Apparently, our little private Granby Airport is making the news--it will air this Friday, April 22nd at 5 pm on Denver's CBS Channel 4. What could be so newsworthy about our little airport? Well, our own Emily Hanrahan Warner will be inducted this weekend into the Irish American Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.

Never heard of Emily? Well, in 1973, she became the first female commercial airline pilot in America's history. On May 20th, from 11-2, our brand new Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum will be officially opened--giving honor to this pioneer of the skies, and offering a wonderful bit of history and high-flying memorabilia to the community.

Here's what the Airport Journals had to say about her:

"After marrying Jay Warner, the pilot taught her new husband how to fly. The couple has a mountain retreat in Granby. Emily Howell Warner plans to retire in October 2001. She’s earned a long and prestigious list of aviation awards. In 1973, she was named the Amelia Earhart “Woman of the Year.” In 1983, she was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. Her other achievements include being inducted into the Woman’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 1992.

Emily Howell Warner oversees the region’s operations of United’s 737 program, which includes a fleet of 185 aircraft and 1,500 pilots.

Howell Warner was the first woman pilot to become a member of the Air Line Pilots Association and the first member of the Colorado Pilots Association. She’s an active member in the 99’s, a group of woman pilot founded by Amelia Earhart and others in 1929, and a member and cofounder of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, as well as a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Colorado Aviation Historical Society and the Silver Wings Fraternity. Besides her uniform displayed at the Air and Space Museum, there’s one displayed at the Prima Air and Space Museum and an “Emily” collection at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

Emily Howell Warner stays current for her job with the FAA by putting in sim time and flying a friend’s Cessna 182. In the past, she has been a partner in a Steen Skybolt biplane and has belonged to the Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport. To date, Howell Warner, who still lives in the Metro Denver area, has flown more than 30 different types of aircraft and accrued more than 21,000 hours of flying time. More than 14,000 of her flight hours were accrued as an airline pilot."

What an amazing and accomplished woman! We invite you to check out the news report on her induction and to come on out for the grand unveiling of our new aviation museum that bears her name!

If, by chance, you fly yourself, Granby is a fabulous little private airport by which you can enjoy all of the amenities of mountain living--whether returning to your mountain retreat, or just enjoying a scenic getaway--without navigating Berthoud Pass! The Granby/Grand County Airport is located in open terrain atop the Granby Mesa. It is an easy-in, easy-out mountain airfield that offers the convenience of a flight planning facility, courtesy car, and restroom.

Whether by land or air, we hope that you will come check out our little piece of heaven and bask in the beauty and peacefulness that Grand County has to offer!