PILOTS: The 'STAY AT HOME' order and non-essential operations

*** CLICK HERE TO SEE: FAA's Statement on Exempt Critical and Essential Worker***

Many privately-owned aircraft at Centennial Airport are owned and operated by individuals, businesses, and organizations that fall into the category of "critical business," as defined by the Executive Order signed by Gov. Polis on March 25, 2020. 

These include medical, medevac, food services, small cargo, fire prevention, law enforcement, public safety, and others. General aviation has always been a critical part of helping communities, especially during times of emergency and disaster, and Centennial Airport remains open to support these important missions.

However, the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority asks in this very unusual time in not only aviation but in the world, that our recreational pilots abide by the Governor’s Executive Order unless your mission meets the criteria for “critical business” operations as defined by the state.

Executive Orders explained: https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained

Noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Order is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year.

Please think before you act, not only for the safety and well-being of yourself, but for those you love, and for the airport community as a whole.

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ATTN PILOTS: What you need to know abut ATC "Zero"

Air Traffic Control (ATC) services around the U.S. have recently been disrupted by the COVID-19 virus resulting in air traffic control shutdowns in Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas with local ATC going “Zero.” ATC Zero means an airport is “uncontrolled” and will rely on pilots communicating with each other via the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF). Though rare, and never seen before at APA, it is entirely possible, given the extraordinary circumstances we live in today. Should ATC “Zero” take hold at APA, the CTAF frequency will the APA Tower frequency 118.9.

Until further notice, Centennial Airport will remain open and operational 24/7.

However, in the event that “ATC Zero” is initiated at APA, the airport will notify tenants and users via Everbridge. Notice will also be posted on ATIS, 303-799-6722, unless there is an emergency requiring immediate evacuation of the ATC tower.

DASHBOARD CURRENT: SATURDAY, April 4, 2020, at 0826L


AIRPORT OPERATIONAL STATUS:  NORMAL
For 24/7 airfield operations questions and assistance, call 303-877-7307.

MEDIA AND CREDENTIALED PRESS: Call 720-272-4992 (24/7)

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***

At 4 p.m., March 25, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a STATEWIDE "Stay at Home" Order, effective Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m. and will continue through Saturday, April 11, unless rescinded or modified by further Executive Order.

READ THE STATEWIDE ORDER: Click here.


The following Centennial Airport tenants have announced limited hours of operation or closures. Please contact the individual tenant for details. This list is posted as a courtesy and is subject to change without notice. Please report updates and errors to 720-272-4992.

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Slammers South
Closed until further notice. All programs, lessons, and workouts are postponed but will be made up.

For more information: http://slammersbaseball.com/

Contact: 303-790-1297

Denver Air Connect
Passenger service from Centennial Airport to Grand Junction will be temporarily suspended beginning Saturday, March 21. Cargo flights will still continue operating out of APA. Passenger flights out of other airports may be affected as well. Please contact Denver Air Connect for specific details.

Live chat is available on their home page for passengers that have questions.

For more information: https://denverairconnection.com/

Contact: 303-768-2696

The Perfect Landing Restaurant
The Perfect Landing Restaurant will be closed until May 10th, in accordance with the Governor's Order. Aircraft catering orders must be placed a minimum of 24 hours in advance. For more information, or to place a catering order, call 303-649-4478.

For more information: http://www.theperfectlanding.com/

Contact: 303-649-4478


Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight Center
As of March 13, 2020, the Exploration of Flight Center at Centennial Airport announced it will close to the public, following guidelines from the state and public health officials. No date for reopening has been set.

For more information: https://wingsmuseum.org/wings-response-to-covid-19/

Contact: 303-360-5360, ext. 160


South Suburban Parks and Rec Family Sports Center
At the recommendation of state and local health organizations, SSPR has extended the closure of all its facilities through April 15. This includes all recreation centers, golf courses, tennis facilities, sports domes, entertainment and community centers, ice arenas, and the cancellation of all programs, classes, and camps.

For more information: https://www.ssprd.org/

Contact: 303-798-5131


Colorado Skies Academy
Under guidance from Cherry Creek School District, Colorado Skies Academy has announced it will be closed through Friday, March 27. Students will commence online instruction on Monday, March 23

For more information: https://coloradoskiesacademy.org/

Contact: 720-400-7612


Centennial Airport Lions Club
The Centennial Airport Lions Club has announced they have canceled the April 2 and April 16 meetings until further notice.

For more information: N/A

Contact: Lion Gwen Balk, 303-916-2775


 

NEWS: FAA's Denver Metroplex implementation begins March 26

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is implementing the Denver Metroplex project on March 26, 2020.

The comprehensive project will use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the Denver area. Its 29 new satellite-based routes and 15 existing/modified routes will allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver International and surrounding airports.

The FAA hosted public workshops in 2017 in the greater Denver metropolitan area to provide the public with a better understanding of the preliminary flight procedure designs for the Denver Metroplex Project, and to obtain public comments. After releasing the Draft Environmental Assessment in April 2019, the FAA held additional workshops and a 45-day public comment period. In total, the FAA hosted 24 public workshops and conducted 78 briefings for community groups, airport officials and local, state, and federal officials. The FAA also evaluated and responded to 1,841 public comments.

After the FAA implements the new procedures, some flight track dispersion will continue to occur as it does today. In addition, air traffic controllers will continue to sometimes vector aircraft for safety or efficiency reasons or to reroute them around weather systems.

The FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision for the Denver Metroplex project on January 24, 2020.

 as not just another general aviation airport, but as a valued business partner, and we are pleased to see the results of this effort in this year’s Airport Economic Impact Report.”

Source: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=95271

COVID-19: An important message from Airport Director Robert Olislagers

 

To our valued airport community-

There is no higher priority than the safety and security of Centennial Airport, our tenants, passengers, employees, and airport users, and this includes concern for the overall public health of the airport community in light of the COVID-19 virus.

While the emerging coronavirus disease brings with it many uncertainties, we are working hard to keep the airport a safe and efficient place to work and conduct business. We are working closely with our first responders, and with state and local health officials to do what we can to contain and mitigate incidental transmission of the virus, should it arrive at the airport.

There is no reason to panic. However, there is reason to take the COVID-19 situation seriously.

We ask that all tenants, pilots, student pilots, employees, visitors, and other airport users to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these straightforward steps recommended by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Avoid contact with others who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • If you have a fever of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and are coughing and have shortness of breath, please contact a healthcare professional and consult your employer before reporting to work.
  • Also, if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact a healthcare professional and follow the CDC’s guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days.

And finally, it’s important to remember this is an evolving situation. Please stay informed by those who know best. For questions and concerns about COVID-19, you may call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's hotline at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

You can learn more on CDPHE’s website: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe as well as the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

For airport-specific information and periodic updates, please visit our homepage, www.centennialairport.com, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @FlyCentennial.

Respectfully,
Robert