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Airline FAQ
Q. Do you still have flights to Las Vegas/Phoenix?

A. No, the Airport currently does not have scheduled commercial airline service.  However, there are vacation charter packages to Laughlin, NV:

Riverside Casino packages can be booked directly with the Resort at Riverside Casino or contact them at 1-800-227-3849.
Harrah’s Casino packages can be booked directly with the Resort at Harrah’s Casino or contact them at 1-800-315-9113.

Q. How do I hire a pilot or charter an airplane?

A. The Airport does not have a certified charter operator at this time.  For a list of air charter operators in Colorado you can see the list at: www.aircharterguide.com.

Q. Where can I book a flight?

A. For Commercial Airlines:
At this time we do not have any commercial airlines servicing our Airport.
For Vacation Packages:
Riverside Casino packages can be booked directly with the Resort at Riverside Casino or contact them at 1-800-227-3849.
Harrah’s Casino packages can be booked directly with the Resort at Harrah’s Casino or contact them at 1-800-315-9113.
For Chartered Aircraft:
For a list of air charter operators in Colorado you can see the list at: www.aircharterguide.com.

Q. How early should I arrive for my flight?

A. Every charter or airline has their own guidelines, it is best to check with your specific airline or charter.

The Vacation Charter Operators recommend arriving 2 hours prior to departure.  Please contact your specific charter company to verify their boarding procedures.  Riverside Resort’s flight information may be found here.  Harrah’s Laughlin Caesar Casino’s flight information may be found here.

Q. What can I bring on the plane?

A. Please see TSA Screening rules for a list of prohibited items.  Riverside Resort’s flight information may be found here.  Harrah’s Laughlin Caesar Casino’s flight information may be found here.

Q. Is there vehicle parking available and what is the cost?

A. Overnight parking is $5 per night. Payment can be made at the Kiosks, one is near the terminal doors and a second one is in the middle of the parking lot. Just place your receipt face up on your dash where it will be visible for parking attendants. If you are parking momentarily to pick someone up from arrivals then you do not have to pay for parking. GreenRide passengers receive parking passes from their shuttle drivers as part of their shuttle service fare.

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Q. What are the Airport’s hours of operation?

A. The Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Administration office is open M-F 8-5; however, our FBO (Fixed Based Operator), Fort Collins-Loveland JetCenter, is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Q. Do you have ground transportation available? (Rental cars, taxis, shuttles, or buses)

A. GreenRide shuttle is available at the Airport for transportation to Denver International Airport. Other forms of ground transportation are available from the surrounding Cities but are not available on-Airport.  Please contact Fort Collins-Loveland Jetcenter at 970-667-2574 for rental car services.

Q. Where is your lost and found?

A. Please contact the Fort Collins-Loveland Jetcenter at 970-667-2574.

Q. How do I schedule an introductory flight?

A. You may contact The Flying School or The New Leading Edge Flight Training to inquire about introductory flights. 


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Airport History & Data FAQ

Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL) is jointly owned and operated by the Cities of Fort Collins and Loveland. Located in the heart of Northern Colorado, FNL serves an important transportation role for the Northern Colorado region. It is one of twelve commercially certified airports in the State of Colorado.

Q. How old is the Airport?

A. The Airport was founded in 1963 with operations beginning in 1964.

Q. What are the Airport Stats?

A. Current information about the Airport may be found here.

Q. What Class Airspace is Northern Colorado Regional Airport?

A. Class E airspace.

Q. What’s the largest aircraft the Airport can accommodate?

A. Boeing 757

Q. How many cars can your parking lot accommodate?

A. 500

Q. How many people can your terminal accommodate?

A. 175

Q. How big is the Airport?

A. 1,050 acres

Q. How many operations (landings and takeoffs) does the Airport have?

A. Current information may be found here.

Q. What is the cost of aviation fuel?

A. Fuel services are managed by an on-Airport business, Fort Collins-Loveland jetCenter, you may find their prices published at: www.airnav.com/airport/KFNL  


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Aviation Involvement FAQ

Q. How do I schedule an introductory flight?

A. You may contact The Flying School or The New Leading Edge Flight Training to inquire about introductory flights.

Q. How do I obtain Airport access?

A. Federal regulations require access control and security measures at the Airport.  In order to obtain an access badge, a security background check and driver’s training test are required.  You must be at least 12 years old to apply.  Applications and tests are available on our site at: www.flynoco.com/pilot-resources/badging.

Q. When does the Wings of Freedom Tour return?

A. The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour returns every July.  Additional information is available on their site at: www.collingsfoundation.org/events

Q. How do I hire a pilot or charter an airplane?

A. The Airport does not have a certified charter operator at this time.  For a list of air charter operators in Colorado you can see the list at: www.aircharterguide.com.

Q. How do I apply for a job at the Airport?

A. Please see the City of Loveland’s Employment Opportunities page to see available positions and internships for Airport administration.

You may find contact information for all the businesses that operate on the Airport on our Business Directory page here, please apply directly with them for any available positions they may have.  Additional airports with internship programs may also be found on CDOT Aeronautic’s page at: www.codot.gov/programs/aeronautics/internships.

Q. Can I arrange an Airport tour?

A. For tours we suggest you contact the following businesses: jetCenter, Leading Edge, and/or The Flying School (aka Colorado Contrails) to see about a possible partnership for your event.  You may find their contact information on our business directory page at: www.flynoco.com/home/about/business-directory.

For Airport operations and administration tours based on operational availability (high school and older) contact us at Airport@cityofloveland.org.

Public viewing is available from the parking lot on the north side of the terminal building.

Q. How else can I get involved in aviation?

A. Civil Air Patrol – Thompson Valley Composite: www.tvcseagles.com
EAA Chapter 515: www.515.eaachapter.org
FNL Pilot’s Association: www.fnlpilots.org


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Noise FAQ

Q. Who governs airspace over my property?

A. According to 49 U.S.C. section 40103:

“The United States Government has exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the United States and the FAA has the authority to prescribe air traffic regulations on the flight of aircraft, including UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems aka “drones”).”

Q. Isn’t my local school/my neighborhood in restricted airspace/why are aircraft flying above us?

A. Only the white house, active military bases, or areas defined by Federal regulations are in restricted airspace. You may see restricted or prohibited special use airspace on the FAA’s Know before you Fly website map at: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/air-space-map.

Q. Why do aircraft take off and land at early and late hours?

A. Similar to public roadways being within the public right-of-way the same applies to airspace and there are no time restrictions for traffic on the road or in the air.  Jet aircraft operate in the early morning and late-evening hours for various reasons. Many are medical flights with patients or critical organs on board. Other flights involve corporations and businesses based near the airport.

Q. Why MUST the planes fly over my subdivision?

A.While the Airport encourages visual flight rules (VFR) traffic to avoid subdivisions; these procedures are not mandatory and will soon be impossible to perform. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determines the safest route for instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft to follow with respect to terrain avoidance and airspace procedures. The Airport can not change them, and does not have control over aircraft after they leave the Airport’s runways. Flight safety must take priority over all other concerns.

Q. Why can’t planes climb higher before flying over residential areas?

A. Airplanes at this altitude (5,017 feet above sea level) do not perform as well as they do at lower elevations. This means they can not climb as quickly because they are less efficient in the thinner air. The result is more noise because planes must fly closer to the ground for longer periods; nothing can change this physical fact.

Q. Who controls the planes flying overhead, and why do so many flights cross over noise-sensitive areas?

A. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controls the flight paths and aircraft routing into and out of every airport. Northern Colorado Regional Airport does not control traffic routing near the Airport or anywhere in the Denver airspace system. The Airport can only encourage pilots on visual flight rules (VFR) flights to fly over underpopulated areas, but these areas are disappearing rapidly. Please call the FAA at 303-342-1100 with questions about aircraft operations in our airspace.

Q. Can Northern Colorado Regional Airport change flight patterns?

A. No.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controls the flight paths and aircraft routing into and out of every airport.

Q. There is an aircraft flying very low.  What can be done?

A. The Airport does not have any enforcement authority over aircraft that violate regulations and fly too low. If you believe an aircraft is flying too low, please contact the Federal Aviation Administration at 1-800-847-3808 and report the violation.  FAA’s minimum altitude requirements for fixed wing aircraft are 500 feet for rural areas and 1,000 feet for urban areas.  You may read more about the FAA’s regulations on low flying aircraft here.  Also minimum altitude regulations DO NOT apply to helicopters and any aircraft associated with the military, State, local government, flight for life, or any fixed wing aircraft landings and takeoffs which may occur any where the pilot has permission (public airports or private land).

However, that being said:

  • Military aircraft complaints may be filed through their hotline at 1-800-424-9098 or their hotline page.
  • State Patrol complaints may be sent through their form on their complaint page or directly emailed to: cdps.csp.professionalstandards@state.co.us
  • The three heliports in our area are MCR, 970-624-1050, Banner Fort Collins 970-810-6959, or McKee 970-820-6716
  • To report non-compliant civilian fixed wing (airplane) operators call the FAA at 1-866-TELL-FAA (1-866-835-5322) or you can use their hotline page.

Please note the FAA’s minimums for reporting non-compliant aircraft:

  • Identification – Can you identify the aircraft? Was it military or civil? Was it a high or low wing aircraft?  What was the color? Did you record the registration number which appears on the fuselage or tail? (On U.S. registered aircraft, that number will be preceded with a capital “N” and it is required to be at least 12″ high unless it is an experimental aircraft).  This must be recorded via photo and/or video and cannot be by automation (online tracking).
  • Time and Place – Exactly when did the incident(s) occur? Where did this happen? What direction was the aircraft flying.
  • Altitude – How high or low was the aircraft flying? On what do you base your estimate? Was the aircraft level with or below the elevation of a prominent object such as a tower or building?

If the aircraft operator is non-compliant with FAA regulations and also operating out of our Airport we will do our best to assist you in addressing the issue(s) that may be occurring. Please note, the FAA’s minimum reporting guidelines are critical in order to assist you.  Keep in mind, that low flying aircraft may have originated from another facility.


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Remote Tower FAQ

Q: How will this change operations once the Remote Tower is active?

A: Our web page will show the latest information for operations at www.flynoco/about/remote-tower

Q: Can I tour the facility?

A: Tours are not available at this time, we anticipate tours becoming available later in 2019.  See the latest updates on our Remote Tower page at www.flynoco/about/remote-tower

Q: Where do I learn more about the Remote Tower?

A: Visit www.coloradremotetower.com for the latest updates.

Q: Will this make the Airport busier and noisier?

A: It is anticipated that the Remote Tower will not significantly change the amount of air traffic at the Airport, but it will enhance the flow of arrivals and departures.

Q: Why was FNL Airport chosen as the test site for this project?

A: FNL was selected based on the level of annual operations (landings and takeoffs) and the diversity of aircraft.


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UAS FAQ

Q. Who regulates UAS operations?

A. FAA regulates the nation’s airspace, www.faa.gov/uas and information for UAS pilots is available at knowbeforeyoufly.org

Q. Who do I call to report hazardous UAS operations or to make a complaint regarding UAS operations in our region?

A. The local FSDO office at: 1-800-847-3808 or email, Local/state laws ALSO apply so you should contact your local police department as well: www.faa.gov/uas/public_safety_gov, i.e. peeping tom law

Q. Do local/state laws apply to my UAS operations?

A. Yes, all laws apply to your operations regardless of ignorance.  It is your responsibility to ensure you are in compliance with all laws (Federal knowbeforeyoufly.org or www.faa.gov/uas/public_safety_gov; State Colorado, County Larimer, Weld; or local Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Johnstown, Windsor, etc…) prior to operating your drone. 

Q. What Class Airspace is FNL?

A. Class E

Q. How do I notify the Airport of my UAS/drone operations?

A. Please fill out the UAS operations form on our site at: www.flynoco.com/pilot-resources/unmanned-aircraft-systems.  UAS pilots with their Part 107 may obtain prior authorization through LAANC; by contacting the the airspace controller, which is currently Denver TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control), their contact information is 303-342-1500 option 1; or via blanket waiver (see instructions below).

Q. How often do I need to notify you of my operations?

A. You are required to notify the Airport of each recreational operation; however, if you have a standard period of operation at a set location then please submit one form per location with a range of dates and input this in the notes field of the form (i.e. June-August 2016, MWF from 3-5 pm, ranges of indefinite will not be accepted).  If you have a Part 107 you may receive prior authorization through LAANC; by contacting the the airspace controller, which is currently Denver TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control), their contact information is 303-342-1500 option 1; or via blanket waiver (see instructions below).

Q. How do I get blanket approval for my UAS/drone operations?

A. Requests for a Waiver/​Airspace Authorization for Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) may only be granted by the FAA at: www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver.  Please note this form should only be used to request waivers or airspace authorizations under Title 14 CFR Part 107; it is NOT for modelers or hobbyists flying in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (P.L. 112-95, Section 336).  You may likely need to still obtain clearance through LAANC, please check the FAA site to learn more.


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Miscellaneous FAQ

Q. Where is your pet quarantine/where do I pick up my puppy/how do I contact the puppy transport company at the Airport?

A. The Northern Colorado Regional Airport does NOT have a pet quarantine area and does NOT have any businesses operating here that transport animals.  Please do your research before sending funds to someone claiming to have a pet or puppy to send to you.  If you have already sent funds and are no longer able to contact the “breeder” or “seller” then you may be a victim of theft, please contact your local police department to file a report for them to investigate.  You can read more about identifying puppy scams at the ASPCA and the BBB websites.

Q. When does the Wings of Freedom Tour return?

A. The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour returns every July.  Additional information is available on their site at: www.collingsfoundation.org/events

Q. Do you provide historical weather data?

A. No, you may obtain weather history from National Weather Services.

Q. Where is your lost and found?

A. Please contact Fort Collins-Loveland jetCenter at 970-667-2574.

Q. How do I schedule an introductory flight?

A. You may contact The Flying School or The New Leading Edge Flight Training to inquire about introductory flights.

Q. Can I arrange an Airport tour?

A. For tours we suggest you contact the following businesses: jetCenter, Leading Edge, and/or The Flying School (aka Colorado Contrails) to see about a possible partnership for your event.  You may find their contact information on our business directory page at: www.flynoco.com/home/about/business-directory.

For Airport operations and administration tours based on operational availability (high school and older) contact us at Airport@cityofloveland.org.

Public viewing is available from the parking lot on the north side of the terminal building.