An entrepreneur is considering establishing a sailplane launching facility and flying school at Blake Field, the Board of County Commissioners was told on Nov. 4.
Airport managers Mark and Cheryl Husmann told the commissioners that the school's operator has an innovative method of launching sailplanes, also known as gliders.
Instead of using a tow plane to pull the sailplane to altitude, he uses a ground-based cable launch system.
As explained to the commissioners, the cable, or heavy cord, is played out from a trailer-mounted, winch-like mechanism and attached to the sailplane. The cable is then rapidly retrieved by the mechanism and the aircraft attains 2,500 foot altitude. The cable automatically releases and falls to the ground for retrieval.
No action was taken by the commissioners as the discussion was an FYI item and firm plans for the enterprise were not confirmed.
In other action at their regular Nov. 4 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• County emergency manager Rob Fiedler told the commissioners that the Cheney Reservoir site off Highway 50 near Whitewater is no longer being considered as a disposal site for "elemental mercury." The site had been under consideration by the Department of Energy for the chemical repository, Fiedler had previously reported.
• Commissioners joined the county's other local governments in adopting an increase in telephone user fees to fund the emergency 911 communications system here. The charge, added to phone customers' monthly bills, will increase from 70 cents per month to $1 if the change wins approval by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
• Blake Field Airport managers report that locally based aircraft use has increased due largely to a local company, TK Mining, a division of TK Holdings, increasing its use of the airport. TK Mining flies employees to its facilities located elsewhere, commissioners were told.blog comments powered by Disqus