The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognized Denver International Airport (DEN) with a 2016 Regional Administrator Aviation Partnership Award for the airport’s partnership and work with the agency’s NextGen and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs.
This fall, DEN partnered with the FAA to evaluate emerging technology that could one day help airports detect UAS that could be hazardous to manned aircraft.
Last year, DEN implemented a regional working group made up of representatives from local airports, the FAA and regional law enforcement agencies to help explore procedures, rules and best practices for managing drone activity near commercial airports.
DEN also participates in AirMap’s Digital Notice and Awareness System, which allows UAS operators to provide airports with real-time digital information about the location of their flights.
NextGen is an umbrella term for the FAA’s ongoing transformation of the National Airspace System. DEN says it has been developing, testing and implementing NextGen flight procedures since 2010.
DEN touts itself as the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the sixth-busiest airport in the U.S.