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CO Parks & Wildlife prepares fish for their first (and last) flying lesson.
The emergency exit door is tested prior to loading.
Captain gives the fish some cool refreshing water and their preflight briefing. Surprisingly, none knew how to operate a seat belt.
The fish are milling prior to security screening. Special escorts were arranged for unaccompanied minnows.
Operation Flying Fish
Airplanes take flight every day at the Fort Collins-Loveland airport, but this week some of the passengers were fish. Colorado Parks and Wildlife used two of their specially equipped Cessna 185’s to transport hundreds of small fish at a time to remote alpine lakes. These lakes are so cold that fish have difficulty reproducing as fast as anglers catch them. While some lakes can be stocked using tanks mounted on trucks or mule saddles, travel time limits this method to only a few lakes per day. Airplanes accelerate the stocking process for sub-catchable fish (less than 10 inches in length) in remote alpine lakes; up to 100 lakes per day. This short flight not only saves time for the workers, but also reduces temperature shock for the fish during the transfer.
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.