Leadville News – September 21

Fall Colors Fly-In at Airport on Saturday

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22 the Lake County Regional Airport will host its 10th Annual Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast, starting at 7 a.m. So, if you love airplanes and small-town airports, tomorrow is a great time to check out all of the upgrades and meet the new staff at North America’s Highest Airport in Leadville!


The 10th Annual Fly-In/Drive-In will be held on Saturday, Sept 22. The fall colors set the backdrop for the planes, as visitors get a rare, up-close view of an airport in motion. Photo: Leadville Today/Danielle Orcutt.

For the past ten years the Leadville Airport has invited pilots and the public to fly-in or drive-in to the Lake County-owned facility, to see what services it has to offer, as well as display the airport upgrades to residents.

This successful program not only offers regional pilots the thrill of seeing the fall colors at their peak, but also having their “passports” stamped, from North America’s Highest Airport! And the benefit to Leadville kids – and aviation enthusiasts – is significant as they get a chance to see airplanes taking-off and landing in an up-close setting.  And that’s something that doesn’t happen in many places in today’s post 9/11 world.

Lake County Public Works, which manages the facility under the county umbrella, and the Leadville Airport crew will be serving up a delicious plate of breakfast fare, including pancakes and sausage for only $6, starting at 7 a.m. Attendees can also meet the new staff: Aaron Winberry and Thadeus Mata. The event runs until 10 a.m., so get there early to see all of the planes arriving and taking off. If you missed their July 4th BBQ event, tomorrow’s a good time to show your support of these community-oriented events.

In addition, this year airport officials have joined forces with the regional airport in Garfield County to create the Rock Mountain Fall Fly-In, providing pilots with an added incentive. Not only will Leadville offer them breakfast and a tour, but they will also be greeted at the Rifle Airport with a FREE BBQ lunch, along with the opportunity for some aerial photography, and a tour of the facility from 11 a.m. – 3 p.mFall Fly-In Poster 2018

Looking towards the future, there’s little doubt that transportation will be the game-changer in the mountains. Could small commuter planes be the vehicle-of-choice for visitors to the Rocky Mountain region? Tomorrow’s Rocky mountain Fly-in will give pilots a chance to see two regional airports with growth in their futures.

And what say you, Leadville Today readers? Do you know what local officials have planned for the Leadville Airport in 2019? It might be a good time to start paying attention, because there are some pretty big plans in the works for this once independently-owned-and-operated facility. Will the airport’s future lean towards the high-altitude testing operations it currently promotes, or offer an alternative to other congested airports in the region? And what about the never-ending discussions about making it into an industrial park? 

Today, there may be more questions, than answers. But tomorrow readers can take stock of what is in place, and make it a fun morning at the 10th Annual Fall Colors Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m. at the Leadville Airport.


The 10th Annual Fly In/Drive In Pancake Breakfast will be at the Leadville Airport on Sept. 22



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