Airport board gets experienced pilot as newest member

The newest member of the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority board spent 36 years flying for the airlines and 10 years as an inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration before moving to the Grand Junction area a little more than a year ago.

Tom Frishe was appointed to the seven-person board as its sole at-large member on Monday, when the Mesa County Board of County Commissioners approved his nomination. The Grand Junction City Council had previously signed off on Frishe’s appointment.

Both the county and city name the remaining six members of the board, in equal measure.

Frishe will assume a four-year term that is set to expire in February 2017. He is replacing Doug Simons, whose term ended in February. Frishe was selected from among 11 applicants for the vacant at-large position by a board interview committee.

Frishe said Monday that he’s still getting up to speed on most of the issues that the authority board is working on, including the lingering issue of the construction of a new security fence and tighter security access at the airport, as was mandated by the federal Transportation Security Administration.

“For security purposes, the fence had to be moved out from what its original position was, as I understand,” Frishe said.

“Of course with the TSA, in the current environment, you don’t have much choice,” he added. “The dictate comes from Washington, then you just have to do the best that you can with what you have to work with. You play the cards that are dealt to you.”

The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority owns and operates the Grand Junction Regional Airport. According to the group’s website, their next scheduled board meeting will be April 16.


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