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AspenPitkin County Airport Overview and Analysis Bartlett Birk B uttler Valenta AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Executive Review AspenPitkin County Airport Table of Contents Description of the Airport History Ownership and Management Type of operations and based aircraft Based aircraft Terminal size design type passenger processing design Runway con guration ATCT hours of operations class Air carriers OperationsEnplanements Financial Performance FAA Form 127 attached as appendix Economic Environment Market size of area served Population Growth rate of area Per capita income Signi cant employers Signi cant geographic conditions Competitive Position Rivalry among area airports Threat of new entrants into the market Desire for growth at the airport Capital Improvement Plans ACIP Funding AIP PFC Bonds Airport Info Keeping pace with technological trends Noise and environmentalwildlife programs SWOT Analysis Conclusions amp Predictions for the future Appendix Works Cited 24 November 2010 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Description of the Airport History The Aspen Pitkin airport was founded by Walter Paepcke and John Spachner in 1946 as a public use gravel strip The first big user of the airport was the Aspen Institute who was the forerunner of Aspen Airways The first facility on the airport was a log cabin terminal building that was next to the gravel runway The Aspen Airport Corporation turned the airport over to Pitkin County in 1956 in order to be able receive federal aid in airport development This action led to quick development of the airport and runway AIRbase 2010 In 1957 the Civil Aeronautics Association and Pitkin County funded the initial construction of runway 1533 including a connecting taXiway and an apron The original construction built the runway to a length of 5200 feet and a width of 60 feet and in 1958 the airport was officially dedicated as the Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field Airport The runway was then lengthened to 6000 feet in 1963 and later in 1969 they widened the runway to 80 feet to accommodate larger aircraft During the same project they added on to the apron to make its total area 400000 sq ft The focus then turned to customer air service during the 1970 s and the County provided centralized passenger service The airport bought an area of land of about 29 acres to build a new terminal building and in 1973 the airport built an aircraft parking apron to serve the new terminal building In 1976 the rst terminal was built to a size of 17500 square feet and was the rst commercial building in the United States to use passive solar heating AIRbase 2010 In 1983 the runway went under its most recent reconstruction lengthening it to 7006 feet and widening it to 100 feet In 1986 and 1987 the terminal went under its most recent 4 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 reconstruction as well increasing the size to 37500 square feet and added in several accommodations including new vehicular access roadways The aircraft parking area was expanded in 1999 to allow for a greater number of aircraft to park at the airport AIRbase 2010 Ownership and Management Aspen airport is owned by thy Pitkin County of Colorado and is operated by the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners The chair of the board is George Newman and the vice chair of the board is Rachael Richards Other members include Patti KayClapper Michael Owsley and Jack Hat eld The City of Aspen and Pitkin County 2008 Each member is responsible for a certain district in Pitkin County and hold meetings twice a month to discuss certain issues including the development and sustainment of the airport The airport s management is split up into 4 departments administrative staff operations training safety and standards and facilities The airport manager is James Elwood who is the director of aviation and David Ulane and Francey J esson are the assistant directors of aviation Other administrative staff include Steven Schultz who is the office and properties administrator and B DeHerrera who is the accounting administrator The operations staff consists of Fil Meraz who is the operations coordinator and several operations officers which include Chris Savage Monique Widener Carlos Laverty Garrett Seddon Brett Fay and Timothy Burke Training safety and standards department has only one staff member who is Dustin Havel Scott Benesh is the airport facilities manager and Vinnie Oliver is the facilities supervisor AIRbase 2010 Types of Operations and Based Aircraft AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 The majority of operations at Aspen airport are air carrier commuter and general aviation with only a small percentage of military operations In 2009 there were 8359 air carrier operations 10247 commuter operations 21053 general aviation operations and only 127 military operations AIRbase 2010 There are 103 based aircraft on the eld that include single engine multiengine and glider aircraft AIRbase 2010 Terminal The terminal went under its last redevelopment in 1986 and 1987 to its most recent size of 37500 sq ft It is a simple type design with several customer accommodations that include a full service restaurant and bar courtesy phones rest room facilities a gift shop public telephones vending machines newspaper racks lockers airport administration offices various ground transportation providers and five rental car agencies AIRbase 2010 The terminal has one security checkpoint that allows passengers to enter the screened passenger holding room where passengers wait for their ight There are no enclosed passenger loading bridges so passengers have to walk onto the ramp to board their aircraft Forecasts of Aviation Activity 2003 Runway ConfigurationATCT Hours of OperationAir CarriersOperationEnplanements The runway went under its most recent reconstruction in 1983 to be lengthened to 7006 feet long and 100 feet wide Runway 1533 is the only runway on the airport with the hangars AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 tower FBO and terminal on the east side and the airport re station on the west side There are three air carriers that offer year round service to the airport which are United Express Frontier and Continental AIRbase 2010 In 2009 the airport enplaned 219678 passengers with 18606 air carrier and air taxi operations There were 19670 itinerant and 1413 local operations which totals 39786 total operations in 2009 AIRbase 2010 The tower is located behind the terminal that controls the class D airspace when it is in operation between 0700 and 2200 AIRbase 2010 The airport is closed to all traf c between the hours of 2300 and 0700 prohibiting ights in and out an hour after the tower closes and when the tower reopens the next day Airport and FBO Info 2010 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Economic Environment Market size and Population It is the 81st largest city in Colorado according to togetherweteachcom togetherweteach 2010 With a population of only 6671 in 2010 it is not one of the largest cities on a map Colorado 2010 Aspen is also pretty well diverse with gender as there are 535 male and 465 female City Data 2009 Aspen makes up part of Pitkin county which is only 14872 people strong in 2000 aspenpitkin 2010 The area of service for the airport has a population of 100675 and includes Pitkin Eagle and Gar eld county Forecasted Aviation Technology 2003 Although the population of Aspen itself is small it does not take into account the amount of tourist that come through the area Aspen is part of a very desirable ski destination and the size of the city grows every year during the ski season Every year about 3500000 people come to the Aspen Vail and Denver area for vacation Forecasted Aviation Technology 2003 Growth Rate Aspen has grown at a rate of 3 sense 2000 City Data 2009 This is a growth specific to the amount of people moving in Aspen Airport stated that its service area population has a 36 increase sense 1990 and predicts a growth rate of 219 through 2025 Forecasted Aviation Technology 2003 This is because of the growth rate of the surrounding counties An economic study was done about the airport and has shown a positive growth in terms of jobs Its employment has gone from 9699 in 1998 down to 9025 in 2003 to 11950 in 2008 aspenairport 2008 This shows that in the last 10 years this airport has helped create over 2000 jobs This means that more people y into Aspen causing more pilots to y them more maintenance personnel to x the planes and so forth AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Per Capita Income According to some reviews of the town the job market is not the greatest best places 2010 It is dif cult for many people to find jobs that will pay enough to support their cost of living The per capita income is 50622 with a household income of 62392 which is above the state average of 56993 City Data 2009 The need for the increased income is a necessity because of the cost of living there The average value of a single family home according to AOL realtors is 907454 AOL realtors 2010 The sad part about this is that the average value of a home dropped from 2988924 in January of 2010 down to the 907454 in May of 2010 That was a two million dollar value drop in just ve months AOL realtors 2010 Signi cant Employers Aspen is known for its wonderful skiing and snowboarding mountains which is a big part of the city s and county s employment opportunities Bradstreet 2010 With tourism being a large part of the city s economic stability many people work and enjoy working for Aspen Skiing Company the company that runs all four of Aspens ski resorts Aspen Snowmass Aspen Mountain Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain Bradstreet 2010 Other notable employers in Aspen are as follows 0 Aspen Pitkin County Airport 11950 employees aspenairport 2008 Aspen Skiing Company 3400 employees linked in 2010 Bank of America simpley hired 2009 no quanti able data listed Aspen Valley Hospital 250 employees avhaspen 2010 Colorado Mountain College 98 employees Stateuniversity 2010 The employment numbers of Aspen Pitkin Airport are a combination of many jobs According to the economic study of the aiiport the 11950 employees are anything from the parking enforcement and TSA AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 personnel to other government jobs associated with it and the employees for the airlines themselves aspenairport 2008 Geographical Conditions Aspen Colorado is a small mountain town located about 200 miles southwest of Denver and 130 from Grand Junction The city is situated on the southwestern side of the Rocky Mountains which runs through the Denver Co area It is tucked in on the west side of the mountain range south of the Roaring Fork valley and the Roaring Fork River It is covered by mountains on three sides the Red Mountains on the north the Smuggler Mountains on the east and the Aspen Mountains on the south The Airport is located on the northwest part of the city and to the west of the Smuggler Mountains City Data 2009 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Competitive Position Rivalry Among Area Airports and Threat of New Entrants AspenPitkin County Airport is a unique airport in embedded in the mountains of Colorado west of Denver It is west of State Highway 82 and East of County Road 12 Due to its remote location there is a lack of rivalry in the immediate area As well in our opinion there is a lack of threats of new entrants due to its mountainous location and the fact there are several minor airports in the vicinity of Aspen with only three posing a minor threat to their tourism business Vail Crested Butte and Denver It is reported that many other air carriers have expressed sincere interest in providing commercial air service to Aspen but lack the aircraft necessary to succeed in this niche market Forecasts of Aviation Activity 2003 However they believe that the runway extension will lessen the burden of the airline restrictions on the airport According to the Master Plan they have looked into looking into future aircraft carriers that manufacture the ERJ190 but until an airline shows interest in using the aircraft in Aspen and its operational capabilities they will not complete any accommodating expansions 2003 In relation to rivalry the Master Plan does lay out some vacation destinations that have proven as minor competitors to Aspen Eagle County Airport just west of Vail and GunnisonCrested Butte Regional Airport Vail is located approximately 35 miles to the northeast of the airport 102 miles and approximately 2 hours by automobile Crested Butte is approximately 20 miles to the southwest 173 miles and over three hours by automobile Inventory of Existing Conditions 2003 As you can see the airports are still quite a trek from one to the other unless you ew from one of their hubs in Denver Both of those airports along with Aspen are popular and well known ski and vacation destinations Crested Butte has seen somewhat of an increase in enplanements since 2008 In 2009 Crested Butte had roughly around 42130 enplanements which has risen from roughly 36000 enplanements Federal Aviation Administration 2010 The airlines providing service to Crested Butte are United American and Continental GunnisonCrested Butte Regional Airport 2008 Eagle 11 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 County s most recent enplanements are at 181666 a decrease from 212832 in 2008 Federal Aviation Administration 2010 The enplanements in Aspen were 216868 for the year 2009 with an increase from 213381 in 2008 Federal Aviation Administration 2010 The air carriers to Vail C0 are Delta American United SkyWest and Continental Airlines 2010 The high number of air carriers could provide for more future business to Vail causing more competition for Aspen they also offer more direct ights from Los Angeles Dallas Houston Miami Atlanta Chicago and New York with multiple other routes through Denver As well the Vail airport accommodates much larger commercial business jets Route Map 2010 According to Aspen s Master Plan Aspen has already lost 19 of their traffic to Vail due to more providers and 20 to Denver based on guests staying overnight at AspenSnowmass that used alternate transportation from those airports Forecasts of Aviation Activity 2003 Denver does pose a threat to Aspen being a four hour drive west but it is hard to compete with the fth airport in the nation with 24013669 enplanements in 2009 Federal Aviation Administration 2010 Still most people prefer the direct ight through Aspen without navigating mountainous terrain in the winter by car Growth at the Airport AspenPitkin County Airport faces some struggles when trying to expand any portion of the airport Aspen is currently included within four zoning designations three from the county and one from the city The areas on the eastern portion of Highway 82 has been sold commercially and is a proposed housing area for an upwards of 330 homes in the distant future As well the southwestern portion of the airport across County Road 12 has been designated as a reserved ski area Inventory of Existing Conditions 2003 However Aspen is doing its best with the space allocated According to the Airport Master Plan of Aspen in the ConceptAlternatives and Development Plan the airport has already starting implementing plans prepared in 2001 for the East Side Infrastructure Development The key proponents of the ESID are to relocate the parallel taXiway as well there are 96 12 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 parking space located in the FAA Specified Runway Object Free Area Development Program 2003 The work in progress includes a centerline separation of 320 feet from 221 feet from the taxiway to runway This is to create what they believe to be a safer distance from the taxiway to the runway Completed and partially completed work of the ESID is to relocate the 96 parking spots and reconstruct the parking area near the main terminal Other options that were discussed were the moving of the control tower ATCT but they decided to keep that on the north side of the airport in the master plan due to the cost of research required to move a tower Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 The second major plan of the Aspen Airport is expanding their runway by 1000 feet to the South used only for takeoffs to the north This will maximize the distance that aircraft would have to stop if a takeoff needed to be aborted and in the winter months would allow for a longer distance for aircraft to stop in the event of an emergency Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 A longer takeoff distance would also bene t the current eet of passenger service aircraft by allowing them to operate with higher payloads However due to its location parallel runway and FAA and local ordinance requirements the aircraft must remain within a 95foot wingspan with 100000 pounds The takeoff space and landing distance for Runway 15 would stay 7006 x100 and the distances for Runway 33 would become 8006 x100 for takeoff and 7006 for landing Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 Paved shoulders are also proposed for the runway to make snow removal easier The shoulders will be 25 feet in width and will be located on both sides of the runway Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 In extension to the runway the localizer antennae will have to be relocated no further than 1000 feet from the new runway end It should also be noted that although Aspen is interested in a precision approach as growth towards the airport In the past it has not been able to be accomplished due the mountainous terrain but Aspen is looking at installing new forms of technology to accommodate a GPS or lLS approach which will be a small building andor short antennae as to not distract from the mountain landscape Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 13 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Concerns that arise from the extension are more noise towards the south end of the taxiway This would relate to the housing units southeast of Highway 82 the bike trail near the southern portion of airport property and the Buttermilk Ski Area base facilities Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 It is projected to remain within the appropriate decibel limits however with Aspen s curfew noise is a very large concern for this quite mountain tourist destination As a counterpoint though the noise on the northern end of the airport would be reduced Aspen also wants to extend its terminal and add a possible light rail system or underpass for pedestrians that have to cross Highway 82 Passenger Terminal Area Development 2003 Their three proposed terminal updates mainly focus on passenger needs such as an outdoor waiting and greeting area and parking for the design aircraft of aspen the BAe l46 The airport would like to install a two story parking garage but they do not want to distract from the small mountain town feel by obscuring the view The airport also needs room for excessive baggage storage because of weather related cancellations and the luggage that is held as a result With its space constraints Aspen also has its large mechanical equipment spread throughout the airport and requires a 4800 sq ft storage facility With the existing airport terminal being 44000 sq ft it is undersized by 40 to the 73000 sq ft the airport really requires Passenger Terminal Area Development 2003 The potential projects are forecasted to take 20 years to evaluate and completed with three alternatives being considered Alternative One is builds a new twolevel concourse and hold room area constructs new ticketing and concessions to the south constructs a temporary baggage claim area in the old ticket lobby demolishing the old baggage claim construct a new baggage claim where the old one once was and extend the passenger hold room and concourse Passenger Terminal Area Development 2003 Alternative Two creates a second level passenger concourse and demolishes the existing terminal building and extend the parking apron to the east constructing landside improvements by constructing rental storage Alternative Three expands the baggage operation to the west and north adds additional in line baggage screening and expands airline office space to the north Passenger Terminal Area Development 2003 Alternative Three is the cheapest at 20 million with One and Two costing 33 14 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 35 million However alternatives one and two would be more bene cial and betting in the long run because of the more modernized updates Passenger Terminal Area Development 2003 Planning is still in the early stages as the airport is more focused on runway and apron improvements as well there are many concerns with the airport distracting from the natural beauty of Aspen Funding Aspen was able to receive a large amount of federal funding for its airport expansion projects According to a recent post from their congressman in July of 2010 AspenPitkin County was able to receive a 12 million grant to help complete the project John T Salazar 2010 As well in the scal year 2009 they were awarded with 647224 to put towards the third phase of runway expansion Federal Aviation Administration 2010 As far as entitlements Aspen has 19 million in primary entitlements Federal Aviation Administration 2010 In the AIP for FY 2009 Aspen was also awarded 1080570 to update the study of their Master Plan and 3530636 to rehabilitate their apron and to help with the relocation mentioned earlier Federal Aviation Administration 2009 On the negative side as per the FAA form 127 the Aspen has an operating loss of 3145329 with an indebtedness of 1557997 and they do not have any bonds Federal Aviation Administration 2009 However a large portion of their expenses has been towards the various constructions project at the airport and they should begin producing a pro t after major projects such as runway and apron construction are complete Aspen is also using their Passenger Facility Charge PFC to its fullest extent According to the AspenPitkin Airport website they are continuing to impose the maximum amount of 450 as a PFC on passengers with a total anticipated revenue impact of 1640955 AspenPitkin County PFC PDF 2009 The PFCs earned from the year 2009 were 837524 Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Projects to be included by the PFCs are runway plow replacement of Continuous Friction Measurement Equipment CFME replace their snowblower and develop a capital and related nancial plan AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 The runway plow is also being upgraded after 20 years and PFCs are anticipated to cover the full 491675 AspenPitkin County PFC PDF 2009 The CFME produced by Saab has a reliability issue and has proven dif cult to nd repair parts for it after 20 years The cost to replace this is 150000 to be paid for in full by PFCs AspenPitkin County PFC PDF 2009 The replacement of the 10 year old snow blower will cost 700000 and will also be paid in full by their PFCs AspenPitkin County PFC PDF 2009 The nal portion covered by PFCs for 2010 goes towards administration fees implementation of a capital plan and related financial plan which is estimated to cost 28000 AspenPitkin County PFC PDF 2009 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Airport Information Technological Face The Aspen Airport strives for technological excellence and has been working to keep their local and iterant passengers content Free wireless internet for their passengers is provided which has become the industry standard for airports throughout the country Airport Wireless Internet Access Guide 2010 One of the areas where Aspen has not met technological trends is in their passenger boarding system The majority of commercial enplanements are performed in the winter months during peak ski season The lack of ability to board passengers directly from the terminal to aircraft brings passengers outside onto the tarmac Due to the high volume of noise complaints in the Pitkin County area AspenPitkin County Airport has developed an online noise reporting system The system has a visual security veri cation that prevents hackers from developing programs to submit constant automatic spam complaints which would otherwise render the system useless Aspen Airport 2010 Pitkin County expects their airport to operate as environmentally friendly as possible In the winter months deicing of aircraft is standard process for both commercial and general aviation aircraft The airport has constructed a Glycol Containment System which prevents the dangerous chemicals associated with aircraft deicing from reaching the county s sewage system Drainage from the airport s tarmac is routed into a holding tank for safe disposal at a later date The system can be bypassed in the summer months when deicing does not take place GPS is no longer a new development but is still the largest development in aviation navigation history since radio navigation Nataional Air Intelligence Center WrightPatterson AFB 1996 Many small airports have seen the development of instrument approaches without the need for ground based navigation equipment AspenPitkin County Airport has only partially taken advantage of this technological breakthrough Their current array of instrument approaches includes only two options a 17 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Circling Localizer approach and a Circling VOR approach with a GPS overlay There is no option to y a standalone GPS approach This translates into relatively high requirements when ying into the airport Airlines which show competence in their ight operations have been allowed to develop GPS approaches which allow them to y a straight in approach with lower weather minimums For an airport which services a large amount of technologically advanced private jet aircraft it is a large disadvantage The area in which AspenPitkin County Airport is situated does not have GPS monitoring station coverage which disallows Wide Area Augmentation System WAAS approaches This however does not restrict the use of LNAVVNAV approaches Noise Programs Airport noise is a major issue for Aspen County It is a vacation area where tourists and locals alike enjoy many outdoor activities and look for seclusion in nature Although AspenPitkin County Airport is not a large airport the disposition of the residents whether tourists or locals is that of discontent with aircraft noise The Fly Quiet Program established by the airport in 2002 has reduced noise in the neighboring communities The Fly Quiet Program studies noise levels in the surrounding area and pinpoints aircraft with high noise level outputs Operators which make use of quieter aircraft are praised in reports and community meetings whereas those operating loud aircraft are frowned upon In the 2009 report they praised three speci c operators that retired aircraft that didn t meet the requirements of Fly Quiet Operations The program strives speci cally to phase out Stage 2 aircraft which is a national initiative which previously succeeded in the commercial aircraft industry and is now turning to general aviation aircraft The Fly Quiet Program has succeeded in decreasing the area inside 55 DNL DayNight Noise Average Sound Level by over 1000 acres over a nine year period starting in 2000 Congruently the percenng of Stage 2 corporate jet operations has decreased from over 12 of all operations to just over 3 of all operations Contributing to this drastic noise level improvement is the development of new more efficient and consequently quieter aircraft The Stage 2 retired aircraft are 18 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 most often replaced with newer versions of the same model aircraft Gulfstream 111s are replaced with Gulfstream IVs for example The Barnard Dunkelberg amp Company Team 2010 Environment Programs Three bird strikes at the AspenPitkin County Airport led to the start of a wildlife hazard assessment which cost 140000 The airport received a grant from the FAA which covered all but 7000 of that cost The preceding bird strikes which all occurred in the same month in 2009 were not reported to cause problems for the involved aircraft Urquhard 2010 The FAA mandated study turned up results which were no cause for change of operational protocol AspenPitkin County Airport was found to have no endangered wildlife or plantlife species in the area It was found to have a signi cantly large wetland area in the southern portion of the airport inside property boundary lines This area however does not affect development projects The Barnard Dunkelberg amp Company Team 2009 AspenPitkin County Airport has built a wildlife fence around the property which includes a corridor for ushering big game off airport property when necessary As outlined in the report very few big game species are found in the airport environment and bird strikes are not a normal occurrence Urquhard 2010 SWOT Analysis The SWOT Analysis outlines the strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats of AspenPitkin County Airport Strengths and weaknesses are intemal to the airport and opportunities and threats are external The SWOT Analysis helps to identify areas for development improvement and sustainrnent AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Strengths Weaknesses close proximity to Aspen Skiing Company terrain restricting approaches and resorts departures to head on procedures many itinerant operations lack of straight in approach Opportunities Threats waiting list for general aviation hangar and Eagle County Airport apron space 0 Denver International Airport paired with 0 GPS technology ground transportation Strengths AspenPitkin County s close proximity to Aspen Skiing Company s resorts such as Aspen Snowmass Buttermilk and many others creates an in ux of passengers for vacation Activities around the airport include hiking skiing and other outdoor activities Passengers y in on commercial chartered and private aircraft to enjoy the activities offered by Pitkin County The airport accommodates over 3500000 tourists annually Forecasts of Aviation Activity 2003 Itinerant operations make up 92 of all operations at the airport This number can be attributed to the airport accommodating a signi cant number of business and touristrelated aircraft operations and experiences very little general aviation ight training activity The number of itinerant operations is likely to remain high Forecasts of Aviation Activity 2003 Weaknesses The terrain surrounding the airport allows only for approaches from a northerly direction This greatly decreases operations especially during IFR conditions Not only are delays a consideration but AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 aircraft safety also The lack of coverage from Denver Center creates delays in departures and arrivals into the airport for IFR ights Inventory of Existing Conditions 2003 No straight in approaches to this airport means higher weather minimums Currently there are only two straight in approaches approved Those approaches are only allowed for commercial operators that have been approved by the FAA General aviation aircraft must resort to using circling approaches provided by the localizer or VORGPS overlay Inventory of Existing Conditions 2003 Opportunities A waiting list exists for hangar space availability for general aviation aircraft at AspenPitkin County Airport This waiting list shows the need for expanded hangar space for these aircraft with little nancial risk of undertaking this endeavor Patio shelters have been constructed to appease this need but have not fully met the needs of customers Inventory of Existing Conditions 2003 GPS approaches can accommodate straight in approaches at airports without the need of ground based navigational equipment General Aviation aircraft currently have no ability to y instrument approaches unless ceilings are at or above at least 2100 feet and in the case of many of the jet aircraft at least 2200 feet The advent of a straight in GPS approach could accommodate general aviation IFR arrivals a lower minimum ceiling Inventory of Existing Conditions 2003 Threats A survey done in 2003 by the Aspen Skiing Company reported the percentage of overnight guests that used an airport other than AspenPitkin County Airport An estimated 19 of overnight guests utilized Eagle County Airport when bound for an AspenSnowmass destination The same survey estimated another 20 of overnight guests ew to Denver and then drove to AspenSnowmass Eagle County Airport is home to a 9000 foot runway that can accommodate Boeing 757 jets and consequently direct ights from DallasFt Worth Over 90 of Eagle County s annual Enplanernents are from ski AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 season enplanements compared 60 of AspenPitkin County s annual enplanements coming from ski season enplanements Forecasts of Aviation Activity 2003 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Conclusions and Predictions Conclusions AspenPitkin County Airport has experienced growth in terms of enplanements from 2008 to 2009 The growth percentage of enplanements for both commercial and general aviation operations in the most recent data compilations is 163 The growth rate has decreased from previous years but is still above the national average As a vacation destination the VailSnowmass area will attract visitors and the airport will be needed to deliver their transit needs The community s adverse disposition for growth will continue to force the airport to nd a balance between growing the airport to meet passenger needs and maintaining a small under the radar image to the surrounding community The airport has been able to accommodate the needs of the Aspen and Pitkin County communities The constraints placed on the airport by the community have been taken in stride which allows the airport to continue providing the level of service requested by airport operators Developed areas such as Aspen and other small communities have been bothered by aircraft operations but the advent of technology producing quieter aircraft has helped quell the complaints of the community Corporate growth around the airport has led to a small above average increase in the number of off season corporate aviation operations The slowing economy has shown little impact on the number of general aviation operations which have also been increasing over the past years United Airlines has supplied the basis of commercial operations at the air eld Other airlines such as Delta have come and gone and even more airlines have expressed interest in operating to AspenPitkr39n County Airport but do not operate equipment to meet the high altitude environment of the airport Predictions AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 AspenPitkin County airport has expressed the need for growth in small areas such as terminal improvements and general aviation parking which seem possible It would seem that over the next few years the airport will grow in these small areas but major expansion of the airport environment will be virtually nonexistent in the community s eyes It would be a step forward for the airport to increase its use of a standalone GPS approach for use by general aviation operations Furthermore the addition of general aviation parking both in hangar space and apron space would greatly increase the capacity of the airport during peak seasons The growth in enplanements and operations outlined in their latest airport master plan will not be met however there will continue to be above national average growth in both commercial and general aviation operations growth It should be the airports directive to sustain their relationship with the community and continue to work for coexistence The airport is a strong asset to the tourism industry in the area Working through the noise constraints of the pristine environment has helped the airport survive and continuing to do so will aid both the surrounding area and the airport itself The future of the airport is stable with no cause to believe that a decrease in operations will occur The main challenge over the next few years will be capturing the general aviation opportunities that exist which will result in positive impacts on the AspenPitkin County Airport AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Works Cited Alease 2010 Aircraft Report Retrieved November 20 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcompdfaircraftreportpdf Alease 2010 Airport History Retrieved November 20 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcomgeninfoasptype3 Alease 2010 GeneraAviation Services Retrieved November 18 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcomgenaviationoverviewasp Alease 2010 Passenger Report Retrieved November 17 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcompdfpassengerreportpdf Alease 2010 Staff and Departments Retrieved November 19 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcomgeninfoasptype1 Alease 2010 Terminal Services Retrieved November 19 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcomhomeasptype4 Airlines 2010 Retrieved November 10 2010 from Fly Vail httpfyvaicomindexphpoptioncomcontentampviewarticeampid10amptemid12 Airport and F30 Info 2010 Retrieved November 19 2010 from FItPIan httpwwwftpancomAirportlnformationASEhtm Airport Wireless lnternetAccess Guide 2010 July 16 Retrieved November 21 2010 from Travel Post httpwwwtravepostcomairport wireessinternetaspx AOL realtors 2010 5 Retrieved 11 20 2010 from Aspen Colorado Real Estate httpreaestateaocomAspenCOreaestate Aspen Airport 2010 November Retrieved 11 20 2010 from Report Noise httpwwwaspenairportcomhomeasptype6 AspenPitkin County PFC PDF 2009 Retrieved November 6 2010 from AspenPitkin County Airport httpwwwaspenairportcompdfpfcpdf aspenairport 2008 Retrieved 11 20 2010 from aspen pitkin economic study httpwwwaspenairportcompdfEconomicmpactStudypdf aspenpitkin 2010 Retrieved 11 14 2010 from I I 39 39 39 httpwww I 39 39 39 mmLivingin theValleyDemographics avhaspen 2010 Retrieved 11 20 2010 from Aspen Valley Hospital avhaspencom best places 2010 Retrieved 11 20 2010 from Sperlings Best Places httpwwwbestplacesnetcityAspenColoradoaspx Bradstreet K 2010 april 9 Transworld Business Retrieved november 18 2010 from Transworld Business httpbusinesstransworldnet34694newsaspenskiingcompanynamedonbestplaceto workIist City Data 2009 Retrieved november 6 2010 from City Data httpwwwcitydatacomcityAspen Cooradohtm Colorado 2010 Retrieved november 19 2010 from Colorado httpwwwcooradocomAspenaspx Concepts Alternatives and Development Program 2003 November Retrieved November 6 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcommasterpan0520Concepts 20Aternatives20and20Deveopment20Panpdf 25 AspenPitkin County Airport 24 November 2010 Development Program 2003 November Retrieved November 6 2010 from Aspen Airport httpwwwaspenairportcommasterplan0920Development20Programpdf Federal Aviation Administration 2010 Airport Improvement Program AIP Retrieved November 6 2010 from httpwwwfaagovairportsaip Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Aviation Financial Reports Retrieved November 10 2010 from httpcatsairportsfaagovReportsreportscfm Federal Aviation Administration 2010 October 13 CY09 Commercial Passenger Boardings Retrieved November 20 2010 from Passenger Boarding Enplanement and AllCargo Data for US Airports httpwwwfaagovairportsplanningcapacitypassengerallcargostatspassengerindexcfmyearal Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Grants Awarded by FY2009 Retrieved November 6 2010 from httpwwwfaagovairportsaipgranthistoriesmediafy2009aipgrantspdf Forecasted Aviation Technology 2003 Retrieved 11 21 2010 from aspen airport httpwwwaspenairportcommasterplan0220Forecasts200f20Aviation20Technologypdf Forecasts ofAViation Activity 2003 November Retrieved November 15 2010 from Aspen Airport 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