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Congratulations! CDOT Innovator Award

Congratulations to Dave Ulane, A.A.E and Bryce Shuck for receiving the CDOT “Innovator Award”.  They received the recognition for their recently implements airport excise tax disbursement process improvement.  The new process used the existing automated sales tax refund process to eliminate the fuel claim form, and 90% of the steps required in the old process.

Colorado Seaplane Initiative Event

Colorado Seaplane Gathering and Fundraiser




February 18, 2017

1 pm to 3 pm

All those interested in seaplanes are invited.  If you have a seaplane, bring it.  The more the merrier!

Supporting Seaplanes and Wings Over the Rockies

Scott deLuise hangar/home,  2480 Cessna Dr, Erie Airport

Taxi to the event at Erie Airport!  Food and drinks will be provided! Donations not required to attend.

Aeronautics Division Program Manager (Planning Specialist VI) Position

Aeronautics Division Program Manager (Planning Specialist VI)

Apply Here

Description of Job

In support of the development of a forward-looking multi-modal transportation system in the 21st century, CDOT’s Aeronautics Division promotes partnering with its public and private constituents to enhance aviation safety, aviation education, and the development of an effective air transportation system through the efficient administration of the Aviation Fund.

Under the direction and oversight of the Aeronautics Division Director, this position supervises, plans, directs, develops and provides day to day oversight of the Aeronautics Division’s various programs, including but not limited to the Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant (CDAG) program, airport capital improvement programs, Web-Based Information Management System (WIMS), statewide pavement management programs, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 5010 airports inspection program, the mountain Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Hazard Management program, the Division’s airport internship program, airport surplus equipment program, Division planning initiatives and various Division safety and education initiatives.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise, plan, direct, develop, and provide day to day oversight of the Division’s various programs and initiatives (listed above);
  • Develop and recommend Division strategy, policies, and guidance, including overall program plans, goals, objective, and milestones for efficient and successful implementation of Division programs;
  • Responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant (CDAG) program and state airport capital improvement programs;
  • Responsible for the planning and management, compliance monitoring, and review of CDAG grants and cooperative agreements of statewide impact;
  • Work closely with Division staff, FAA personnel, airport sponsors, consultants, CDOT Business Office staff, and CDOT Audit Division staff to ensure effective program implementation and compliance with rules and regulations;
  • Directly supervise aviation planners, including administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised, including staff development, training, mentoring, and coaching; establish and communicate performance expectations and guidelines;
  • Serve as project manager for the Web Based Information Management System (WIMS) which provides information to airports and allows individual accounts for each airport for electronic planning, grant applications, and grant management;
  • Work with the Division’s Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) Program Manager to coordinate and implement the contracted maintenance and improvement of the AWOS program;
  • Responsible for general facility oversight, including preparing facility maintenance and capital improvement plans and budgets, overseeing and delegating day to day facility management and maintenance, and coordinating with the Division’s landlord and CDOT staff on ground lease, maintenance, and administrative lease matters;
  • Other job duties as assigned.


Colorado Seaplane Initiative

Below you can find some additional information about the Colorado Seaplane Initiative. CAOA does not have an official position on this.

The Colorado Seaplane Initiative is undertaking a major campaign to obtain fair and equal access to Colorado waterways.  The State of Colorado through its Parks and Wildlife Agency, has banned seaplanes from every public waterway in the State.  Colorado is the only State that forbids seaplanes in this manner.

Colorado is home to 16,000+ pilots, 800+ seaplane-rated pilots, and 38 seaplane owners.  General Aviation is a major economic force in Colorado producing an estimated $2.4 billion in annual economic impact.

The State’s claim of safety, security, and environmental concerns ignore facts and promote fears. General Aviation is the producer of an estimated $2.4 billion in annual economic impact to this State.

Airport Assistant Director/Business Manager- Yampa Valley Regional Airport


P. O. Box 773598

Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Phone (970) 870-5361 Fax (970) 870-5362


Yampa Valley Regional Airport Assistant Director/Business Manager: Salary Range $6,621 to $7,557, plus an excellent benefit package. Under the direction of the Airport Director, manage the day-to-day business administration and development of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (YVRA) including: contract management and administrations, business development, accounting, advertising and promotions, and concessions management. This position reports directly to the Airport Director and performs additional duties assigned by the Director in the absence of the Airport Director.

Education, Training and experience level: Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Business Administration, Aviation Management, Public Administration or other related field, plus three years related business management and development experience at a commercial airport or any combination of business acumen, education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the job. Certificate from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) as a Certified Member (CM) desired.

Successful applicant must be able to complete a Federal Security Background Check to comply with TSA SIDA badging requirements; must have a fluent command of written and spoken English.

A complete job description can be emailed to prospective applicants

A cover letter, resume, and signed and notarized Yampa Valley Regional Airport Application must be received before 3 pm, September 23, 2016. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport Application is available in the Routt County Human Resources Office, 136 6th Street, Steamboat Springs, or can be emailed to a prospective applicant, or you can download a copy from our website at:

Failure to submit all of the requested paperwork will disqualify your application.

Deliver to: Human Resources, Attn: Assistant Airport Manager, 136 6th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO; or e-mail, or fax to 970-870-5362. Applications can be mailed to P O Box 773598, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477-3598. The application packet must be received on or before the deadline listed.

You may use any of the methods listed above to apply for this position.

Routt County is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Airport Operations Specialist/ARFF- Friedman Memorial Airport

The Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Airport ARFF/Operations Specialist. This position, under the guidance of the Airport ARFF/Operations Manager, is responsible for assisting with the daily management of the Airport Operations/ARFF (Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting) department to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the airport.
Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in airport administration, business management, fire science, and/or 5 years progressive experience related to airport operations, construction, facility maintenance, operation of heavy equipment, snow removal, and ARFF. Equivalent work experience can be considered. Experience as an Operations Specialist at a Part 139 air carrier airport is preferred. Salary is dependent upon qualifications.
Application information is available online at or in the Friedman Memorial Airport Manager’s Office, 1616 Airport Circle, Hailey, ID 83333. Resumes will be accepted until September 1, 2016. Qualified Candidates may submit their qualifications and anticipated salary requirements to or deliver them to the Airport Manager’s Office.
Friedman Memorial Airport is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free workplace. The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority is committed to compliance with Federal and State laws requiring that the Airport only hires workers who are lawfully entitled to work in the United States (U.S. citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization) without discrimination. As such, the Airport participates in the E-verify Program established by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to aid employers in verifying employment eligibility of all newly-hired employees. Our participation in the E-Verify program does not exempt us from the obligation to obtain a complete Form I-9 from every employee we hire.

Please see Job description below for more information:

Friedman Memorial Airport Seeks Airport Operations Specialist

Business Development Specialist- Northern Colorado Regional Airport

Do you have experience with airport development or marketing? The Northern Colorado Regional Airport is seeking your expertise.

The chosen candidate will be responsible to plan, develop, implement, and administer business development initiatives and marketing strategies that align with Airport plans. They will utilize an entrepreneurial approach, collaborative leadership style, and effective analytical skills, to perform these functions in addition to fostering relationships with leadership from organizations within the region. The primary objectives of this position include:

  • enhanced revenue generation and diversification,
  • maximization of development opportunities,
  • assist with the creation of and management of development review standards and procedures,
  • enhance community engagement through outreach programs including special events coordination, public relations, and communications.
Please see Business Development Specialist for more information.

National Transportation Safety Board Transportation Disaster Assistance Division Airport Disaster Response and Family Assistance Seminar

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Transportation Disaster Assistance Division in coordination with Denver International Airport (DEN) will be conducting the Airport Disaster Response & Family Assistance Seminar on August 30th -31st at the City Conference Room at the Airport. This seminar is intended for airlines (commercial and air taxi), airport authorities, emergency management organizations, state and local agencies, federal partners, support volunteer organizations, local fire and law enforcement agencies, and other individuals involved in preparing or responding to major aviation disasters.

The purpose of this two-day seminar is to help prepare organizations to respond and support families and survivors of a major aviation disaster. The seminar will focus on the lessons learned from previous accidents, recommended items for local plans, and what to expect in the first 24 hours of an aviation disaster. Please see additional information below.

Transportation Disaster Assistance Division Airport Disaster Response and Family Assistance Seminar Information

Regional Advanced ASOS School- Vail, CO

The Colorado Airport Operators Association (CAOA) is happy to bring a comprehensive training program on Advanced Airport Safety & Operations Specialist School, also known as ASOS to Vail this fall. The course will be presented by AAAE which has been training and certifying airport management professionals since 1954. Advanced Schools are tailored for individuals who have either attended an earlier ASOS school, experienced one or more annual FAA Certification Inspections or have at least two years of experience in airport operations. The school has fewer prepared presentations, and more group Part 139 problem-solving exercises so that all attendees can actively participate in the proceedings. Participants are encouraged to discuss best management practices and lessons learned at their airports or from other experiences.


The material covered can be applied to small, medium or large hub airports anywhere. The following persons should attend:

  • Apply 14 CFR Part 139, knowledge learned from the Basic ASOS School, and practical experience from your airport to solve airport operational case studies
  • Network with Airport Operators and industry professionals from around the country
  • Apply new airport operational techniques learned from this course to your airport
  • ASOS schools are an excellent option available for airport operators to comply with 139.303(c-e)
  • Learn how to respond to airport operational emergencies

The training will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 3 and will end at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. Breakfast and Lunch are provided by the Colorado Airport Operators Association. All sessions will take place at the  Evergreen Lodge 250 S Frontage Rd. Vail, CO 81657

AAAE_ ASOS registration CAOA Member Reg Form

Pueblo Director of Aviation

The City of Pueblo, Colorado, is accepting applications for Director of Aviation.  Under the general administrative direction of the City Manager or Deputy City Manager, this appointive position is responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the municipal airport.

The position requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Airport Management, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Public Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university;
  • At least four (4) years of highly responsible experience in airport operations, two (2) years of which shall be in a management capacity; and
  • A valid driver’s license by date of application and a valid Colorado driver’s license within 60 days of appointment.

Interested individuals can view additional details and submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary history by going to our web site at


Salary:  $6,996.10 – $8,552.37 Monthly
Application Window:  06/15/16 to 07/15/16