The Federal Aviation Administration has thoroughly evaluated the extension from a safety standpoint, said John Bauer, airport district office manager for the agency in Denver. The only issue that arose in its review was the line of sight from the airport tower to the end of the longer runway, he said. It is being addressed with the installation of closed-circuit cameras rather than a higher tower. The necessary tower would be roughly three times as high as the existing one.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Extension of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport runway won unanimous approval Wednesday from Pitkin County commissioners following a lengthy discussion of the project’s merits.Commissioners concluded that adding another 1,000 feet on the south, or upvalley, end of the runway would improve the efficiency of commercial operations at the airport and could improve safety, as well.They declined to hold off on a decision while running the project past the Public Safety Council, a group of 14 local agencies, despite Sheriff Bob Braudis saying that that step, though unusual, was missing. Land-use applications aren’t typically sent to the council for review.
By Janet Urquhart, July 15, 2010, Aspen Times

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