The Longmont Years: 2012-2013 Airport Master Plan success, and plans to move

This is the final installation of the long and winding road of our activities while residing in Longmont, Colorado.  We pick up in early 2012 where we’d already talked about and even came close to moving 6 years prior, but I had one last piece of unfinished business before we left:  coming full circle back to the Vance Brand Airport, where it all began. Continue reading…

Longmont Airport’s future more secure with recent developments

With the unanimous approval by Longmont City Council of the new FBO (Fixed Based Operator) at Vance Brand Airport, the future of the airport becomes that much more secure, probably to the chagrin of those that have endlessly tried to undermine the airport for the last 20 years.   Continue reading…

Longmont Airport complaints go “Hitlerian”

This is just too good not to share:

Before anyone asks, no, I didn’t create this video – although I think it’s brilliant.  I like the fact it’s personalized for Longmont, even with a phone call to “Tim”, our airport manager.  Now, if they would have put Hitler in overalls or made him a female…

3/25/12 Times Call Opinion: “Approve Longmont Airport Master Plan”

(As printed in the March 25, 2012 Times Call Opinion page)

In the March 13 Times-Call, it was reported “Airport officials have said a longer runway would let Vance Brand serve more of its aircraft more of the time. At Longmont’s elevation, a hot summer day can make it difficult for some planes to take off when fully loaded.”

I’d like to add, despite what I hear repeatedly from NIMBYs, the runway extension isn’t just for billionaire jets. Continue reading…

Councilman McCoy’s idiocy hits new heights

Sean McCoy – ignoramus especial

When you are following the law, lets say driving your car, do you consider that “exerting” your rights?  Exercising perhaps – but in the dim view of Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy if you are a pilot following FAA guidelines and even Longmont’s own Noise Abatement Procedure, you are barely this side of a felon and/or harasser. Continue reading…

McCoy’s behavior an insult to all citizen advisory boards

Something occurred at the October 26, 2010 Longmont City Council meeting that should trouble citizens and members of advisory boards.  Councilmember Sean McCoy gave a public brow beating to Airport Advisory Board chair Howard Morgan.  It’s the same thing he does, repeatedly, to Longmont Area Economic Council president John Cody. Continue reading…

Not “flawed”, but CARE-less

For those of you that don’t receive the print edition of the Longmont Times-Call, you missed a barn burner of a Longmont City Council meeting on October 26th.  For some odd reason, it wasn’t in the online edition, which probably would have started a flame war in the comment section anyway.  Allow me to fill you in… Continue reading…

Quelling an anti-airport jihad

Been enjoying some time offline and off the grid in the great outdoors, boy do we live in a great state.  But the frantic phone calls and emails worrying I’ve left the scene are a bit premature.  The latest is the ongoing ranting from our anti-airport expansion friends.  With the increasing noise, from them, you’d think that the airport has already expanded tenfold and noise levels are at near-DIA levels.  I’ll give them this much, they have the propaganda skills to ratchet things up incrementally to get casual observers possibly even believing them.  Unfortunately, for them, many of us pretty good BS detectors. Continue reading…