Castle Pines News Press – July 1, 2019
July 1, 2019
Colorado Community Media
Centennial Airport says FAA left gaps in flight path study – Congress-mandated studies on noise effects must be completed, airport argues
Wheels started turning on a federal plan to reroute airplane traffic in the Denver metro area years ago, but after the government released more than 1,000 pages of a study on its potential effects, Centennial Airport is still urging a closer look.
“Congress has recognized that it is quite obvious that the (Federal Aviation Administration) has not sufficiently addressed, or at a minimum underestimated, the need for broad citizen participation,” said a letter from the airport’s executive director, Robert Olislagers, to the FAA.
The June 5 letter came a day before the public comment period closed on the FAA’s draft of an analysis of the NextGen Denver Metroplex project, which aims to optimize arrival and departure at local airports. That includes Denver International Airport, Centennial Airport and some others. The study, called a draft environmental assessment, looked at impacts the project could have on noise, air quality, wildlife, and historic and cultural resources.
The proposed change in flight paths is expected to have…