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Hamilton – Grand County has unique opportunity to rename Granby Airport

To the Editor:The Central Region of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pleased to join with the Colorado Chapter of the 99s (the International Organization of Women Pilots), The Colorado Pilots Association, the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, the Living Legends of Aviation Organization, the Colorado Aviation Historical Society, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1267, and the Friends of the Granby Airport Inc. in support of renaming the Granby/Grand County Airport to include the name of Colorado’s most famous female aviator and Grand County’s own, Emily Howell Warner.Becoming the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a scheduled U.S. airline was just the first of Emily Howell Warner’s aviation records. She led the first-ever, all-female, airline crew and was the first woman to be designated by the FAA to be a federal flight examiner.Space does not permit a complete listing of the myriad aviation accomplishments which have elevated her into the Living Legends of American Aviation, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, just to name a few.Renaming airports for famous persons is a no-cost way of attracting tourism and national media attention and, for that reason, is a fairly common practice. For example, Chuck Yeager Airport in West Virginia, and John Wayne Airport in California. With the local airport now in first-class condition, Grand County has a unique and historic opportunity to include one of the Living Legends of American Aviation in the name of that airport.Bill HamitonAOPA Central Region Representativefor CO, WY, ND, SD and NE

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