netjetsintl From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 593 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 2818 times:
I think the plan is to extend the runway from 7000ft to 10000ft, correct?
The airport's altitude is 7800ft, I wonder if the G-550s or/and Glogal Express will be able to reach Europe non-stop from there once the ruwnay is extended? is that the idea behind the runway extension?
wingnutmn From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2495 times:
A longer runway still won't help single engine climb performance to escape the valley in an emergency. So if this runway extension is just for the rich to get in and out to further destinations, I would chalk this up to a waste of money! I am pretty sure that any airplane that can operate in Aspen, already does. Is it really that much of an inconvenience to fly to Denver, or Grand Junction?
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United787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3215 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
Quoting wingnutmn (Reply 3): Is it really that much of an inconvenience to fly to Denver, or Grand Junction?
I think EGE is the next closest and about an hour and a half, not too bad alternative.
Politics and money aside, some questions on the logistics:
Are the extending both ends or just the south end?
How are they dealing with Highway 82? Wasn't it just upgraded and widened itself? Will they relocate it east or put it under the runway? The grade drops off steeply to the river so I can't imagine how all of this is going to work without some serious grading.
It seems that when they are done, although they will have a lot more runway, you won't want to miss or runoff the runway on the south end as you will end up dropping down a huge ravine...
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22789 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
Quoting wingnutmn (Reply 3): A longer runway still won't help single engine climb performance to escape the valley in an emergency.
ASE is murder on climb requirements if the weather is bad, and a longer runway isn't really going to help that. I'd bet that the reasoning behind the runway is to give OO a little extra leeway to work with when the winds are blowing from the south - having even a light tailwind on the current runway means massive weight restrictions.
Quoting United787 (Reply 4): I think EGE is the next closest and about an hour and a half, not too bad alternative.
EGE has some nasty climb gradient requirements also. Best refuel stops are GJT going west and the Denver area going east.
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