Aspen-Pitkin Airport on list of difficult landings, gets respect from pilots |

Aspen-Pitkin Airport on list of difficult landings, gets respect from pilots

Honeywell Aerospace pilots talk about tough places to work

In a survey of Honeywell pilots, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is ranked as one of the most difficult to get in and out of.
Anna Stonehouse, Aspen Times

According to a survey of pilots for Honeywell Aerospace, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is one of the most difficult to fly into, along with Telluride Regional Airport.

A report published this week by Bloomberg News cited Honeywell Aerospace, a major aircraft avionics producer that’s part of Honeywell International Inc., which compiled a list some of the most challenging U.S. venues. The list isn’t ranked in terms of difficulty, but Aspen-Pitkin County is widely known to pose a massive workload for aviators, and got a special nod from more than a dozen Honeywell pilots who were polled.

Among others where the approach and landing can regularly be a hassle: Juneau, New York’s LaGuardia, Washington’s Reagan National, and San Diego airport.

At 9,070 feet, Telluride is the highest-elevation commercial airport in America. It also features 1,000-foot cliffs on both ends of the runway and strong vertical turbulence during winter months caused by the mountain winds.

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