Make a good airport a great one
May 27, 2012
Jim Elwood conducted a public Aspen-Pitkin County Airport tour on Wednesday in connection with a master plan now under review. It was very impressive and informative for the two locals who attended – me included.
Elwood was very gracious with his time. As with most things Aspen, Sardy Field is unique, innovative and poised to be an even better facility. There was no editorial or positions taken as we toured the entire airport. The four adults and two young people thoroughly enjoyed the operations building on Owl Creek and got to climb around the firetruck, the friction truck and the huge plows.
Teachers – think field trip. The facility is outstanding. Sardy is the only airport so far approved to have and use a sophisticated video system for the tower to use monitoring the takeoff end. This saved the need to build a much higher tower. The natural landscaping and other assets are taken for granted. Our collective hats were off to airline and Transportation Security Administration personnel who work in the guts of the very old terminal. It is no longer quaint but clearly outdated, not green, inefficient and far too small – forget compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The field is uneven in the terminal area with the valley floor grades. So when the new terminal is built, the operations will work much better. If the new terminal is half as excellent as the operations center, it will be a winner. Size and style might be the debate, but not the need to build.
I would encourage people to go on a really cool tour. Thanks again to Elwood.
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