Military chopper visits at Glenwood Springs airport a mystery
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Residents near the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport have been wondering what’s up with a large green military-style helicopter that paid a visit to the area on three consecutive nights last weekend.
One resident in the Park East neighborhood e-mailed the Post Independent, saying the helicopter came in hovering low over the airport just after 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, but then flew off without landing.
“It’s very loud, and it shakes my house and wakes up my child,” she wrote. “I hope this does not happen too many more nights.”
Airport manager Dick Weinberg said he, too, got calls from area residents about the low-altitude fly-overs.
“It flew low over our house at West Bank, too,” he said.
“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he added, noting that regulations for helicopters are different than for fixed-wing aircraft, which are not allowed to land at the airport after dark.
He said the airport used to allow the “medi-vac” helicopter to land after dark whenever an emergency medical transport was needed from Glenwood Springs. But since Valley View Hospital now has its own helicopter pad, use of the airport hasn’t been necessary, he said.
“I think the word got out to whoever was doing it, because there was no activity last night [Monday],” Weinberg said.
In any case, he said he began looking into the mysterious chopper activity so he’d know what to tell people if it continues.
He called the Air National Guard’s High Altitude Training Facility, based out of the Eagle County Airport, but they didn’t have any night operations happening on those nights.
He then put in a call to the region’s central air traffic control center in Denver and left a message for the military liaison there. However, he had not heard back as of Tuesday, he said.
“Let’s hope it ended there, and is a dead issue for now,” Weinberg said.
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