Eclipse Aviation and Aspen Avionics last month settled a patent dispute over the AT300 hazard awareness display. Under the settlement agreement, Eclipse dropped a competing patent claim in exchange for 1 percent of Aspen common stock. The VLJ maker had contended that Aspen cofounders Peter Lyons and Jeff Bethel developed the AT300 product while they worked at Eclipse and, therefore, the patent for the product should belong to Eclipse.
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On Monday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will be closed to all inbound and outbound traffic for runway rehabilitation. The $11.9 million project includes repaving the runway, installing conduit for a runway sensor system that will allow installation of pavement temperature sensors and runway grooving. The runway was last repaved in 1983.
Co-owner and general manager of Aspen Base Operation Cliff Runge expects to close on a deal today or tomorrow to sell the FBO at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (Sardy Field) to Trajen FBO Network, the growing chain backed by private equity firm CapStreet. The Aspen location would be the 18th for Trajen.
The FAA plans to evaluate a new and less restrictive special traffic management program (STMP) this year to manage operations at Colorado ski-country airports, including Aspen-Pitkin, Eagle-Vail, Montrose, Garfield-Rifle and Telluride.
The 54,000-sq-ft former Learjet maintenance facility at Denver International Airport has been acquired by Denver-based Aviation Development Group, which plans to lease it in whole or in part to corporate aviation interests. The property includes 19,250 sq ft of office space and 34,750 sq ft of hangar area. Bombardier Aerospace vacated the premises a couple of years ago as part of a company-wide consolidation.
Roger Engel, a ferry pilot with Broomfield, Colo.-based Pilatus Aircraft, recently completed his 100th transatlantic crossing in a PC-12. Starting in Bern, Switzerland, Engel made stops in Prestwick, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Iqualuit and Thunder Bay, Canada, before completing the journey in Denver. Total flight time was 21 hours and 18 minutes.
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.