Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) is located at 11755 Airport Way in the City and County of Broomfield. RMMA is owned and operated by Jefferson County and situated midway between Denver and Boulder along US 36. To learn more about RMMA, please visit their website at https://www.jeffco.us/755/Airport.
If you have been affected by noise from RMMA, please call the noise complaint line at 303.271.4874 or complete an online complaint form at https://www.jeffco.us/1697/Noise-Complaint-Online-Form. When calling to file a complaint, it is helpful to have the following information:
- Visual details (type of aircraft, tail number, multiple sightings)
- Operations details (takeoff, landing or training)
- Date, time & location of each sighting
If you have concerns about illegal or unsafe aircraft operations, incidents should be reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office. To contact the Denver office, please visit https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/den/contact/.
To learn more about the airport's operations, view the Guide to Understanding Airport Operations and Aircraft Noise. To view the guide, please open in Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge (does not work in Internet Explorer).
To read the agenda/minutes for Airport Advisory Board Meetings, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/3933/Airport-Advisory-Board. The Airport Advisory Board advises the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners regarding airport matters, serves as a feedback mechanism regarding the airport, building awareness of the airport and its importance in the economic health of the region, developing airport advocacy and ensuring good neighbor practices by the airport. Members include two neighboring business owners, two Jefferson County citizens, one neighboring residential property owner, one neighboring jurisdiction and one airport tenant.
You can find the dates for upcoming meetings in the RMMA Updates Newsletter, which you can subscribe to at https://www.jeffco.us/3590/RMMA-Updates-Newsletter.
In 2019, RMMA released updated noise abatement procedures to lessen the impact of aircraft activity on adjacent neighborhoods in response to community concerns. Airport tenants and staff worked together to develop voluntary noise abatement procedures to encourage arriving and departing pilots to take measures that may reduce noise without compromising safety. Some of these procedures include climbing as high as possible before departing the airport perimeter, avoiding low approaches and overflying major road corridors and open space where possible. Another highlight is a voluntary evening curfew from the flight schools beginning at 10 pm, unless a pilot must operate after this for currency or training requirements. You can read more about the updated noise abatement procedures here.
The updated noise abatement procedures will be noticed to pilots through signs at entrances onto the airfield (see picture below), quarterly briefings with flight schools and their instructors, semi-annual tenant briefings and continued publication of the voluntary noise abatement materials. If you have questions about the noise abatement procedures, please contact RMMA staff at 303.271.4854.
City/Town Noise Mitigation Project
RMMA is surrounded by residential development. Located only 3 miles south of Louisville, aircraft overflights and noise are a growing concern for residents. You can view the airport's typical traffic pattern operations map here. Louisville partnered with Superior to hire a consulting team with specialized experience in working with communities and airports to address aircraft noise issues. The consultants reviewed current conditions, flight procedures, airspace and land uses around RMMA to identify practices and procedures aimed at reducing impacts to both communities. To learn more, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
The following work during Phase I of the project has been completed to-date:
- Completed baseline assessment to understand current conditions and identify opportunities for improvement. ABCx2 looked at airport facilities, airfield layout, airspace and flight procedures, annual operations, traffic levels and fleet mix, existing noise abatement program, land uses and zoning and complaint data. You can read the baseline assessment here.
- Conducted community engagement, including an online survey on the impact of airport noise and potential solutions and an open house to share draft strategies and solicit feedback from residents.
- The online survey was posted at https://www.engagelouisvilleco.org/airport-noise-mitigation. You can view a summary of survey responses here.
- You can view the draft strategies for noise mitigation that were presented at the open house.
- Held multiple meetings with the airport and FAA traffic control tower personnel and conducted a flight training forum to engage industry stakeholders and encourage participation in the process.
- Assisted in the formation of the Airport Noise Task Force to vet potential solutions and keep efforts moving forward with airport staff and tenants.
- Developed updated noise abatement procedures with the Airport Noise Task Force to lessen the impact of aircraft activity on adjacent neighborhoods.
- Developed recommended strategies intended to reduce noise impacts on the communities.
- The consultants shared their final recommendations for noise mitigation with Louisville City Council and the Superior Town Board on September 30th at the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center. You can view the final presentation here.
Phase II of the project kicked off in early 2020. The scope of work for the consultants for this phase includes:
- Prioritizing noise abatement strategies and advocating for implementation.
- Continuing to participate on RMMA Noise Task Force advocating for City/Town priorities.
- Expanding and strengthening relationships with RMMA industry/tenants in an effort to promote compliance with noise mitigation measures.
- Encouraging industry awareness/training with a focus on aircraft noise impacts and implementation of policies, practices and procedures in alignment with City/Town priorities.
- Encouraging community awareness of airport impacts and providing information on policies, practices and procedures to the public.
- Advocating for City/Town priorities through Community Roundtable and helping facilitate submittal of recommended practices/procedures to FAA for approval.
If you have questions about the project or comments you would like to share with the City, please email us here.
- March 25, 2020 - The FAA announced plans to implement the Denver Metroplex project. You can read more here: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=95271 and https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/community_involvement/den/.
- November 18, 2019 - The FAA released the final Environmental Assessment for the Metroplex Project. You can view the report and provide public comment from November 18th through December 20th at http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/denver_metroplex/denver_introduction.html.
- April 17, 2019 - The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) proposed Denver Metroplex project could adjust flight patterns in an effort to allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver. The Denver Metroplex project is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FAA will be hosting upcoming public workshops for the Metroplex project. To learn more, click here.