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A failure to communicate

Dear Editor:

Without question, the Aspen airport can be one of the most difficult airports in the country to land on and take off from throughout the year. Weather plays an enormous part in our ability to come and go. It would seem that, being tender to the issue, those in charge of air transportation would use every conceivable ability to make travel as easy as possible.

In the last couple of days there have been a series of flight cancellations due to lack of an operating antenna. This has produced great inconvenience, frustration and no little angst among many passengers. One group of 10 people missed a pre-wedding party this past weekend due to having to return to Denver on their Aspen flight. Why couldn’t it have been avoided?

In every important mission, three factors have to be involved: anticipation, a sense of urgency and attention to detail. Were these three necessities invoked before the shut down? Apparently not. It would seem, from a layman’s view, that precautionary and alternative and timely measures could have been taken. Couldn’t the revisions for a new antenna have been accomplished before the dismantling of the original? Couldn’t there have been fair warnings well in advance of the negative possibilities for flights? The FAA, or whomever is in charge, did not perform well in this instance.

Anticipation is a great key to success. What’s going to happen before it happens? “Only The Paranoid Survive.”

Ron Harris


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