High Altitude Aircraft Testing

Full Service fixed base operations for your high altitude & cold weather aircraft testing needs!

"Gunnison, Colorado was ideally suited for high altitude helicopter testing as it had good facilities and predictable weather conditions. This allowed rapid progress to be made and a very high flying rate was achieved."

-Adrian Neve, QinetiQ Ltd.

Local Information

The Gunnison Valley and surrounding area is full of endless things to see and do. The average temperatures range from lows of -10°F and highs of 20°F in the winter months to lows of 40°F and highs of 80°F in the summer. This amounts to a lot of snow every winter and beautiful summers. Click here for detailed flight information and attractions in Gunnison Country.


Latitude 38 degrees 32′ 02.200″ N
Longitude 106 degree 55′ 58.900″ W

7,678.4 ft. above mean sea level

Airport Facilities:

  • Asphalt Runway 06/24 - 9,400 ft. length, 150 ft. width
  • Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility (Index B ARFF facility)
  • Trained ARFF personnel offering specialized coverage for high altitude testing
  • Tethered Hover Point - Certified to 40,000 lbs.

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