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Friends Against Closure of Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport

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On March 20th, in an abundance of caution the Glenwood Springs City Council closed the Municipal Airport to reduce the risk of COVID19 transmission. While we appreciate (though may not totally agree with) the reasoning behind the initial closure, it has been over a month and it should be reopened.

KGWS is the only airport in the state of Colorado closed because of this concern. In fact the only other airports closed in the nation are part of State Parks which are also closed. Neither the CDC, WHO or FAA has made this recommendation.

Not allowing the pilots to fly is in fact endangering lives because of loss of proficiency. Both the FAA and Governor Polis recognize the importance of flight training and it is considered a "critical activity". Flying in the mountains has inherent risks and it is even more important that pilots be able to practice and hone their skills.

We request the Glenwood City Council and staff reopen the airport with whatever social distancing or recommendations put forth by the FAA and CDC for General Aviation travel.

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