The aviation industry represents an important, growing facet of Jefferson County’s diverse industry base. The county has the second-highest concentration of aviation companies in Metro Denver, making up 18% of the region’s total.

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

The driving force behind the county’s aviation industry is the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA). RMMA is one of the busiest airports in Colorado, averaging over 125,000 operations each year.  Located along U.S. 36, RMMA is the closest airport to Denver’s central business district and the city of Boulder. A 24-hour U.S. customs office, hangar space for corporate jets, charter service, and on-site meeting space in the airport terminal make it an attractive amenity for the business community. RMMA supports 2,760 jobs with an annual payroll of more than $153 million, and creates $460 million in economic activity each year.


Local Industry Snapshot

Direct and Indirect Jobs



$12.6 billion

Annual Output

$36.7 billion

Annual Taxes

$1.1 billion

Jeffco’s Aviation Industry Cross Section

Pilatus logo

Heliqwest logo

Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd is a subsidiary of The Pilatus Group based in Switzerland. The subsidiary in Broomfield, Colorado was founded in 1996. About seventy percent of all PC-12s that come off the production line in Stans, Switzerland are finished to customer specifications (interior and exterior livery) in Broomfield. They are also responsible for PC-12 marketing, sales and servicing activities in North and South America.

HeliQwest is an International Helicopter Charter Company specializing in external load and specialty operations, including Seismic, Aerial Harvesting, Inspection and Surveillance, Mapping, Photography, Survey, Forest Fire Suppression, General Transport and more. Using state-of-the-art equipment like Differential Signal Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) combined with their specialists, they can place seismic or other equipment in remote locations without the need for expensive and environmentally damaging seismic cut lines or drop zones.

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