Welcome to the Colorado Aviation Business Association!
The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) is a grass-roots membership organization focused on the support and promotion of Business and General Aviation across the State of Colorado.
We inform our membership about legislative, airport, and airspace issues that may affect their businesses or their flying, and we provide them with a powerful voice in those issues. We also present a variety of educational opportunities, often coupled with aircraft static displays, for both aviation professionals and the public.
Through our charitable efforts, we stay engaged with the larger community as good neighbors. And we help assure the future of our industry by arranging for internships and mentoring, and by providing scholarships for young people aspiring to careers in aviation.
The mission of CABA is to promote the value of business and general aviation across the State of Colorado. Since 1994, CABA has seen substantial growth in membership, activism, community presence, charitable activities, and the CABA Foundation. Learn more here.
Front Page Update: 2020 Scholarships Awarded
January 30, 2021
Three aspiring aviation professionals were selected from among 19 applicants to receive the 2020 CABA Scholarships which were presented on January 28, 2021. Winners were selected based on their resumes, an essay describing their career ambitions, and overall quality of the application. One of our most stringent criteria is the stated intention to pursue a career in business/general aviation.
Decker Babcock works the dispatch desk at Rocky Mountain Flight School and will use the scholarship for advanced training leading to the Flight Instructor certificate.
Tyler Mickey is a line service technician at Sheltair Aviation FBO at Rocky Mt. Metro Airport and will use his award for initial private pilot training.
Tammy Raines is a flight instructor at Rocky Mountain Flight School and will use her scholarship for Multi-Engine Instructor training.
Stay tuned and check back for more information on our plans for 2021 as we begin to emerge from the restrictions imposed by the pandemic and return to hosting in-person events.
Legislative Representation Needs Your Support!
CABA needs your help.
In 2020 legislation was proposed to regulate PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) which are chemicals used in firefighting foams and are incorporated into some hangar fire suppression systems. This legislation would have created a quasi-governmental "enterprise" to monitor and control such substances, and proposed to be funded through a 5-cents per gallon aviation "fuel fee". Such a fee is technically not a tax and can be implemented without any public discussion or input. However, we were able to successfully remove the fuel fee provision which would have added 5 cents to every gallon of Jet-A and AvGas purchased in Colorado.
Given that the 2020 total fuel purchase was some 60 million gallons, business and general aviation operators and pilots saved a total of $3 MILLION! That is $3 million dollars you did NOT have to spend funding a nebulous "safety program" to monitor and control PFAS chemicals. This was a win for CABA because the level of risk from PFAS in Colorado aviation applications is estimated to exist in only about 15 hangars in the entire state. Higher quantities of PFAS are used by firefighting training events and since those occur outdoors the PFAS are more likely to enter groundwater and being very persistent in the environment, over time they pose a hazard to humans and wildlife. In contrast, PFAS releases in aircraft hangars are more readily cleaned up because they are contained within a confined area.
But make no mistake - this idea will not go away. In fact we may even see it again this year. This issue and others, such as a developing situation at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (BJC) will require a focused effort to educate citizens and convince county commissioners and legislators of the critical nature of aviation and other airport businesses.
Staying on top of such issues are what part of your membership dues and donations are used for: we have a paid legislative affairs professional who is present at the Capitol every day and also meeting with members of the General Assembly.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TODAY!
CABA identifies and addresses issues impacting Colorado aviation businesses and airports, including safety and operational effectiveness. Our success depends on active engagement and participation by our members. Become a member today!