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Flying high

Dear Editor:The Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport hosted a fly-in on Sept. 17. It was a great success. The local remote-controlled airplanes put on an impressive display that delighted people of all ages. There were children’s activities, airplane balsa wood and plastic giveaways, and an ultralight display, so fun was had by all. Many people came to see the new hangars and environmentally friendly resurfacing of the runway. The new surface has won an environmental award for the city and is on display at City Hall.There was a drawing for many door prizes, donated by the Hotel Denver (a night’s stay, pool pass), Alpine Bank (Avalanche tickets and a laptop carry case), the Tramway, the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool (pool passes), Stewart Title (really nice coffee mugs and sunglasses covers), a Thunderbirds poster, and Energy Connections (a one-hour massage). Many thanks to Randy Kempton at Premier Aviation and Dick Weinberg for their donation of some scenic flights. The colors were spectacular, and since it is a very beautiful area to fly around I am sure the flights were enjoyed.Many thanks to all the efforts of the airport committee: Chris Simms, Jill Peterson, David Merritt, Paul Hamilton, Steve Shute and the Rotary Club for the delicious pancake breakfast. The Colorado Department of Transportation, aviation division, has a wonderful program that it sent with Darci Wert, and the children had a great time participating. A very big thank you to the Glenwood Post Independent for co-sponsoring this event. It was their advertising that brought the community out in the largest crowd ever.I really began to appreciate the community involvement in the airport and the support of the local pilots and aviation related people. Thank you all for keeping the spirit of the airport alive and well. Stephanie StanfieldAirport Advisory Board vice chairwomanGlenwood Springs

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