Jerry Teitsma – Emily Howell Warner well known in aviation circles
To the Editor:
I am one of the pilots at the Granby Airport, I would like to encourage the renaming of the airport to include Emily Warner’s name.
As a pilot, I have nothing to gain by this renaming. However, as a pilot, I am more aware than general citizenry about the nature of her accomplishments.
Much as Hank Aaron broke the color barrier in baseball, Emily broke down barriers to become the first female captain of a major airline. It was not easy – it took persistence and a thick skin to thrust herself into a man’s world. Today, female pilots have a much easier time.
She is known and respected nationally for her accomplishments but just as importantly, she is well known within the Colorado and Granby pilots associations. If not Granby, I predict that her name will be used to honor another airport in Colorado.
But, why not Granby? This has been a home to her for many years and I suspect that she is as close to a national aviation hero as Granby will ever have.
Denver airport, DIA, is named after Jeppesen, a man who pioneered the printing of navigation aids for pilots in the early years. Chicago O’Hare is named after Butch O’Hare, a famous military aviator. Kremmling Airport is named after McElroy for his generosity with land donation for the airport.
Let’s not lose this opportunity to add Emily Warner’s name to the Granby Airport’s name. It would be an honor for Granby and for Grand County.
Jerry Teitsma, RRC, RRO, CCCA
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