News Release #2
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 Association Sets Record For Number Of Aircraft Parked At Avion.
August 28, 2001, Crested Butte, Colorado — Friends Of The Crested Butte Airport Open House sets record attendance and record number of aircraft parked at the CB Airport Avion ramp. An estimated 300 people and more than 50 aircraft participated.
During the Wings Safety Program, Denver FAA Manager Monty Taylor and FAA Safety Counselor John Cameron both stressed the prerequisites of safe mountain flying and how the runway length requirements increase with elevation.
"Medical evacuation aircraft and fire bombers would need all of the runway... I thought it was a great turnout". Said Mark Hawkins who flew his Cessna Skywagon from Mesa, Arizona.
"It is a great airport and deserves support from the community," said Ken Snow from Boulder. In addition, numerous pilots were pleased to learn that there are no landing fees, contrary to misinformation that has been circulating. "I thought the CB airport was private use only and the public was not welcome" said Joel Kiester from Westcliffe.
Vintage airplanes such as the Boeing Stearman, bush aircraft such as the DeHavilland Beaver, helicopters, biplanes as well as homebuilts such as Vans Aircraft were all to be seen last Saturday at the Crested Butte Airport off Brush Creek Road. Free flights were offered to young aviation enthusiasts, an education program offered by the EAA Aviation Foundation.
One of the latest technology business aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 was on display and people were able to sit in her glass cockpit or in any of her eleven seats.
The Colorado Division of Aeronautics publishes the positive economic impact Colorado Airports contribute to local communities. Though the Crested Butte Airport was not part of the last study due to the current problems the airport faces, comparative examples show that similar small airports contributed a significant dollar amount to the local economies:

Airport Location

Airport Impact on Local Economies

Direct Airport Earnings

Jobs Created

Salida, CO

$ 1.4 million



Buena Vista, CO

$ 2.3 million



La Junta, CO

$ 1.9 million



Las Animas, CO

$ 2.5 million



Leadville, CO

$ 1.6 million



Granby, CO

$ 1.7 million



Steamboat, CO

$ 7.3 million

$ 2.4 million


Durango, CO

$ 110.2 million

$ 37.4 million



Source: Economic Impact from Colorado Airports (1998), Colorado Division of Aeronautics, DOT.

For more information contact Carlo Cesa at 970-349-0495 or 303-905-7540 (mobile).

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