NCAR News Release
NCAR Media Advisory: Low-Altitude Research Flights To Begin over Front Range Next Week
NCAR Invites Reporters to Jefferson County Airport
NCAR Research Aviation Facility
BOULDER – This Thursday, April 29, reporters are invited to the Jefferson County Airport 10:30 a.m. to noon to interview scientists, pilots, and engineers involved in the Airborne Carbon in the Mountains Experiment (ACME) planned for the Front Range this May and July.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), University Colorado at Boulder, and Colorado State University, along with other institutions, are participating in the experiment, designed to measure carbon dioxide uptake and emission over mountain forests. During the field program, NCAR’s C-130 research aircraft will conduct low-altitude flights over the Front Range.
The media visit will begin with a short briefing from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the conference room of NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility (see map), followed by a question and answer session (10:45 to 11:00). After the briefing reporters may interview researchers and film and tour NCAR’s C-130 aircraft, which will be on site in the hanger outfitted with instruments to be used during flights.
Reporters may accompany the scientists on research flights during the project with prior permission. Please contact Anatta to arrange a flight. B-roll of the C-130 taking off will be available Thursday.
C-130 Flight Schedule and Paths
Heading out at sunrise from Jefferson County Airport, the C-130 will travel along a 30-mile arm from Winter Park east to Longmont and around a 71-mile oval loop from Idaho Springs north to Allenspark (see map), carrying a belly full of specialized instruments. The aircraft will retrace the pattern again between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. the same day, flying as low as 1,000 feet above the ground in some places and rising to 16,500 feet in others. The pilots expect to fly four or five days in May and the same number in July. One trip in May and one in July will head south to sample carbon dioxide above the Hayman burn area southwest of Denver.