Kent Rominger Airport receives Christmas gift

Photos by Earl Robinson Jet A fuel tanks arrived at the Kent Rominger Airport in Del Norte and were installed. After months of waiting for the tanks and fuel system to be delivered, manager Earl Robinson received an early Christmas present.

Jet A fuel tanks have arrived and were being installed

DEL NORTE — Christmas came early for Kent Rominger Airport Manager Earl Robinson.

After months of planning and waiting patiently, Robinson announced Monday, Dec. 12, that the Jet A fuel tanks had arrived at the airport and were being installed this week.

Robinson was outside to greet the convoy with open arms and a grin about one mile wide.

“This is going to be huge for our airport,” Robinson said. “With the fuel come the planes as I’ve said from the very beginning. Now we will have to look at a marketing plan to make sure the aviation world knows that we now offer Jet A fuel. It wasn’t as easy as we anticipated but we are happy it’s here and we are ready to hit the ground running.”

Robinson and Rio Grande County Commissioners have been waiting for this day for some time and according to everyone involved, it was a great start to the Christmas season.

In February, and after collecting data that showed high demand for Jet A fuel at the airport, Rio Grande County Commissioners approved funding to install a new turnkey fuel system at the airport and Robinson went to work on the project.

Once funding was approved, a company out of Oregon made the tanks and fuel system for the airport but it took time to get the entire package to Del Norte.

The massive 50,000-pound system was delivered and with the fuel, comes the planes. Perhaps, unbeknownst to the general public, the airport is also home to Eagle Air, the local medical and emergency flight program.

According to Robinson, 300 flights per year come and go out of the Kent Rominger Airport either taking patients to or from medical facilities or bringing in medical professionals that work to save the lives of San Luis Valley residents and guests.

“It’s an incredible activity that happens each year and the general public just isn’t aware of it,” Robinson said.

Robinson and the airport advisory board in partnership with the county have more planned for the airport and after the tanks are installed, the public will be invited to the facility to see some of the work that is being done.

Photos by Earl Robinson Jet A fuel tanks arrived at the Kent Rominger Airport in Del Norte and were installed. After months of waiting for the tanks and fuel system to be delivered, manager Earl Robinson received an early Christmas present.


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