Airport Advisory Groups

Airport Vision Committee (AVC)

Community Character Working Group Airport Experience Working Group Technical Working Group Focus Group

The formation of community advisory groups is a key function of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport public involvement process. Our goal is to convene community collaboration across a diverse and inclusive cross-section of interests to provide feedback, share project information, and ultimately inform Pitkin County’s decision-making process.

The program’s four advisory groups have distinct charges and focus areas to facilitate a two-way flow of communication between the community and the County. Through this process the we are committed to ensuring that our airport’s future is reflective of our collective community character and values. Learn more about each group below.

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This diagram illustrates potential subject areas that each working group will focus on throughout the process.


Airport Vision Committee (AVC)

The role of the AVC is to serve as the overarching project advisory committee focused on holistic project development. Recommendations from the AVC, along with input from the topic-focused Work Groups and overarching community, will inform the County’s decision-making process.

The AVC will be convened at key project milestones to:

  • Establish guiding principles for the airport vision process and facilitate a two-way community-focused dialogue
  • Provide input on preliminary project concepts and refine information for community-wide outreach
  • Provide a forum for consolidating, integrating, and reporting out the vision and recommendations developed by the working and focus groups
  • Identify priority issues and consider input from the project’s topic-specific Work Groups
  • Activate and deploy the project’s Focus Group
  • Serve as project partners to share information and help identify community priorities

Community Character Working Group (CCWG)

The CCWG will define the desired role and context of the airport within the community. The group will provide recommendations on how the airport role and context could be fulfilled in a way that meets the community’s air service needs and reflects the community’s identity, values, and sustainability goals.

The CCWG will be convened at key project milestones throughout the visioning process to determine:

  • What is the overall role of the airport within the community?
  • What types and levels of air service will the community need in the future?
  • How should the history of Aspen be used to guide its future?
  • Understand the limitations on the County’s ability to finance existing airport operations and new capital projects.
  • What level of financial risk or independence is desired for future operations and capital improvements at the airport?
  • What is the airport’s role in addressing the focus areas established in the Pitkin County Strategic Plan: Livable and Supportive Community, Flourishing Natural and Built Environment, Prosperous Economy?​
  • Present findings and make recommendations to the AVC
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project partners to share information and identify community priorities

Airport Experience Working Group (AEWG)

The AEWG will define the desired customer experience provided by the airport from the standpoint of the airport users (resident, business, and leisure travelers). The group will provide recommendations on how the community’s identity, values, and sustainability goals should be communicated to airport users through the facilities provided at the airport.

The AEWG will be convened at key project milestones throughout the visioning process to:

  • Define the quality of the space and facilities level of service from the standpoint of all user groups.
  • What is the desired take away for all users arriving and departing the airport (first and last impression)?
  • How should the community’s identity, values, and sustainability goals be reflected in the customer experience?
  • Define key terminal and landside features, amenities, and concessions.
  • Define ground transportation connectivity, access, and parking goals.
  • Understand the limitations on the County’s ability to finance existing airport operations and new capital projects.
  • Present findings and make recommendations to the AVC
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project partners to share information and identify community priorities

Technical Working Group (TWG)

The TWG will define the desired functionality and physical facility requirements that will optimize the airport’s ability to meet the community’s future air service needs within the limited space available. The group will provide recommendations on the types and physical requirements for airport facilities needed meet the community’s air service needs and provide the flexibly needed to adapt to ongoing changes in the aviation industry.

The TWG will be convened at key project milestones throughout the visioning process to:

  • Understand all the different physical, operational, and regulatory constraints that impact use of the airport site
  • What is the desired allocation of space between the different airfield uses?
  • Understand the limitations on the County’s ability to finance existing airport operations and new capital projects.
  • Consider and provide input on technically-oriented areas identified by the AVC and the community as a whole
  • Present findings and make recommendations to the AVC
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project partners to share information and identify community priorities

Focus Group

The Focus Group will play an important role in refining concepts and helping to share information throughout the visioning process. The charter of the focus group is designed to be nimbler and more adaptable than the advisory groups.

By serving as a think tank for the advisory groups it is anticipated this group will be deployed at key milestones and as needed to play a critical role in:

  • Providing input on key issues that cut across all four advisory groups​
  • Translating and refining complex concepts specific to individual advisory groups​
  • Educating and engaging the broader community​
  • Understand the limitations on the County’s ability to finance existing airport operations and new capital projects​
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project partners to share information and identify community priorities

Airport Advisory Groups Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this a paid position?
    • These are volunteer positions.
  • What is the time commitment?
    • Beginning early 2019, each advisory group will convene at key milestones throughout the visioning process. No more than six meetings are anticipated and members should plan on a time commitment of approximately three to five hours per month. At the end of this process, the advisory groups will evolve as the project transitions into its subsequent phase.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    • All interested citizens are encouraged to apply. Final appointments will consider experience and expertise relevant to each specific group. Learn more about participation guidelines and expectations below.
  • What is the decision-making process?
    • Recommendations made by the citizen-driven Airport Vision Committee, along with input from the topic-focused Airport Advisory Groups and overarching community, will inform the County’s decision-making process.

Participation Guidelines and Expectations

The Airport Advisory Groups comprise representatives from neighborhood groups, businesses organizations, civic interests, and other engaged individual community members. Advisory group members will be expected to:

  • Act as a representative of the community. Although everyone has diverse personal opinions, advisory group members will put aside personal interests and participate in a manner that represents the best interest of the community as a whole, and the organizations they may represent.
  • Bring ideas and collaborate. Airport vision meetings will be productive forums for ideas, issues, solutions, and feedback. Prior to meetings, advisory group members will solicit input and feedback from their constituents.
  • Respect the ideas of others. Even though advisory group members may disagree with some ideas brought to the table, it is important to listen and consider everyone’s input. At times, members will agree to respectfully disagree.
  • Be available. It is anticipated that each advisory group will meet no more than six times throughout the 12-month vision process, and members should anticipate a time commitment of approximately three to five hours per month.
  • Focus on the task at hand. Advisory group members will be asked for input tailored to specific topics and to focus on the task at hand (e.g. identifying issues and providing input, rather than jumping to conclusions) to facilitate positive outcomes.
  • Serve as a project partner and share information. Advisory group members are expected to share accurate project information and encourage others to get involved.

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