Corporate operators can expect fewer delays at Colorado’s Craig, Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Rifle Airports this winter since the Colorado DOT has purchased and installed a $5.7 million Sensis multilateration system to track aircraft well below the mountain-affected line of sight of distant FAA secondary surveillance radars (SSR).
Traffic at Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colo., has grown rapidly, according to airport executive director of aviation Dennis Heap, due to seasonal closings of airports in the metropolitan Denver area and because Front Range offers “a low-cost and low-congestion alternative to the region’s primary commercial airport in Denver.” Front Range Airport has two 8,000-foot runways, heated hangars, aircraft maintenance and an FBO with catering, on-
West Star Aviation has taken over maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE). The company has located two full-time maintenance technicians there, with Jim Benninger taking the position as Aspen airframe team leader. In addition, due to the close proximity to the company’s Grand Junction facility, it can staff the ASE operation as required to meet work demand.
Aspen Jetride, the charter operator that acquired the assets of Aspen Executive Air (AEXJet) after AEXJet filed for bankruptcy protection last year, has ceased operations and surrendered its operating certificate, according to an FAA spokesman. Aspen Jetride, formerly known as Jetride, finalized the AEXJet acquisition in January. The company was originally known as Pinnacle Air until it purchased Columbus, Ohio-based Jetride in 2006.
Aspen Jetride, the charter operator that acquired the assets of Aspen Executive Air (AEXJet) after AEXJet filed for bankruptcy protection last year, has ceased operations and surrendered its operating certificate, according to an FAA spokesman for the Southwest region. Aspen Jetride, formerly known as Jetride, finalized the AEXJet acquisition in January and added “Aspen” to its name in April.
The volume of general aviation arrivals for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver was less than predicted, according to Denver-area FBOs serving the turbine-powered fleet. As a result, the Special Traffic Management Plan (STMP) that Denver Tracon prepared for the event had not gone into effect by the start of the convention.
ExxonMobil has donated $500,000 to St. Mary’s CareFlight in Grand Junction, Colo., to help the hospital expand its landing pad and hangar. St. Mary’s serves Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. The new helipad will be located atop a new, 12-story patient care addition. �
The volume of business aircraft arrivals for the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week has been less than predicted, Denver-area FBOs serving the turbine-powered fleet have reported. Levels have been so low that the FAA’s special traffic management plan for the event had not gone into effect as of this morning.
While much of the business aviation industry remains mired in a slumping economy, Air Culinaire has just expanded to a new location in Signature Flight Support at Memphis International Airport, bringing to 85 the total number of airports served by the Arlington, Va.-based caterer.
FlightSafety International and CAE SimuFlite have separately introduced a four-hour course to meet the FAA’s new training requirements for pilots who want to use the recently published Localizer DME Runway 15 approach for Aspen Airport, Colo. The FAA requires pilots to receive two hours of ground instruction and two hours of simulator time.