Letter: A salute to the airport

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I am a commercial pilot that has resided for some 45 years in Taos. I have owned three airplanes over the years operating from the Taos Regional Airport, including a charter air service years ago under my (then) corporate name of Taos Aviation, Inc. I also have served as a member on the Taos Airport Advisory Board for some 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s.

It was my privilege to attend the Town of Taos' Airport dedication ceremony concerning the completion and operational opening of the new runway at the Taos Airport on Friday, Aug. 25.

As one of the aviators using the airport for my flying activities, I would like to personally salute the people and town government of Taos, the Taos Pueblo, the surrounding business community, and the many other Taos area entities that have finally prevailed over the stumbling blocks that have derailed the completion of this project for many years.

An airport is a gigantic asset serving a community! I am advised that the total cost of the runway construction has come in at under the total budget cost.

Again – congratulations for attaining this significant success for the Taos area community!

– Raymond Lutz,  Taos

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Gulcin Gilbert

As a resident of Taos county and an airline pilot, I'm happy to see the airport expanded enough to allow potential regional airline traffic. Being fairly knowledgeable about the limitations of high-altitude airports and the type of weather constrictions of the Taos area, residents can be assured that it will never become a major hub. At the most you might expect one or two flights a day to bring tourists in the summer or skiers in the winter. In the meantime you now have a viable airport that can assist in emergencies and bring in a few extra tourists. I look forward to flying out of the Taos airport again.

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