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FAA official to discuss equipment problems affecting Aspen airport

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A Federal Aviation Administration official will make an appearance at Aspen City Hall on Thursday at 3 p.m. to discuss ongoing problems with navigational equipment that has affected operations at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

FAA Regional Director Bob Kitson is scheduled to meet with community leaders about the issue. The meeting will take place in City Council chambers.

The localizer, located atop Aspen Mountain, shut down at about noon Wednesday. FAA technology operations staffers are troubleshooting the problem and expect to return the antenna array to operation by Saturday, according the agency.

Clear weather forecast through Saturday means the shutdown should not impact air travel into Aspen, the FAA said.

The equipment, located at the top of the Buckhorn ski run on Aspen Mountain, is used by pilots flying on instruments in the event of a missed approach, when they circle around for another attempt to land. It works in tandem with other equipment located at the airport.

The FAA recently replaced the equipment in what became a month-long project. The localizer has automatically shut itself down twice since it was put back into operation.