Aspen airport offers behind-the-scenes tours
ASPEN – The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will offer a series of behind-the-scenes tours to the public this spring.
Jim Elwood, aviation director at the airport, will lead a tour of existing facilities and explain potential future developments that are being considered as part of a master-plan update for the airport. Participants will get a chance to see everything from the equipment required for snow removal to baggage-handling operations and the energy system that powers the airport complex.
“It’s important to me that community members have the chance to personally experience our inside, day-to-day airport operations, to visit the places they wouldn’t normally see at the airport and also to give feedback about the future of the airport,” Elwood said in a statement.
The tour-group sizes are small, so participants will have the chance to ask questions and offer feedback. Tours will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on May 10, 15, 16, 17 and 24 and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 16 and 23.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Bernal at email@example.com or 970-429-2852.
Elwood also is hosting a series of neighborhood and community small-group meetings this spring about the master-plan update in order to educate residents about the planning process and potential improvements and to gather community input. Several such meetings already have taken place.
Community members who would like to schedule a meeting with Elwood for their neighborhood homeowners association, civic or professional group should call Pat Bingham, county community relations director, at 970-920-5204.
The master plan will allocate space at the airport for possible future improvements, including the terminal, parking, rental-car facilities, aircraft storage and general aviation. More on the master-plan work that has been done to date
is available at http://www.aspenairportplanning.com.
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