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915 County Road 23
Leadville, CO, 80461
United States

(719) 486-0307

Leadville-Lake County Airport's website.


High Altitude Testing

Leadville is ideal for

High Altitude Testing

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Very helpful and responsive people.
— Bell Helicopters

Testing operations

KLXV is the ideal location for aircraft performance testing as well as international testing.  Given our designation as North America's highest airport, aerospace companies and the military use LXV for high altitude performance testing.

Some of the companies that have utilized the airport include:

  • Bell Helicopters,
  • Airbus/Euro copter
  • Boeing
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Bombardier Learjet
  • Korea Aerospace Industry
  • AgustaWestland Helicopters
  • and many more!

The testing includes power management, engine operation and various aerodynamic affects at high altitude. The heliport also has a certified tether pad utilized by the helicopter flight testing operators. The airport also would be an ideal testing location for UAV development.

Our modern facilities include a brand new heated hangar available for rent. We also offer office space, services such as GPU use, Forklift operators, and aircraft tugs.  To see a more complete list of what we can offer your company and the fee’s for those services please see out Rates and charges.

Training operations

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Due to the high altitude of our airport, we make for an ideal location for high altitude and mountain flight training. The Colorado Army National Guard High-Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS), based out of nearby Eagle, Colorado, is a frequent user of the airport. They train multiple branches of military for safely conducting high altitude operations, with an emphasis on power management.