If you have been coming to the Sun Valley area for a while, or if you make it your full time residence, surely you know flying in and out during the winter months can be a challenge. Luckily, some technological advancements are aiming to cut down diversions.
Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration lowered the ceiling for cloud cover to allow planes to land at a lower altitude. During previous years if cloud cover sat below 1,800 feet, planes could not land. As of July 21st, that ceiling was lowered to only 900 feet.
Furthermore, Alaska Airlines (operated by Horizon Air) has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin using its Required Navigation Performance (RNP) instrument approach procedure at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. The proprietary procedure is expected to reduce weather-related diversions by 95 percent, giving direct access to Seattle and Los Angeles more reliability.
These two improvements are beneficial to both tourism and long-time residents as getting in and out to major hub airports will be easier than ever. If you have been thinking of visiting Sun Valley & Ketchum, now is the time to book your flight! And when you decide you never want to leave come meet with one of our advisors to find your place to call home!