Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPE) Research Aircraft at RMMA

by Kenneth Maenpa, Airport Director
comments open from July 30 until August 19

Have you seen some low flying aircraft along the Front Range? The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) are working with National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a pollution study conducted along the Front Range. The month long air quality study is from July 16, 2014 to August 16, 2014. There are various aircraft conducting the study “Snowflake” NCAR EC-130C which will be flying between altitudes of 2,000 feet to 27,000 feet above the ground, and NASA P-3B which will be flying as low as 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet above the ground. The reasoning behind the study is because the Front Range often experience ozone levels in the summer well above the US National Health Standards that are caused by various factors such as agriculture, transportation, oil and gas extraction, wildfires, power generation, and population concentrations. Other areas that have participated in the study are Baltimore, Washington, Houston, Texas, and San Joaquin Valley, California.

The extensive study of the ozone and the pollution levels will allow a better understanding of the cause and affects of ozone pollution. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the flight patterns and researchers want the public to know that it is necessary for the study to be conducted at those altitude levels because that is where the pollutants are affecting the air quality.

If you are interested in seeing the research aircraft that are involved in the study there will be an Open House on Saturday August 2, 2014 from 8am to 12pm at:

NCAR/EOL Research Aviation Facility
10802 Airport Ct
Broomfield, CO 80021
*Please note the entrance is off of W. 120th Ave.

Research Aircraft Open House Flyer
Air Quality Research Information from UCAR
CBS4 story about the Study


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