Fly Quiet Program

The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is located amongst thriving business parks and residential areas. To balance the needs of our community, our noise abatement program is designed to minimize noise from aircraft operations and reduce any negative effects on the surrounding areas.

As part of the program, airport staff visit flight schools and other tenants, sharing maps and information about why aircraft noise is a critical issue that everyone must help to mitigate. We also advise surrounding cities and developers about how the airport will affect their developments.

Friendly Flying

  • Climb out at best rate of climb (Vy). This ensures that aircraft are as high as possible as quickly as possible.
  • Reduce RPM when safe. Lower propeller speeds produce less noise.
  • Fly standard or higher glide path. Shallow approaches expose neighborhoods to additional noise.
  • Overfly major road corridors and/or open space when able. Absent ATC instructions to the contrary, choosing routing that avoids residential neighborhoods lessens the impact of aviation operations on surrounding communities.
  • Runway 30R is designated the primary, calm-wind runway. Westerly prevailing winds favor 30 the majority of the time.
  • No intersection departures. Using the full length of the runway is both safer and ensures aircraft are as high as possible before leaving the airport perimeter.
  • Maintain pattern altitude of 6,500’ for single engine aircraft and 7,000’ for twins/turboprops/jets.
  • No engine maintenance run-ups between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except in an emergency.
  • Use 30R/12L for nighttime pattern operations (when tower is closed) to avoid overflying residential neighborhoods. 

Flight schools, located on field, have voluntarily stopped departures in the evening hours beginning at 10:00 pm local time. Aircraft from the flight schools shall not depart after this, excepting when required to do so for currency or training in accordance with federal regulations.

Note: The above procedures are recommended for arrivals and departures at RMMA. They are not intended to supersede the responsibility of the pilot for compliance with FARs, ATC clearances and operating parameters of the Aircraft Operations Manual.

All recommended procedures are at the pilot’s discretion, consistent with safety and ATC instructions. SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!

RMMA Voluntary Noise Abatement Brochure