Front Range Airport

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the mission and goals of FRA?
Front Range Airport was developed to:
- Become an economic engine for Adams County and surrounding areas, providing jobs, revenue, and viable aviation services for a growing market

- Serve as a model airport for aircraft operations, efficiency and safety

- Provide its tenants, users, business community and travelers a professional experience.
What is the Airport Data?
Front Range Airport (FTG)
39-47-06.900N, 104-32-35.300W

Located 19 nm (35 km) E of DENVER, CO at 5512 ft. (1680 m) elevation, this Public Airport is found on the DENVER Sectional.

Runway: 17/35
Length x Width: 8000 x 100 ft.
Surface Type: Asphalt-Good Condition
Lighting: Medium Intensity
Primary ILS Type: ILS/DME
Secondary ILS Type: ILS/DME

Runway: 08/26
Length x Width: 8000 x 100 ft.
Surface Type: Asphalt-Good Condition
Lighting: High Intensity
Primary ILS Type: ILS/DME
Secondary ILS Type:

Published Pavement Strengths

The Federal Aviation Administration published the strength of runway 8/26 at 28,000 pounds for aircraft with Single Wheel Gear (SWG) and 40,000 pounds Dual Wheel Gear (DWG). Runway 17/35 strength is at 34,000 pounds SWG and 46,000 pounds DWG.

Runway 17/35 was constructed as a cargo runway with an actual strength of 160,000 DWG. It is published at 75,000 pounds DWG because the parallel taxiway and adjacent ramp were not constructed at the heavier strength.
What services are now available at Front Range Airport?
Available Services:
* Full Service FBO (Fixed Base Operation)
* Fuel Jet A, 100LL
* Restaurant/ Aircraft Catering
* Engine Repair Service Major
* Airframe Repair Service Major
* Flight Schools
* Aircraft Maintence School
When was FRA constructed?
FRA began operations in 1984, it was the last general aviation airport constructed in Colorado, subsequently is has not had the same to develop infrastructure as the other two reliever airports to DIA and has not had the adjacent development like Centennial and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airports.
How does FRA compare to other airports?
FRA is one of the largest general aviation airports in the United States with just under 4,000-acres of land, surrounded by a 6,000-acre, non-residential, master planned industrial complex. But the land mass of DIA and FRA together provide a unique airport complex unlike any other location in the United States.
What is the investment in FRA and how much debt does it have?
The total public/ private investment to date is $127.9 million, with the largest share from FAA of 40.2%, followed by private investment of 26.8%, other government at 18% and Adams County at 13.2%. FRA is virtually debt free owing less than $1.1 million.
What are FRA development plans?
FRA has remained on the same course since inception, to accommodate large aircraft. CDOT-Aeronautics funded a business development plan to determine business opportunities for FRA that would complement the Denver aviation system. The study completed in 2010 identified a number of opportunities for FRA including IA and The total
What is spaceport designation?
Spaceport designation is a process by FAA, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, whereby they issue a license to a facility for vertical or horizontal launch as a spaceport.
Why is FRA seeking designation as a spaceport?
We have been building a spaceport; we just didn't know it. The idea of a spaceport was introduced to Front Range Airport last summer, when a company with breakthrough hybrid rocket motor technology visited Front Range as part of a two day tour orchestrated by Tom Clark, President of Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. The company was in search of a site that would meet their long-term needs for rocket motor assembly, space-vehicle manufacturing, research and development, and ultimately as jet powered horizontal launch point-to-point suborbital transport operations.
What is jet powered horizontal launch?
A spaceplane that takes off and lands like a conventional jet aircraft, but has a dual propulsion system including rocket motors for suborbital transport operations.
Is FRA a good site for horizontal launch?
FRA is an ideal site for a horizontal launch, and particularly jet powered horizontal launch point-to-point suborbital transport operations. The traditional definition of "spaceport" is falling by the wayside as firms like Rocket Crafters and EADS Astrium develop and bring to market dual propulsion spaceplanes. All current federally operated and most commercial spaceports were sited specifically to support mutli-stage vertical launch vehicles and/or glide-back spaceplanes. Consequently, they are located in remote areas distant from major population centers and are not convenient to major international airport facilities.
Is FRA remote or convenient?
Both, while FRA is remote it is only 6 miles (as the crow flies) from Denver International Airport and 18 minutes by car. This airport is perfect for transition to a horizontal launch spaceport facility. Denver International Airport is the 10th busiest airport in the world. It's location within America's heartland makes it a great location for modest down-range track launches and ultimately a major point-to-point hub location for intercontinental point-to-point suborbital operations.
Is DIA in favor of FRA spaceport status?
Yes, Kim Day, Manager of Aviation at DIA, fully supports the development of a spaceport strategy for FRA, and DIA's support is critical because without the support FRA could not achieve spaceport designation.
Why does Colorado need a spaceport?
To compete in the global market, studies show that tomorrow's winners in commercial space transportation will be cities that are part of a world-wide network of point-to-point service. Colorado is in a unique position, because it does not need to build a facility as it already has one that meets the criteria of being remote and convenient.
How many spaceports are there in the United States?
The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation lists eight active launch sites:


Space Systems International, Site: VAFB, Location: CA Expiration: Sep 18, 2016

OK Space Indus Development Authority, Site: Burns Flat, Location OK, Expiration: Jun 11, 2016

Space Florida, Site: CCAFS, Location: FL, Expiration: Jun 30, 2015

Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Site: Cecil, Location: FL, Expiration: Jan 10, 2015

East Kern Airport District, Site: Mojave, Location: CA, Expiration: Jun 16, 2014

New Mexico Spaceflight Authority, Site Spaceport America, Location: NM, Expiration: Dec 15, 2013

Alaska Aerospace Development Corp., Site: Kodiak, Location: AK, Expiration: Dec 15, 2013

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, Site: Wallops, Vocation: VA, Expiration: Dec 18, 2012
Who are the companies who might use the FRA spaceport?
We are working with a company that has a break-through hybrid rocket motor technology and is developing a dual-propulsion horizontal lift spacesaw FRA as a that was drabut other companies like Virgin Galactic will use horizontal launch spaceports.
What is the process to become a designated spaceport and how long does it take?
It is a Spaceport America
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Front Range Airport • 5200 Front Range Parkway • Watkins, Colorado 80137
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