressed a wildlife hazard at the airport. This lake area attracted large birds and other animals hazardous to aviation and was in very close proximity to the approach end of Runway 29R.

In addition to the removal of Upper Church Lake, the Taxiway Alpha relocation generated another necessary project. A retaining wall on the approach end of Runway 11L along Highway 128, on the northwest side of the airfield, was required for the final construction phase of the Taxiway Alpha relocation. The retaining wall supports the 37,000 square foot run-up area as well as the final 1,000 feet of Taxiway Alpha. The wall was constructed in two tiers, with the lower tier standing 55 feet high and 675 feet long, and the upper wall is 15 feet high and 675 feet long. The Rocky Mountain Metro Airport logo can be viewed on the lower tier of the wall when traveling on Highway 128 or flying in the airport pattern.

Half a century ago the airport opened as Jefferson County Airport, or more commonly known as Jeffco Airport. On October 10, 2006, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners announced that the airport name would be changing to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. The airport had outgrown the name Jeffco Airport as the commissioners felt it projected an image of a small, remote, regional airport. The new name increases awareness that the airport is located between Boulder and Denver on U.S. Highway 36; close to the mountains, yet 20 minutes from downtown. The goal was to increase market awareness that Rocky Mountain Metro Airport is a significant contributor to the local economy and has grown exponentially with over 40 businesses on the airport and nearly 400 based aircraft.

Also in 2006, a new general aviation parking apron was completed on the northeast corner of the airfield. This new apron was another needed project as a result of the relocation of Taxiway Alpha. When the taxiway was moved to 400 feet from the Runway 11L/29R centerline, portions of the existing aircraft parking aprons were eliminated. In order to recover the lost aircraft parking sections, the Northeast Aircraft Parking Apron was constructed. Additionally during that time, all other ramps on the airport were rehabilitated.

A centralized fuel location was identified as a need at Rocky Mountain Metro and in 2007, was constructed on the northeast portion of the airport. Since the inception of the fuel farm, it has become airport policy for all new lease holders to store all bulk fuel in this location. This promotes a safer and more environmentally friendly setting at the airport.

In 2004, the FAA established certification requirements for airports serving scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft designed for more than 9 passenger seats but less than 31 passenger seats. This certification is Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 139. Airport Operating Certificates serve to ensure safety in air transportation. To obtain a certificate, an airport must agree to certain operational and safety standards and provide for such items as firefighting and rescue equipment. Rocky Mountain Metro Airport obtained the 14 CFR, Part 139 Certification in 2008 to allow for additional growth opportunities and further demonstrate the airport’s commitment to safety.

The year 2008 also brought considerable change to the northeast portion of the airport. The Northeast Grading Project entailed raising the land next to the northeast apron area to be level with the airfield. Approximately 675,000 cubic yards of soil has been relocated, which will permit aviation development next to the new northeast apron and just east of the existing corporate hangars along Metro Airport Avenue. The soil was borrowed from the site at the corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and Metro Airport Avenue, which created a new elevation level with the intersection allowing for future non-aviation development.

As we look to the next decade, the Airport Master Plan Update is one of this year’s most exciting projects. An airport master plan is essential in the ongoing process of developing the airport. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport has not had a master plan completed since 2000 and utilized 1999 information which does not reflect the changes the airport has undergone in the past few years. A typical master plan outlines 20 years of development, however, the airport has changed a great deal over the past decade and the current master plan no longer provides the necessary vision to continue airport development.

The construction of the new air traffic control tower continues to progress. The tower is expected to be completed in the summer of 2010 and operational in the months following the completion.

This spring there will be a new road at the airport. Rocky Road will be paved and opened to provide access from Metro Airport Avenue to the fuel farm.

The airport is also performing an Environmental Assessment to ascertain what conditions will exist for the Runway 11L Safety Area to be in compliance. Additionally this year, a Wildlife Hazard Assessment will be conducted to satisfy the 14 CFR, Part 139 requirement and further promote a safe atmosphere for aircraft and animals.

Looking farther into the future, the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport is hoping to make projects such as asphalt overlays on all three runways, a new corporate taxiway to accommodate future growth on the northeast portion of the airport, and taxiway improvements a reality as the airport continues to grow and expand through the next decade.

If you have any questions or comments concerning development at the airport, please contact the Airport Development Manager, Georgiann Briggs, at 303-271-4850.


Presidental Visit - TFR

February 18, 2010


Temporary Flight Restriction Zones Locations (Surface up to, but not including FL180)

  • •30nm TFR - Centered on DEN228012.2
  • •10nm TFR Buckley AFB - Centered on FQF266006.6
  • •10nm TFR Downtown - Centered on BJC135012.6

Time frames
  • • 30nm TFR - 1415L until 1800L
  • • 10nm TFR BKF - 1415L until 1530L
  • • 10nm TFR Downtown - 1445L until 1730L
  • • 10nm TFR BKF - 1700L until 1800L

AS PER NOTAM 10/6534

Rules for the 10NM PTFR:
  1. Only regularly scheduled Air Carrier and Air Cargo, Medical Emergency, Law Enforcement, and DOD aircraft can operate in the TFR.

Rules for the 30NM PTFR:
  1. 1. Must be squawking an ATC assigned discrete transponder code prior to operation in the 30NM PTFR.
  2. 2. Must maintain 2 way radio communication with ATC.
  3. 3. Must be on an IFR or VFR flight plan.
  4. 4. Only authorized operations are arrivals/departures to local airports in the 30NM TFR.
  5. 5. Aircraft may not loiter within the PTFR. ATC may approve transit operations on a workload permitting basis.

Prohibited Operations:
  1. 1. Aerobatics
  2. 2. Gliders/Tow Aircraft/Ultra-light
  3. 3. Flight Training (Instruction and Practice Instrument Approaches)
  4. 4. Jump planes (parachute support)
  5. 5. Crop Dusting
  6. 6. Animal Population Control Flight Operations
  7. 7. Commercial Cargo Ops that don’t meet/exceed TSA's DSIP standards
  8. 8. Banner Towing
  9. 9. Model Rocketry/Aircraft Operations
  10. 10. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Impact on IFR Pilots:
  1. 1. Must get their clearance prior to departure from an airport in 30NM PTFR - cannot pick up their clearance and squawk code airborne. Must get their clearance and squawk code prior to PTFR entry.

Impact on VFR Pilots:
  1. 1. No operations allowed in the 10NMR PTFR.
  2. 2. Only operations allowed in the 30NM PTFR are arrivals/departures to local airports and transit operations approved by ATC on a workload permitting basis.
  3. 3. Aircraft departing private strips must be on a heading away from the 10NMR PTFR.
  4. 4. Must file an IFR/VFR flight plan to enter/depart .
  5. 5. No round robin flight plans into/out of PTFR; pilot must file separate flight plans.
  6. 6. All aircraft must be squawking an ATC assigned discreet code prior to entering the 30NMR PTFR.

Flight Data / Clearance Delivery
  1. When releasing the VFR departure be sure to instruct them to depart on a heading away from the 10NM PTFR, squawking the assigned code and contacting the assigned departure frequency.

  2. Controllers should review scramble and intercept procedures. Aircraft that violate the PTFR and are determined to be a threat will be intercepted and forced down.

IBAC IS-BAO Introductory Event

Rocky Mountain Aviation Safety Roundtable presents...

IBAC IS-BAO Introductory Event

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Who, What, Why, When, and How to Implement IS-BAO and SMS

Who is affected?
What is IBAC, IS-BAO, and SMS?
What are the ICAO and State/ FAA regulatory requirements?
Why should you implement IS-BAO and SMS?
How do you get started?
How long does it take?
When do you need to do this?

These and other questions will be answered in a presentation by Kathy Perfetti, the IS-BAO Standards Manager, at this Free Event by the Rocky Mountain Aviation Safety Roundtable.

IBAC IS-BAO, Guest Speaker, and RMASRT Information

IBAC represents the interests of business, corporate and on-demand operators through its 15 member Associations(NBAA is the largest member).

The IS-BAO program is an industry code of best practices that contains a Safety Management System. It fosters standardized, safe, and highly professional aircraft operations worldwide.

Kathy Perfetti joined the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) as the Standards Manager in January 2007 where she manages the IS-BAO safety program.

Kathy came to IBAC after retiring from 33 years of federal government service-29 of which were with the Federal Aviation Administration in the field and headquarters representing both general aviation and air carrier operations. In the Kansas City and St. Louis field offices she served as an operations inspector and POI for part 135 and 121 operators, pilot schools, corporate operators and other aviation activities. In the Washington DC headquarters she held numerous staff and management positions and led major rulemaking and implementation initiatives including:

• The commuter rule which brought the commuter airlines under the part 121 air carrier rules
• Single engine IFR rules for part 135 operators
• Ground deicing international standards and guidance
• Fractional ownership rule and implementation
• The part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (to rewrite parts 125 and 135)

Kathy holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with several type ratings. She is a recipient of NBAA's Silk Scarf Award, a two time recipient of Business and Commercial Aviation's Visionary Award, and other government and industry awards. She is an honors graduate of Michigan State University. She currently lives in Fredericksburg, VA.


The Rocky Mountain Aviation Safety Roundtable (RMASRT) was created in 2008 in order to provide a confidential arena to share and learn what other Operators are doing concerning Safety and Security issues such as SMS, IS-BAO, Medical and Human Factors, Flight Operations, U.S. and International regulatory changes, and more. Members are primarily corporate, Part 91 jet Operators who own or operate registered aircraft in the Rocky Mountain region. Meetings occur 3 times per year on the 3rd Tuesday of the designated month. Please contact us for more details.

Event Details & Logistics

Kathy will be giving a modified presentation of the IBAC IS-BAO Workshop.
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010.
Time: 0900 - 1400 (lunch on-site, included; hosted by Level(3)).
Location: Level(3) Hangar, KBJC.

Hangar address is: 9666 Metro Airport Ave./ Broomfield, CO 80021/ Hangar# 39. Level(3) Office, Cheryl: 720-888-4032, or Malachi O'Neill, Mountain Aviation: 720-314-0595 for progressive directions.

Limited Space. RSVP REQUIRED.

First 30 confirmed requests will be given slot reservations.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 12, 2010, to:

Jennie Ator, Membership, RMASRT: 303-912-3171
Malachi O'Neill, Secretary, RMASRT: 720.314.0595

We look forward to hearing from you, seeing you there, and adding you to our growing list of involved Flight Departments. Thank you for your participation. -- Malachi O'Neill, on behalf of the entire RMASRT.

RMMA Santa Fly-In

Santa Claus is flying into Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport on Friday, December 4th at 6:00 pm. Come enjoy treats, seasonal music and holiday movies, while waiting to share your wish list with Santa. This event is open to the public. Admittance and parking are free, but expect a line to see the big guy. Mr. Claus will arrive via helicopter, provided by Rotors of the Rockies. All festivities will take place in the Terminal Building located at 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, CO 80021. Please call airport administration at 303-271-4850 for more information. We hope to see you there!

RMMA Update - October 6, 2009

A brief on activities at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

Airfield Maintenance – 10 Minute PPR on 11L/29R

Starting at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 7th, for approximately 2 hours there will be a 10 min PPR (prior permission request to common traffic advisory frequency 118.6) on Runway 11L/29R in order to complete airfield paint removal.

As always, check NOTAM’s for any current information. Please contact Airport Operations with any questions at 720-352-0395.


Local Runway Safety Action Team (LRSAT) Meeting

Monday, October 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Mt. Evans Room - Terminal Building

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made the reduction of Runway Incursions and Surface Incident one of its top priorities. As part of this program, BJC ATCT, in conjunction with airport authorities, is conducting a Local Runway Safety Action (LRSAT) meeting. The purpose of this LRSAT meeting is to gather the individuals who are actively engage in airside movements of aircraft and vehicles and have an open discussion on how to improve runway safety. The operation of the airport will be discussed as an overall system with input from the control tower, airport management, airport tenants and other customers. Past runway incursions and surface incidents will also be reviewed. As a result of the meeting, an Action Plan will be developed and implemented to improve operations at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

Aircraft Movement Area Not Visible From the Tower

Federal Aviation Administration
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Air Traffic Control Tower
11725 Airport Way
Broomfield, CO 80021

ISSUED: September 4, 2009
EFFECTIVE: September 4, 2009


SUBJECT: Aircraft Movement Area Not Visible From the Tower

CANCELLATION: September 4, 2011

This Letter to Airmen is to notify all pilots of aircraft at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to use caution, the following area is not visible from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Air Traffic Control Tower: Alpha 17 run up area.

Liz Meyer
Air Traffic Manager

RMMA Update - September 30, 2009

A brief on activities at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

Runway 11R/29L Closure

Starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, October 1st, Runway 11R/29L will be closed for the duration of the day in order to complete airfield maintenance.

As always, check NOTAM’s for any current information. This closure is weather pending. Please contact Airport Operations with any questions at 720-352-0395.


RMMA Update - September 24, 2009

A brief on activities at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

Runway Closures due to Mowing Operations

Starting at 10:00 pm through 6:00 am on Sunday, September 27th, Runway 11L/29R will be closed in order to complete mowing operations. Please use caution for personnel and equipment operating adjacent to Taxiway Alpha during this time.

Starting at 10:00 pm through 6:00 am on Monday, September 28th, runway 11R/29L will be closed in order to complete mowing operations. Please use caution for personnel and equipment operating adjacent to Taxiway Delta during this time.

As always, check NOTAM’s for any current information during these times. These closures are weather pending. Please contact Jeff Dewey with any questions at 303-271-4850.


Notice of Airport Master Plan Update Public Information Workshop

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Mt. Evans Room at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

Interested citizens are invited to a meeting concerning the update of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport’s Master Plan. The meeting will be held Thursday, October 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Evans Meeting Room at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, Colorado.

The primary topic of discussion will be the Airport’s long-term development recommendations. The public will have the opportunity to view the alternatives, ask questions, and provide input.

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