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Eagle County Airport Is Home To One Of The Country?s Unique Military Flight Schools. Welcome To HAATS

A nondescript brick building on the north side of the Eagle County Regional Airport houses a one-of-a-kind military schoolhouse: the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site ? known to many helicopter pilots as HAATS.

Lt. Col. Charles ?Britt? Reed, the HAATS commander, puts it simply. His instructors and staff ?make the extraordinary look ordinary.?

The extraordinary is flying helicopters at high altitudes or in any type of environment where air pressure is lower. They call it the 3 H?s ? High, Hot and Heavy. But the technical term instructors use is power management.

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