Denver ARTCC

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Denver ARTCC (1962-Active) - One of 22 FAA Air Route Traffic Control Centers in the United States. Established in 1962 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado. Assigned an FAA ID of ZDV. Active FAA Air Traffic Control Center.

Denver ARTCC Complex 2019.


The original Denver ARTCC was commissioned on 1 Mar 1942 and was located at the Denver Municipal Airport with a small staff of 12 Air Traffic Control Specialists.

The current facility, located at 2211 17th Ave, Longmont, Colorado, was completed in 1962 and in 1998 added a new DSR control room. On 23 Dec 2011 the En Route Automation Modernization program (ERAM) replaced the original HOST computer for all flight plan processing and automated coordination between facilities. The Denver Center (ZDV) covers a part of the Western service area.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system of 24 FAA Area Control Centers, 20 in the lower 48 United States, one in Alaska, one in Hawaii, one in Puerto Rica and one in Guam. The system operates with radar data provided by FAA radar sites, DoD radar sites, and other federal agency radar sites. These centers provide en route and oceanic services to private, commercial, and military aircraft overflying their respective control areas. As aircraft enter or exit from one control area to the next, responsibility for the aircraft is transferred to the gaining ARTCC. Voice communication between aircraft and the ARTCCs is supported by a network of ground-air radio sites often co-located with the radar sites.

The gathering of radar, beacon and other sensor data are now largely automated and continuous, but the actions necessary to control the airspace are conversational and require some 14,000 FAA air traffic controllers talking directly to pilots in the air and on the ground at terminals. This number does not include military air traffic controllers.

The Denver ARTCC encompasses some 266,000 square miles of airspace over portions of nine states including; Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. In addition to numerous regional airports, there are TRACON/Approach Controls at Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Casper, Cheyenne, and Ellsworth AFB at Rapid City. Adjacent En Route Centers include Minneapolis ARTCC, Kansas City ARTCC, Albuquerque ARTCC, Los Angeles ARTCC, and Salt Lake City ARTCC.

The Denver Center has six areas of specialization. Five out of the six areas have low and high altitude sectors, but uniquely, Denver Center has one area that specializes in low altitude mountainous terrain. This area was designed to work aircraft in and out of the airports that service ski resorts.

Denver ARTCC (ZDV)
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 1,764,984 FY2016
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 1,819,597 FY2017
Operations Rank 14/24 FY2017
En-Route Air Traffic Controllers 263 a/o 17 Sep 2016
Airspace Area (sq miles) 266,000

Denver ARTCC Radar Sites (edit list)
FAA JSS NORAD Site St_ Equip_ Status Origin GPS ARTCC Notes
ZQPK Z-212 Denver
Mode S
Active 39.59417,
ZDV *√
ZGJT Z-215 Grand Junction CO CARSR
Mode S
Active 39.63861,
ZTAD Z-222 Trinidad CO CARSR
Mode S
Active 37.54694,
ZGUP Z-221 Gallup NM CARSR
Mode S
Active 36.07583,
ZLBF Z-217 North Platte NE CARSR
Mode S
Active 40.83278,
Mode S
Active 42.59389,

Current Status

Active FAA facility in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado.

Location: 2211 17th Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501.

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.18731 Long: -105.12707

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  • Elevation: 5,073'

GPS Locations:

See Also:


  • Denver ARTCC Welcome Guide
  • Administrator's Fact Book, Federal Aviation Administration, May 2019, archived 4 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • 2017-2026 Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan, Federal Aviation Administration, 2017, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Air Traffic by the Numbers, Federal Aviation Administration, 2018, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Computer system to Improve air safety unveiled in LA, The Napa Valley Register (Napa, California), 11 Mar 1988, page 20, archived 7 Jul 2019.


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