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.
Pitkin County, Colorado
Aspen Avionics on December 19 revealed that it has been forced to delay deliveries of its Evolution primary flight display (PFD) until March due to unexpected problems with environmental qualification testing. Aspen had planned to begin deliveries of the PFD late last year, and 240 authorized avionics dealers have ordered “huge, scary numbers” of the units, according to Doug Cayne, Aspen vice president of marketing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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