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Doctors, nurses ask Jefferson County officials to take action on leaded aviation gas at Rocky Mountain airport

By Luke Zarzecki, The Westminster Window A group of doctors sent Jefferson County commissioners a letter and a petition signed by 35 health care professionals asking the elected officials to act on leaded fuel at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.  The call to action comes as RMMA ranks 63rd on the top 100 lead-emitting airports […]

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Spirit still prefers takeover bid from Denver-based Frontier Airlines over JetBlue

By David Koenig and Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Spirit Airlines said Monday that it still supports Frontier Airlines’ $2.9 billion takeover bid for the airline, saying it was more likely to win regulatory approval than JetBlue’s competing $3.6 billion offer. Spirit said antitrust regulators are unlikely to approve JetBlue’s offer because of JetBlue’s alliance with […]

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Scrutiny intensifies over Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport’s future plans

A community group and neighboring municipalities asked the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to pump the brakes after the airport published a draft of a new strategic business plan The airport identified about 200 acres of land where it can develop new facilities to help keep up with future industry demands. For the airport’s many neighbors […]

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Pilot appears to have been flying too low in mountains near Aspen before deadly crash

The pilot of a small airplane that crashed near Aspen earlier this month appears to have been flying too low for the tall mountains surrounding the resort town when he crashed, killing himself and another man.  A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the Beechcraft Bonanza was flying at an altitude of […]

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Federal court dismisses Centennial Airport’s challenge to FAA’s NextGen flight paths

In what may serve as an anticlimactic end to a years-long dispute between metro Denver governments and the Federal Aviation Administration, a federal court has dismissed Centennial Airport’s challenge to the FAA’s plan to reroute airplane traffic in the Mile High City. “I think frankly the court punted on this — didn’t want to touch […]

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Victims in plane crash near Centennial Airport identified as Georgia couple

Colorado authorities have identified two people who died in a small plane crash south of Denver as a husband and wife from Jonesboro, Georgia. The Douglas County Coroner’s Office says 65-year-old Kathleen Velazco and 73-year-old Antenor Velazco were killed when their single-engine propeller plane struck an electrical line on approach to Centennial Airport and crashed […]

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Aspen airport passenger arrivals are down more than 50% from last year

By Alex Hager, Aspen Public Radio The pandemic took a heavy toll on Aspen’s tourism industry during the December holidays, usually the airport’s busiest time of year. In the two-week period around Christmas, the number of arriving passengers at Aspen-Pitkin County airport was down 53% from the year before. During the same winter holiday period […]

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With winter travel to Colorado resort communities very unclear, airlines are showing “unprecedented” flexibility

By the end of a typical September, skiers are booking flights and planning winter vacations. And resorts that depend on those jet-setting skiers — like Aspen, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride and Vail — are seeing hotel reservations filling up by the arrival of fall.  But this is not a typical fall. Nor was it a […]

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Loose fuel hose blamed for causing fiery, deadly plane crash near Northern Colorado Regional Airport

A deadly plane crash near Northern Colorado Regional Airport last year was likely caused by an engine fire, the National Transportation Safety Board has found.  The agency said in a probable cause crash report that the blaze started because of a loose fuel hose on the twin-engine, propeller Beech 60 being flown by Thomas Lawson, […]