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KFNL Tower Frequencies

NoCO Tower: 118.40
NoCO Ground: 121.65
ATIS: 135.075
UNICOM: 122.95

Remote Tower Updates
Hello <<First Name>>,

Well, we've had our first snow and the weather is warming back up.

It's a good time to put this month's Pilot Refresher course on your calendar featuring Neil Schaal from Berthoud. 

One day Neil had just come from catching lizards. Stuffing them in his metal lunch box, he got on the plane with his dad and Cole Kugel, who is in the record books for being the oldest qualified pilot. He looked at the twinkle in Cole's eye just before he did a barrel roll. Neil remembers that lunch box opening up and lizards going everywhere.

Neil graduated from UNC and Joined the Air Force, soon becoming the top S-01. What does the top S-01 do? Train the trainers of course. Ask him about the $14 million F 16 bound for Israel that wound up in a heap in a farmer's field. Then ask him how he wound up connecting with the Thunderbirds in Europe.  Ask him what if feels like to go supersonic and break the sound barrier. Or how comfortable it is to hang upside down while flying in a 1 G atmosphere. Ask him how he went from flying to having a Doctorate in cybersecurity.

Neil will be giving a talk on his life and some of the adventures but he would like it to be interactive as well.

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The propeller is just a big fan made to cool down the pilot in the cockpit. When is stops, you can see the pilot starts sweating excessively.
Happy Tailwinds!!!
Jeneal McKinley, Newsletter Editor

October 24 - Neil Schaal
Neil is a Berthoud graduate and resident who served as a United States Senior Instruction Pilot and as a Deputy Commander of Operations for the overseas deployment of the Thunderbirds.  This should be a fun evening and he is willing to answer any questions we may have for him

We have listened to Bill Standerfer tell us about places to go and things that need to be on board the plane when we do go to some of the more remote areas. But never once have I heard him say we needed saran wrap and 3 cases of duct tape!!!  See what damage a bear can do to a plane.

Townhall Review - JR McKinley
Here's the update on the Town Hall type meeting from last month. Everything from the tower to the Master Plan to Aims.

Tri-Annual Emergency Response Review - JR McKinley
Recently the airport and local agencies participated in the mandatory tri-annual emergency response. It was cold and rainy but very good exercise.


Airport Updates

Remote Tower
The remote tower effort is progressing towards the November timeframe of having an operational tower.  We are still hoping that the Remote Tower and Mobile Tower will be in continuous operation after it goes live in November, but may have significant gaps in operational times.  Tower Operation information will be available via NOTAMs as well as ATIS/AWOS.

Air Traffic Control Operational Times will be inconsistent in Nov and Dec so please be mindful of NOTAMS.

The current CTAF of 122.7 will be going away. All new communication will be on the new tower frequency of 118.4.

The Flying School is hosting a Tower Ops refresher on Oct 23.  
Contact Jay Turnbull for details.

Runway Movement Area Painting
In addition to an operational Control Tower, we'll be getting some new Movement Area markings.  Once again, keep an eye on NOTAMs for painting operations and taxi-way closures.  This should occur later this month depending on the weather.

Badge Renewals
Remember badges need to be renewed by midnight on October 31st.  If you need an extension, please contact the FNL Airport Staff or call 970.962.2851

If you have concerns, please send a message to or submit via the AOPA Airport Support Network.

Upcoming Events

October 19 - Mountain Flying Course
  • Location: The Flying School
  • Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $225
  • Contact: Jay Turnbull
October 23 - Tower Ops (Hosted by The Flying School)
  • Location: The Flying School
  • Time: 5:00 pm 
  • Cost: $50
  • Contact: Jay Turnbull
October 24 - Neil Schaal
November - No Meeting

December 7 - Christmas Party
Details coming soon...
  • Location: Bonefish Bar and Grill
  • Time: TBD
Check out the events calendar.  Now you can see all our upcoming events in one spot as well as add them to your local calendar!

FNL Pilots Association refresher courses are held every fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm with food at 6:30 pm.  If you have suggestions for future topics, please email us at

Northern Colorado Regional Airport Commission Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of every month at the Airport Administrative Office (Fire Station), starting at 3:30 pm unless otherwise noted on their website.  Agenda and packet information is typically available 48 hours in advance.  If there are topics and concerns on the agenda or packet that you would like us to represent at the meetings, please reach out to us at

Ideas for Monthly Refreshers
If you have ideas or topics you'd like to see and hear at our please respond to this email or send us a message.

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