Increase In Flights At Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Disturbing Neighbors

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CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA, AND THE AREA IS BEING DISINFECTED. THE OTHER AREAS OF THE GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS ARE OPEN AS USUAL. AND DON’T BUY A HOUSE NEAR AN AIRPORT AND THEN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PLANES, BUT PEOPLE NEAR THE AIRPORT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY HAS A REASON TO COMPLAIN. JEFF TODD IS THE THERE, AND IT’S BECOME AN EXTREMELY BUSY PLACE. REPORTER: JIM, THE FAA DATA SHOWS ABOUT 50,000 MORE FLIGHT OPERATIONS SINCE THE RUNWAY WAS EXTENDED A FEW YEARS AGO. SOME RESIDENTS SAY IT MIGHT BE FLIGHT SCHOOLS, OTHERS SAY THAT EXTENDED RUNWAY IS BRINGING IN ALL TYPES OF AIRCRAFT. IT HASN’T BEEN A PROBLEM UNTIL THIS YEAR. REPORTER: WHILE WE WERE IN JIM’S BACKYARD, IT LONG UNTIL WE HEARD THE SMALL PROP PLANES FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN AIRPORT. THEY’VE COME 600 FEET OVER MY HOUSE, AND MY HOUSE ISN’T THE TALLEST THINGS AROUND. AND A LOT ARE FROM FLIGHT SCHOOLS. REPORTER: THE AIRPORT SAYS COMPLAINTS TRIPLED FROM 2017 TO 2018, AND THIS MAP SHOWS THEM COMING FROM ALL SIDES OF THE AIRPORT. JIM HAS BEEN DOCUMENTING FLIGHTS THIS SUMMER AND HAS CALLED THE AIRPORT COMPLAINT LINE. WHEN YOU CALL THEM, IT’S JUST A MESSAGE. I THINK I’VE PUT IN I WANT TO SAY AROUND 10 OR SO COMPLAINTS. AS FAR AS I KNOW THEY GO INTO A DIGITAL TRASH CAN FOR ALL I KNOW. SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED IN TERMS OF WHAT I’VE PERCEIVED. REPORTER: HE’S EVEN MADE VIDEOS LIKE THIS ONE, SHOWING PLANES ABOVE THE ALLOWED DECIBEL LEVEL. ONE SATURDAY I COULD SIT HERE AND PROBABLY GET AT LEAST 10 OR 12 VIOLATIONS. EVERY COUPLE MINUTES THEY COME OVER. REPORTER: MANY RESIDENT TOLD US THEY KNEW THEY BOUGHT NEAR THE AIRPORT, BUT THE QUANTITY OF FLIGHTS H HASINCREASED DRASTICALLY. THEY WAKE ME UP EVERY MORNING, I DON’T NEED AN ALARM CLOCK ANYMORE. REPORTER: AND THERE’S CONCERN ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PILOTS. A LISTENING SESSION HAS BEEN ORGANIZED AND WILL TAKE PLACE MONDAY WITH PEOPLE FROM BROOMFIELD, SUPERIOR, LEWISVILLE, AND THEY’RE HOPING TO GET FOLKS FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY HERE AS WELL. THE RESIDENTS TELL ME THEY’RE REALLY HOPING TO GET CHANGE UP AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THAT WILL

 

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