Colorado National Guard report
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (9/26/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard broke ground on a new state-of-the-art aviation training facility at the Eagle County Airport, Sept. 22.
The $39 million facility will be the new home of the High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site (HAATS).
Planning for the new facility started in 2005 and was done in close coordination with Eagle County and the Eagle County Airport.
The scope of the project includes a 101,600-square-foot aviation training facility that will include administrative areas, classrooms, a flight operations section, maintenance hangars, allied maintenance shops and lodging rooms.
The project will be constructed to achieve at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver rating, fully certified through the U.S. Green Building Council.
HAATS is the only Department of Defense- approved facility that conducts high-altitude/Power Management/environmental training. HAATS trains all branches and components of the military and international students.
The facility also has a full-time Coast Guard instructor assigned to the staff, making HAATS a unique joint- training site. When combined with the existing facility, the new facility will enable all mission sets and training to be conducted to standard well into the future.
HAATS, which trains military rotary-wing pilots from around the world in Power Management, gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their aircraft routinely and safely at maximum gross weights in any environment – especially at high altitudes. This critical mission provides life-saving combat skills to American and allied pilots serving in mountainous Afghanistan and other challenging environments worldwide.