The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will launch a TSA PreCheck program on Feb. 14 to allow qualifying passengers to pass through security more quickly. Program participants, who must pay $85 to join for five years, are allowed to go through security without removing shoes or belts or having to take laptops from carrying cases. Aspen was one of just over 100 U.S. airports to qualify for the program.
County commissioners voted Wednesday for a 5% increase in landing fees at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado for both commercial airlines and private aircraft. Charging landing fees for GA has been a long tradition in Aspen. "I think when I flew in here as a private pilot in 1978, they were charging landing fees," said Jim Elwood, the airport's director of aviation. "It was a philosophical decision to have all users of the airport help fund it."
Colorado's Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will receive a full-body scanner this spring. The scanner will have advanced imaging technology and display only a generic image of travelers. Meanwhile, airport improvements will start this spring, including the building of a connector between the airport taxiway and the runway.
Commissioners in Pitkin County, Colo., heard plans on Tuesday for Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen. Airport officials presented four scenarios for general-aviation operations at the airport. However, some commissioners questioned the need for larger operations for private jets.
Jim Elwood, the aviation director at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colo., may fly the coop for a position in Spokane, Wash. Elwood is one of three finalists for an airport director position in the Pacific Northwest. Elwood said that "the opportunity in Spokane would provide me an opportunity to further develop the professional skills and abilities I've gained while at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport."