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Pilot killed in small plane crash in western Colorado

The plane took off from Blake Field in Delta County on Monday morning and was headed to Rock Springs, Wyoming

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United Airlines sees a supersonic future, orders planes from Colorado-based Boom Supersonic

The airline said Thursday that it plans to buy 15 jets from Boom Supersonic with an option for 35 more once the start-up company designs a plane that flies faster than the speed of sound while meeting safety and environmental standards

Business

A rural Colorado high school’s aerospace class is paving the runway for a new generation of pilots

Calhan Public High School students recently took a field trip 1,000 feet above the ground, escorted by pilots wanting to open their eyes to a career in aviation.

Education

Colorado-based Global Supertanker, the world’s largest firefighting plane, is shut down as fire season begins

The Global SuperTanker is a converted Boeing 747 plane that can dump up to 19,200 gallons of water or flame retardant in just six seconds

Wildfire

Colorado competes with other states for wildfire-fighting aircraft. Climate change makes that a big problem.

Lawmakers have signed off on spending tens of millions of dollars to bolster Colorado’s access to fire-dousing planes and helicopters. That’s crucial as blazes grow bigger and more plentiful -- and erupt beyond summer.

Wildfire

Exam finds multiple cracks in part of United Airlines jet engine that exploded over Denver

The Pratt & Whitney engine had been used on 2,979 flights since its last inspection, the NTSB said

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The likely reason why a United Airlines plane’s engine exploded over Denver

The situation raises questions over long-held assumptions about how long fan blades last and whether they are being inspected often enough

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United Airlines temporarily grounds 24 planes following catastrophic engine failure over Denver

The aircraft that are being removed from United's service have Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines

Business

Colorado attorney general asks for federal investigation into Frontier Airlines’ coronavirus flight-change policies

The request comes as the U.S. airline industry is reeling from the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis. Hundreds of jobs are at risk in Denver.

Business

You’ve seen those massive jets fighting Colorado’s wildfires. Meet the pilots who get “down and dirty” flying them.

A pair of DC-10 widebody jets from New Mexico dump 10,000 gallons of retardant in a single trip as part of an expanding, quick-strike aerial strategy.

Wildfire

Are the days of the Boeing 747 — the jumbo jet — over in Denver?

British Airways’ announcement that it is retiring the four-engined, humpbacked airplane means Lufthansa is the only airline flying to the Mile High City that uses the 747. But even they are unsure about the big plane’s future.

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Why a global fight over airplane manufacturing is affecting wine lists in Colorado restaurants

A 25% tariff on wines from France, Germany and Spain was supposed to make Boeing more competitive against Airbus. But it has mostly caused havoc for wholesale wine businesses and their restaurant customers.

Culture

Airlines flying empty planes to small Colorado airports plead for OK to cut service

Colorado's mountain tourist destinations are siding with airlines on temporary cutbacks, but they're fearful long-term loss of service. The airlines are making the ask despite pocketing federal coronavirus relief funds.

Transportation

Frontier Airlines wanted to charge passengers to keep the middle seat open. Then came the coronavirus backlash.

“We recognize the concerns raised that we are profiting from safety and this was never our intent,” Frontier CEO Barry Biffle said late Wednesday.

Business

Pilot of plane that crashed in Colorado mountains, went undiscovered for months blamed for fatal wreck

Quentin Aschoff, a 67-year-old from Bend, Oregon, died in the wreck of his single-engine Cessna 210 on April 4, 2018, near Alma

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Norwegian will launch a Denver-Rome flight in 2020. But will passengers actually get to fly on one of their Dreamliners?

Norwegian has been using Wamos, a Spanish charter airline, to cover dozens of its flights out of Denver because of problems with the budget carrier’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 aircraft

Business

Pilot disorientation caused deadly crash near Centennial Airport that left engine lodged in home, NTSB rules

The National Transportation Safety Board said 67-year-old Robert Marquis probably lost control of the Cirrus SR22 he was flying

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What Denver International Airport looked and felt like Friday on its busiest day ever

The Colorado Sun spent 9 hours at DIA talking to airport employees and passengers -- and going behind the scenes -- to figure out what the droves meant

Growth

BLM will move 27 jobs from Washington to Grand Junction, 54 more to Lakewood as part of HQ relocation

While the job number for Grand Junction might not be eye-popping, the people who are slated to move there are top-level brass

Politics and Government

Witnesses say airplane was on fire before deadly crash in Loveland, marking Colorado’s first 2019 aircraft death

Thomas Lawson, a 69-year-old Golden man, died in the Beech 60 airplane crash near the Northern Colorado Regional Airport

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