Wanna buy an airport in the Colorado Springs area?
No, not that airport. The one on the market is the Colorado Springs East Airport near Ellicott, with an asking price of $899,000. Buy it and you'll never have to wait in another security screening line when you fly.
A buyer actually will be purchasing Springs East Airport Inc., the company that owns the airport, and its assets, which include: the 261-acre airport, mineral rights, two water wells, a fuel system and tanks, equipment, vehicles, a park for camping and day use and a small terminal building with two rest rooms, a shower and snack and soda machines.
The 32 aging stockholders are looking for "younger blood" to take over the privately owned airport and lead it to a brighter future, said Darlene Williams, a longtime shareholder.
Springs East "would be an outstanding location for unmanned aerial vehicle testing, a missionary flight organization, a Young Eagles-type program, a flight training or flight operations testing center, high-altitude testing facility or air freight distribution center," James Roache, president of Springs East Airport Inc. and manager of the airport, said in a press release about the airport being put on the market. "We have a low population density and no obstructions such as power lines or buildings to interfere with aircraft operations."
About 25 aircraft are based at the airport, which is three miles northwest of Ellicott and has about 30 takeoffs or landings a day on its single paved runway and two gravel-and-dirt runways.
Most of the aircraft at the Springs East Airport are used for either recreation or training, said David Miller of No-Spin Aircraft Sales, who is listing the airport for sale.
The airport also houses seven private hangars and a large hangar with space sold as condominiums for up to nine aircraft. The airport generates income from selling lots adjacent to the airport, assessments on the hangars, landing fees and land leased for agricultural use.
An adjacent 35-acre parcel called Springs East Airpark, which has access to one of the airport's taxiways and is zoned for up to 10 lots for homes with fly-in access, also is on the market for $299,000 through Karl Goebel of Centennial-based HomeSmart Realty.
Springs East last was on the market in 2002 for $1.75 million, but never sold. Carl Susemihl, who barnstormed across the nation and was a pilot during World War II, built the airport in 1968 when Clem Williams, a farmer in eastern El Paso County, asked him for flying lessons. Susemihl got a tractor, graded runways and later bought the land.
For decades, Springs East offered its wide-open spaces to weekend pilots and flying students, but in the mid-1990s, Susemihl subdivided the site to sell hangar and airpark lots. He died in 2007 at 88.
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