Front Range Airport near Denver dedicated the tallest GA tower in the United States earlier this summer.
The Air Traffic Control tower, standing at 5,596.8 feet msl, expands the airport’s capabilities to business jet aircraft, previously unable to use the airport.
The tower is expected to add to already exponential growth at Front Range Airport, located six miles southeast of Denver International Airport. In 10 years Front Range has experienced nearly 300% growth in based aircraft, growing from 132 planes in 1994 to 391 in 2005. A recent economic impact study credits the airport with 740 direct and indirect jobs, an increase of 320.5% since a previous study in 1998.
At a total cost of $5.7 million, planning for the tower began in October 2000. Funding has been a national partnership, including $2.92 million from the FAA, a $950,000 loan from CDOT-Division of Aeronautics, a $250,000 grant from the Division of Aeronautics, and a $500,000 financial contribution from Hunt Broadcasting. Remaining funding came from Adams County and the airport.
The tower will be operated under the FAA Contract Tower Program.
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