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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

Airport Accounting Manager- Colorado Springs Airport

Airport Accounting Manager

As the Airport Accounting Manager (an at-will position), you will direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the activities and operations of the accounting and finance functions of the Airport, including accounting, cash management, accounts payable/receivable, budget, rates and charges, and grant administration.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of the Airport’s financial reporting system to ensure integrity and the accuracy of data
  • Oversee and coordinate the Airport’s rates and charges program
  • Oversee, direct, and participate in the development and administration of the Airport’s Capital Improvement program
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the annual budget
  • Oversee all federal, state, and local grant and passenger facility charge applications
  • Evaluate funding sources; provide cash management reports and analysis to the Aviation Director for capital needs and long-term debt decision making
  • Supervise month-end and year-end accounting procedures
  • Coordinate with external and internal auditors for the audit of financial results and audits of Airport tenant operations
  • Coordinate assigned accounting functions and duties with staff, other departments, and outside agencies
  • Monitor workflow; evaluate production and work quality; and provide feedback on personnel performance issues
  • Identify opportunities for improvement; develop and implement new processes and procedures


Examples of Job Competencies

Knowledge of:

  • Airport administrative, accounting, and finance functions
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Generally accepted accounting principles
  • Modern office procedures and equipment, including computers and supporting software (especially Microsoft Office applications)

Ability to:

  • Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of governmental accounting
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports
  • Provide exceptional customer service
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Applicants should go to the link below to apply:

Equipment Operator- Colorado Spring Airport

Colorado Spring Airport Seeking Equipment Operator

Job Title: Equipment Operator I
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 05/29/16 11:59 PM Mountain Time
Salary: $2,515.08 – $3,143.83 Monthly
Job Type: Full-time
FLSA: Non-exempt position, eligible for overtime compensation
Location: Airport – City of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Department: Airport

Please see the below Job Description for more information:

Posting 12062 Equipment Operator I

Apply Here 

Assistant Aviation Director- Eagle Vail County Regional Airport

Assistant Aviation Director- Eagle Vail County Regional Airport

Position Description:

Directs, coordinates and supervises operations and customer services for terminal facilities. Assists the Executive Aviation Director with compliance of FAA Part 139 and TSA 1542 regulations. Monitors building activities, coordinates work with airline station managers and federal agencies, directs patrol and inspection of terminal facilities, oversees performance of service agreements, and provides for the safety and security of passengers, businesses and employees.

Exercises considerable independent judgment and technical managerial expertise in directing comprehensive terminal facilities and commercial ramp operations to provide for the safety and convenience of passengers and businesses.

Supports Executive Aviation Director in planning, service, marketing, public relations, business development, strategy, construction project oversight, and security operations.

General direction is received from the Executive Aviation Director.  Assumes role of Executive Aviation Director in absence of Aviation Director and attends meetings and conferences in their absence.

For more information please see the job posting below:

Assistant Aviation Director – CAOA

Wildlife Hazard Management Program for Colorado Airports

USDA Efforts to Manage Wildlife Hazards at Colorado Airports

In an effort to provide important information to Colorado CAOA members, please feel free to forward this email highlighting the cooperative efforts between USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services and CDOT-Division of Aeronautics (CDOT) within the state of Colorado to address wildlife hazard management for aviation safety.

One of the many roles of USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services (WS) is to alleviate wildlife hazards at airports nationwide. Since 2006, the cooperative agreement between WS and CDOT has received national recognition and has become a pro-active model for other states in need of maintaining FAA compliance in regard to wildlife concerns. Since this cooperative program began, Colorado WS program has experienced an increase in interest and support for airport wildlife management. Over the last 7 years, WS assistance to airports has expanded from 10 airports to over 25 of the 76 public-use airports in Colorado.

Responsibilities of Colorado WS’ airport program are numerous and include, conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments, Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, federal and state permitting, habitat management recommendations, surveying, wildlife control, land-use planning, and establishing and maintaining working relationships with property owners adjacent to airports. All the while, complying with Federal, state, and local laws to provide our best service to each airport.

Below is a description of services that the WS program provides to Colorado airports each year:

Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHA)

A WHA is a detailed evaluation of wildlife conditions at an airport, documented in a formal written report to the airport manager. This is a comprehensive 12 month study where data is collected through on-site observations, surveys, and data analysis. This study is necessary for a complete evaluation of all factors contributing to wildlife hazards specific to an airport, including seasonal wildlife occurrence and abundance.

Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMP)

A WHMP is a document that describes the responsibilities, policies, and procedures to reduce wildlife hazards at airports. It provides guidelines and action plans to accomplish prioritized wildlife management objectives within defined time frames. Content requirements for the plan have been established by the FAA in 14 CFR Part 139.337 (f). The WHMP is a working document that must be reviewed annually. Most certificated airports in Colorado have an FAA-approved WHMP that is reviewed and updated annually by WS and incorporated in the airports’ Airport Certification Manual (ACM). This includes reviewing each section within the WHMP such as habitat management efforts and priorities, evaluating the responsibilities of the wildlife hazard committee members, ensuring that proper federal and state permits are current and included in the plan, and confirming that wildlife control procedures were utilized on the airfield to avoid a hazardous condition. Assessing each aspect of the plan helps airport management gain an understanding of where the problems are and what methods are most effective in alleviating the concerns.

Wildlife Hazard Management Annual Training

For certificated airports, the FAA requires airport employees involved in implementing an airport’s WHMP to receive annual training (14 CFR part 139.303). Non-certificated airports have requested this training as well, but it is not required. WS develops training courses each year in wildlife hazard management according to FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-36.  Upon completion of the training, the list of a list of airport personnel is provided to the FAA for verification during certification inspections.

Wildlife Strike Identification and Reporting

It is extremely important to the aviation industry to report “wildlife strikes”. Statistics are compiled by the FAA using data collected on the FAA Form 5200-7. The data collected helps develop management programs specific to their airports. WS helps in the identification of wildlife species that are struck, submits wildlife strike information to the FAA and provides recommendations to the airport.

Obtaining Federal and State Permits for Wildlife Control
Wildlife management on airports requires lethal and non-lethal techniques to reduce or eliminate threats to human safety or damage to aircraft and operations. State and federal permits are required in Colorado before certain species can be lethally removed or harassed from safety areas. WS assists airports with all permitting processes by completing permit applications and submitting required documentation.

Wildlife Control

Wildlife population management is often necessary to address immediate hazards to human health and safety caused by wildlife. WS possesses all the necessary permits and licenses to conduct direct control activities to reduce hazardous wildlife populations on/near airfields. This includes the use of toxicants and pesticides with a Qualified Supervisor Pesticide License and Firearms Certifications.   Wildlife control is a necessary tool that airports can and do rely on WS to conduct on their airfields. Airport managers contact WS for non-lethal, as well as lethal measures on their airfield. For example, prairie dog control continues to be a priority for many airports in Colorado and management of populations on an airfield is difficult and time-consuming, yet imperative due to safety concerns.  Prairie dogs pose an immediate threat by burrowing within safety areas as well as attracting numerous predators to the airfield including hawks, owls and eagles and coyotes which can cause significant damage to aircraft.

In conclusion, ALL Colorado airports are able to accomplish wildlife management objectives more efficiently and effectively when CDOT collaborates with WS. WS will continue to provide exceptional service to the Colorado airport system because of the increasing requirements, awareness and support of the program by airport managers.  

Attached are some interesting highlights of the accomplishments of our wildlife hazard management program for Colorado airports during 2013. As always, thank you for your continued cooperation and support to ensure we are maintaining high standards to protect Colorado’s aviation community.


Kendra Cross
USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services
12345 W. Alameda Pkwy Ste 204
Lakewood, CO

303.236.5815 office
303.859.0399 cell

USDA Accomplishments 2013