Gary Kaufman sits in his office at the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Airport and thinks of ways to sell all this scenery. Just a few miles away from this vest-pocket-sized airport (elevation 6,455 ft) the massive granite buttresses of the Grand Tetons rise another mile and more into the sky.
This is a story about an airport in the American West surrounded by towering mountains, an airport nestled amid staggering scenic beauty and smack in the middle of an exclusive playground for celebrities and the quietly rich. It is also an airport beset with land-use issues, zoning fights and noise squabbles.
After a number of years of seeking airport approval, Jackson Hole Aviation recently renovated its customer lobby and added several new features to the FBO. Company v-p and general manager Bryan Burns said, “We opened up the whole facility interior to provide our passengers and crews with a more spacious seating area. Customers can now enjoy a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons while waiting for their flights.”