News Release #0
Friends Of The Crested Butte Airport, Inc.
PO Box 1230, Crested Butte, CO  81224
Tel/Fax 800-663-5374
Carlo Cesa: 303-905-7540
Friends-Of-The-Crested-Butte-Airport Present FORUM at EAA AirVenture, Resist Airport Closure and Shortening Of Runway
July 30, 2001, Crested Butte, Colorado — Friends Of The Crested Butte Airport are participating at the EAA AirVenture 2001 and announce a Fly-in and Safety Seminar for Saturday, August 25, 2001 to be held at the Crested Butte Airport (3V6). Field Elevation 8,980 Ft. MSL.
Crested Butte is a small resort town between Gunnison and Aspen in Colorado. The Crested Butte Airport was approved as a public use airport and built in 1975. The majority of the flights operating at the airport are medical evacuations.
In a recent alliance, the Gunnison County Commissioners and a Real Estate Developer joined forces in trying to shorten the runway by approximately 500 feet claiming to improve flight safety. The County Commissioners also decided to restrict the usage of the airport to a maximum of fifteen local pilots.
Because of the high airport elevation of almost 9000 feet (above Mean Sea Level), and the thin air, any shortening of the runway would instead greatly decrease flight safety and create a constant safety hazard.
Several pilots filed a complaint against County decisions. The recently incorporated Friends Of The Crested Butte Airport is promoting flight safety and community awareness with youth programs.
EAA AirVenture Forums:
Day Date Time Location Title
Monday 7/30/2001 11:30 AM AOL Pavilion 2 Saving a Mt. Airport From Closure
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