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Research Flights Over Front Range Part Of A Bigger Air Quality Effort
For four weeks starting July 15, NASA will be flying two airplanes, each equipped with a number of sensors, over the Denver area. Jim Crawford is the principal investigator for NASA's flight campaign, an experiment called DISCOVER AQ. The long-term goal of this campaign is to learn how to accurately measure air quality from space, via satellite, he said
"We'll be flying as low as 1,000 feet, which means we'll be easily noticeable," he said. "But you won't see us for long because at that altitude once we go over we're out of sight pretty quick."
The National Center for Atmospheric Research is also flying its own plane, a C-130, at the same time for a research project focused on ozone. The ability to have three planes taking simultaneous air quality measurements will help scientists better understand air pollution in the area, said Gabriele Pfister, a principal investigator on the NCAR project.
Scientists know that ozone, which can hurt human health and diminish crop yields, is caused by chemicals like nitrogen oxides and volatile organic chemicals reacting with sunlight to form the pollutant. They are less sure, though, which sources of pollutants – whether it be agriculture, oil and gas, or fossil fuel combustion, or some combination – are responsible for ozone forming.
"If we know what are all these different factors, how do they play together, we can find ways to most efficiently address the problem and achieve cleaner air in the Front Range," Pfister said.
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B-29 Superfotress and the Commemorative Air Force
Fort Collins-Loveland Airport (FNL) will host 'FIFI,' the last B-29 Superfortress still flying. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is comming to our airport July 24th - 27th. 'FIFI' will be accomlpanied by the C-45 Expeditor training aircraft. Members of the CAF will be on hand to give cockpit tours and answer questions about both aircraft.
Come down and join us for this memorable expreience. Schedule and ticket information can be found at the AirPower Squadron Website, www.airpowersquadron.org, or Click Here.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 marks the 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Aviation Expo (formerly Light Sport Aircraft Expo) at the Fort Collins/Loveland Airport. This year’s Expo will have something for everyone. Not only will the newest Light Sport Aircraft be there, but a variety of Experimental aircraft and the Classics of General Aviation will be on display including some warbirds and helicopters.
In addition, AOPA will present a town hall meeting with President Mark Baker over the lunch period. AOPA Air Safety Institute representatives will offer seminars in the morning and afternoon.
Fort Collins – Loveland Airport Completes $2.8 Million Pavement Rehabilitation Project
The Fort Collins – Loveland Airport (FNL), has recently completed a $2.8 million Federal, State and locally funded apron pavement rehabilitation project. The goal of the project was to rehabilitate 60% of the existing aircraft apron, which is used for a variety of activities including private and corporate transient aircraft parking, long term outdoor aircraft storage, refueling and aircraft servicing, accommodation of diverted commercial aircraft, medical flight transfers, disaster recovery efforts, air carrier operations, or even the occasional Presidential visit. FNL is a public use airport that is owned and operated by the Cities of Fort Collins and Loveland in Northern Colorado.
The apron rehabilitation project focused on areas of the apron that had last been paved over 35 years ago, and was a high priority for repair. Funding for the project came through multiple sources including a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling $1.5 million, a grant from the State of Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics of $1 million, and $193,000 in airport capital project funds. The funding sources used for this project were generated through a variety of airport related usage fees collected from aviation activities.
The improvements were designed not only to repair the aging infrastructure, but to enhance airport safety and improve the ability to accommodate the heavier commercial and corporate aircraft that are now frequenting the facility. Safety enhancements were made to aircraft parking areas and taxi lanes and which now provide aircraft with more clearance when transitioning through the apron area. The project has also improved the airport’s capabilities for the safe accommodation of heavier aircraft through the installation of reinforced pavements. FNL has seen an increase in usage from larger corporate aircraft and from airlines that divert from Denver International Airport during inclement weather conditions. Commercial air carriers will fly into neighboring airports such as FNL for a temporary refueling stop in order to safely allow weather related hazards to clear that can temporarily disrupt traffic flow in Denver. In the past the airport used steel plates to park aircraft to keep tires from sinking into the relatively thin asphalt pavement surfaces. Steel plates although functional are difficult to use, and can be a safety hazard to ground personnel.
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Finds Silver Lining in Allegiants Departure
Officials at Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) were understandably befuddled when Allegiant Airlines pulled out of the Northern Colorado airport last October after a decade of service there.
Inbound and outbound aircraft were often nearly full, and FNL had recently rehabilitated its primary runway and expanded its terminal to accommodate increased passenger traffic. ReporterHerald.com, the online arm of Loveland’s daily newspaper, chronicled the association between the airport and discount carrier, including news that after Allegiant’s first full year of service between FNL and Phoenix, FNL ranked in the top 10% of the fastest-growing U.S. airports.
Comparing Ft. Collins-Loveland (FNL) and Colorado Springs (COS)
The Ft. Collins - Loveland Airport (FNL) recently prepared some demographic metrics between themselves and Colorado Springs Airport. The airport analyzed a 30 mile radius around each. Both cities share a similar experience in their proximity to a large hub airport. The results are available in the file below.