Fort Morgan Municipal Airport has received an Outstanding Airport Award from the Colorado Pilots Association, according to a city news release.
The award is part of a recognition program in which members of the association, based on their flying experiences, recommend airports that have gone out of their way to provide exceptional services and facilities for general aviation. Only two such awards were bestowed this year, with the other going to the Granby/Grand County Airport.
In nominating the Fort Morgan Airport for the award, CPA member Gary Winslow noted the major improvements at the airport in the past year, including a new runway to relieve environmental issues and better serve the agricultural and industrial needs of the area.
"The old airport runway had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer considered safe for aircraft operations and the airport was in danger of being closed," Winslow's nomination said, according to a news release from CPA.
The nomination also cited a Fort Morgan Times article that noted that former Mayor Terry McAlister had advocated for a new runway for many years before the project actually became a reality. The article quotes McAlister as saying, "Without an airport, your city dwindles and your community eventually goes away."
Winslow's nomination also noted the reasonable fuel prices and exceptional service provided by Fort Morgan Municipal Airport fixed base operator Scott Aviation, "which makes it an ideal destination airport," the nomination said.
The Colorado Pilots Association, a statewide organization of nearly 800 members, typically presents separate awards to one commercial service airport and one general aviation airport each year. This year, awards were given to two airports in the general aviation category considering the exceptional effort and contribution of those two airports to the growth of aviation in Colorado.
The awards were to be presented at the CPA annual membership meeting Nov. 5 at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield.