Friends of Granby Airport donates $5,000 for upgrade |

Friends of Granby Airport donates $5,000 for upgrade

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Grand County Commissioners pose with $5,000 replica check from the Friends of the Granby Airport, Inc. From left: James Newberry, Gary Bumgarner, Bill Hamilton, Jerry Teitsma, and Merrit Linke.
Submitted by Bill Hamilton |

On June 10, the Friends of the Granby Airport, Inc., donated $5,000 to the Granby/Grand County Airport to help the Grand County Board of County Commissioners, the FAA, and the Colorado Division of Aeronautics upgrade the current Automated Weather Observation System I to a state-of-the-art AWOS-III system. Friends of the Granby Airport President Bill Hamilton, and former Friends treasurer Jerry Teitsma presented the check for $5,000 to the members of the BOCC. This is the second such donation by Friends of the Granby Airport.

While the AWOS-I provided time, temperature, humidity, wind direction, wind velocity, barometric pressure and automatically told pilots the impact of temperature and humidity on aircraft engine performance (density altitude), the AWOS-I did not provide the distance from the runway surface to the bases of any clouds above the airport. Nor did the AWOS-I provide any horizontal visibility information.

When installed, the AWOS-III will add cloud-ceiling data and horizontal visibility. Having these two additional pieces of information will enhance aircraft safety. According to the most recent (2013) study commissioned by the Colorado Aeronautical Board, the total annual positive economic impact of the Granby Airport is: $2.3 million.

The information provided by the current AWOS-I and the future AWOS-III is available to everyone by simply calling 970-887-1803. While in the air, pilots receive this data on a discrete radio frequency. “When the AWOS-I was installed,” said Hamilton, “we chose 1803 as the telephone number because that was the year of the Louisiana Purchase and the year that eastern Grand County became part of the United States. Many pilots are history buffs, so 1803 is easy for them to remember.”

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