November 30, 2020
CABA and the Colorado Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) once again partnered up to recruit pilots and aircraft to deliver over 8,000 pounds of food and toys to Colorado veterans and their families.
The 9th Annual VFW Holiday Airlift was conducted earlier than in previous years due to weather considerations. The timing was chosen for the weekend following Veterans Day (November 11) to coincide with those festivities and to ensure the delivery of cargo in plenty of time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Despite our attempt to minimize the impact of weather by moving the date up, we unfortunately did have high winds aloft on November 15 that prevented many of the smaller aircraft from flying. We were, however, able to deliver to all of the western slope destinations: Grand Junction, Montrose, Cortez, and Durango.
Alamosa was delivered the following day, and then over the course of the week, cargo was flown to Pueblo, Las Animas, Burlington, Sterling, Fort Morgan, Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Erie airports.
Twenty-six VFW posts were served by the cargo flights, and we'll post photos and the number of individuals served when the VFW makes that determination.
September 30, 2020
Governor Jared Polis has designated October to be General Aviation Appreciation Month.
Working together with the governor's office, CABA chairman Chris Swathwood secured the proclamation which highlights the contributions of aviation in performing vital services in Colorado. General and business aviation aircraft have been instrumental in delivering PPE to 30 airports around Colorado and also performing aerial personnel support and control as well as conducting many sorties to drop fire retardant on the numerous large wildfires in the state.
The press release announcing the proclamation can be viewed and downloaded here and the proclamation itself can be viewed and downloaded here.
CABA recently partnered with Angel Flight West, Denver International Airport, and CDOT Aeronautics Division to distribute 3.2 million cloth masks around the state of Colorado. The masks were provided by FEMA for airports to use in their terminals for staff and the traveling public. Denver International retained about 2.5 million for their use, and some were delivered by DIA personnel to Colorado Springs Municipal.
Dave Ulane, Aeronautics Director, aware of our extensive experience coordinating the holiday VFW airlift, reached out to us during the last week of July to request our participation in the airlift. Because of our significant list of previous airlift volunteers, we were able to recruit over 20 pilots for this important medical relief mission. Angel Flight West provided the balance of the pilots.
Eighteen pallets of masks in boxes containing 500 each, were delivered by DIA personnel to Signature Flight Support at Centennial Airport on Thursday August 6, and on Friday several board members sorted them into separate loads for each destination. The medical relief flights were conducted the next day.
Aircraft began arriving to Signature at about 6:30 am on Saturday. Early flights were planned due to the forecast of high temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s. So for safety, pilots wanted to complete their missions before the afternoon to avoid flying in high density altitude conditions.
A wide variety of aircraft participated: Cessna 182, several Bonanza models, Mooney, several Grumman models, Cherokee 6, PC-12, and a Falcon 2000. CABA was responsible for coordinating the delivery of 800,000 masks to 30 mostly rural airports in Colorado, and the vast majority of them were flown on Saturday August 7. Two additional missions were flown on Sunday and Monday, and about a full pallet remains to be delivered to Grand Junction, which received the largest number of masks behind Denver International and Colorado Springs.
Overall it was a very hectic weekend but a very successful airlift to assist airports around the state during the covid pandemic.
We are saddened to announce that the CABA 2020 Golf Tournament
has been canceled.
Under the current circumstances with the restrictions and
procedures imposed on social interactions, golf courses, and food and
beverage service, as well as considering paramount everyone's health during
this time, the board decided that it would be most prudent to forego this
Since the golf tournament is our biggest fundraiser of the year
for our scholarship program, we are also mindful of the significant challenges
being faced by all who participate, from players and volunteers to sponsors,
donors, and raffle item contributors. The business shutdowns and quarantines
caused by the pandemic has severely impacted the economic health of all
businesses, and very dramatically those in our industry. While scholarships are
an important means to provide support for the future vitality of the aviation
workforce, to ask sponsors for contributions while they themselves struggle to
survive was something we felt was not in anyone's best interest.
The board, and in particular Amber Channel the golf chair,
sincerely appreciate all of you who had signed up and were so flexible in
trying to meet the continually changing demands of the situation. Refunds are
being provided to those who requested them, and we are extremely grateful to
those who chose to either donate or carry over their fees and sponsorships to next year.
We look forward to June 17, 2021, when we will once again be able to host a premier golf outing for our industry friends and colleagues rather than the poor substitute this year's event would have been.
May 27, 2020
As the economy continues to reopen and recover, we wanted to let you know that the CABA Golf Tournament has been pushed to August 13th.
We are hopeful that by then, some or many of the restrictions currently in place will have been relaxed and make the event more enjoyable than is currently the case. Particularly those pertaining to golf carts and dining. We are working together with Legacy Ridge to ensure that we'll be able to host an event as close to normal as possible. In addition, feedback from some of our members and industry contacts indicates that as businesses recover, many of our sponsors and players anticipate being in a better position to participate by that time.
As soon as we are able to confirm a date, we will send out notices and issue updates as necessary. You can also check here and on our social channels for timely information.
May 4, 2020
As Colorado slowly begins to reopen from the covid-induced shutdown of businesses, flight instruction, and other activities, we wanted to let you know that CABA's Annual Golf Tournament has been postponed to August 13th or 20th. We will send out the date confirmation and issue updates as information becomes available, or you can also check back here for information.
The CABA Board sincerely appreciates all those who responded to our call for volunteer pilots and ground support for a medical airlift. As it turns out, our services were not needed which in one respect is a good thing! However, we still stand ready if and when we are called upon.
Speaking of airlifts, we remind you that the Holiday VFW Airlift is on the horizon and we'll be ramping up the planning for that event in the coming months.
Also a HUGE THANK YOU! to those who signed the petition supporting opening the Glenwood Springs Airport - our email campaign for the petition clearly made an impact as GWS has been reopened TODAY!
April 16, 2020
As mentioned on March 26, CABA leadership has been working with the Governor's Office to obtain clarification about permissible flight operations, particularly at flight schools, under the governor's Public Health Order 20-24 (Stay At Home).
We have received confirmation from Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that services provided by flight schools are considered critical and are permitted to continue.
Flight schools are permitted to provide specifically the FAA-required flight proficiency and currency operations, namely takeoff/landing and night currency, as well as routine proficiency flights are permissible. Elective flight instruction, which includes primary instruction of student pilots, and training for advanced ratings are not permitted.
We did send out an Advisory to membership regarding the updated status so hopefully that helps reduce the confusion.
We've also received an excellent response from pilots willing to donate their time and expenses to fly in the event CABA is asked to mount an airlift for medical supplies and equipment. We have not yet been asked to do so but will keep you informed of any developments.
Chris Swathwood was interviewed by Fox News Denver yesterday at RMMA. We hope you caught it on tv. Below is a photo of the interview.
March 26, 2020
CABA leadership has been working with the Governor's Office to obtain clarification about permissible flight operations. We will issue an Advisory when we have more information.
According to the Department of Homeland Security's description of Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Aviation is under the Transportation Systems Sector. Here is what is shown on their website:
Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports, and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases. In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools.
In view of the above guidance from DHS, there has been a great deal of confusion surrounding Governor Jared Polis's Stay-At-Home Executive Order as it affects aviation activities in Colorado.
We will keep you abreast of any developments or updated information from the Governor's Office.
We have been and continue to monitor this year's legislation under consideration in Colorado, and are asking you for your input.
Your feedback is very important for CABA to better represent the interests of you and your business, as well as those of business and general aviation in Colorado. Your responses will enable us to serve your needs by either supporting or opposing these bills.
Some are directly aviation-related while others have impacts on the general business community in the state. Please take a few moments to read and understand what they will do and their consequences.
* VERY IMPORTANT* We will need your feedback on these bills by Thursday Feb 6.
You MUST be a CABA member and log in In order to access the poll. If you don't have your password, there is a Forgot Password link on the login page that will enable you to reset it.
We understand and apologize that this doesn't allow much time for consideration, but it is simply due to the nature of how the legislative process works: Bills are introduced in the House or Senate, assigned to and debated in committee, and then are either approved to move to the full body for debate and votes, or are killed in committee. Thus the situation changes almost daily and we must be ready to respond as rapidly as possible in our discussions and testimony at the Capitol.
This poll will be revised every two weeks, as various bills advance or are eliminated. Here are the bills for consideration in this poll (Bill Titles are links to the full text):
HB20-1143: Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines
Concerning additional public health protections regarding alleged environmental violations, and, in connection therewith, raising the maximum fines for air quality and water quality violations and allocating the fines to environmental mitigation projects.
HB20-1154: Workers' Compensation
Concerning the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", and, in connection therewith, making changes that affect the timely payment of benefits, guardian and conservator services, offsets related to the receipt of federal disability or retirement benefits, the apportionment of benefits, the selection of independent medical examiners, limits on temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments, the withdrawal of admissions of liability, mileage expense reimbursement, the authority of prehearing administrative law judges, petitions to review, the reopening of permanent total disability awards, and appeals to the court of appeals.
HB20-1163: Management of Single-Use Products
Concerning the management of single-use products.
HB20-1182: Residents of Bordering States Sales Tax Exemption
Concerning the repeal of the sales tax exemption for sales to residents of bordering states without retail sales taxes.
HB20-1195: Consumer Digital Repair Bill of Rights
Concerning a requirement that a manufacturer of digital electronic equipment facilitate the repair of the equipment by providing persons other than authorized repair providers affiliated with the manufacturer with the resources needed to repair the equipment.
SB20-130: Backcountry Search and Rescue in Colorado
Concerning backcountry search and rescue services in Colorado.
SB20-131: Reimbursement to P-tech Schools for College Costs
Concerning funding for pathways in technology early college high schools.
SB20-133: Business Fiscal Impact Statements
Concerning the business fiscal impact notes.
PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR RESPONSES ON THE POLL HERE:
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond!
Your CABA Board of Trustees appreciate your feedback!
CABA has once again secured a Proclamation from the Governor's Office declaring June 2019 as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Colorado.
Continuing the practice begun in 2011 under Governor John Hickenlooper, current Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued the Proclamation earlier this month.
CABA issued a press release announcing the Proclamation; that can be viewed here
Below is an image of the Proclamation. Click the image to download a pdf version of the Proclamation.
Committees & Groups
Rocky Mountain Metro/CABA Group
MSU Collegiate Chapter