With three major storms in three weeks (and winter far from over), the Denver area has not only had its share of snow this season but seems also to be hogging all the snow that many other areas of the U.S. expect. Ski slopes in parts of the Northeast U.S. have no snow base to speak of and have rarely reached temperatures low enough to make snow.
IFR special traffic management programs (STMP) are in effect during the ski season at three Colorado airports (Aspen, Eagle and Rifle) during these dates: February 15 through February 20 and March 15 through April 3. The daily STMP start/end times this year begin each day at 8 a.m. MST and end at 6 p.m. MST to help align the STMP with sunrise/sunset times, since many operators are unable to operate outside daylight hours.
The city of Pueblo, Colo., has announced additional programs to transform the Pueblo Memorial Airport and adjacent Industrial Park into a flight and aviation maintenance educational complex. Among recent developments, Doss Aviation, headquartered in Colorado Springs, has been awarded an Air Force contract to provide annual flight screening for between 1,300 and 1,700 students, who will live and train at a facility at Pueblo’s airport.
Premier/West Star expects to complete an extensive interior and exterior renovation of its FBO lobby this month, and is set to break ground on a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar at its Walker Field location in Grand Junction, Colo.
For co-owner and general manager of Aspen Base Operation Cliff Runge, it’s been quite a run. He bought into the FBO at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (aka Sardy Field, ASE) in 1984 and last month closed on a deal to sell the facility to Trajen FBO Network, the growing FBO chain backed by private equity firm CapStreet.
On June 30, Perfect Jet Travel launched per-seat, twice-weekly scheduled charter service between Aspen, Colo., and Dallas and Aspen and Burbank/Los Angeles using business jets. Perfect Jet said all seats are sold on a one-way basis at $1,750 each. Dallas-based Bombardier JetSolutions or another vetted Part 135 charter provider operates the actual flights. Perfect Jet is headed by Dennis Keith, who is also president of Bombardier JetSolutions.
Just in time for this year’s ski season, Rifle Air has acquired Corporate Aircraft Services and The Rifle Jet Center, the two existing FBOs at Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colo. The operation will continue under the name Rifle Jet Center. This acquisition gives the now-consolidated FBO a total of more than 80,000 sq ft of heated hangar space.
Immaculate Flight, a nationwide aircraft detailing company, has announced it is expanding its aircraft cleaning and detailing services into the Colorado Springs and Denver area this month. Complete detailing services will be offered at Colorado Springs Municipal, Jeffco, Centennial and Front Range airports. The company offers its services 24/7 and currently operates cleaning stations in 13 states.
The sole Sport-Jet prototype crashed while taking off from the Colorado Springs Airport on June 22. Company president Bob Bornhofen told AIN that the very light jet single was substantially damaged, though pilot James Stewart and occupant John Welty suffered only minor injuries.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will close from April 9 through June 7 next year for runway resurfacing with grooved asphalt. Other safety improvements to the airport will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, but these won’t involve closures. After the runway is reopened there may be occasional closures of a maximum of two days while runway markings and pavement sealers are applied.