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The latest news in the CAOA

Gary Coulter


This past weekend Colorado lost an Aviation legend on Sunday 12/15/13.  Gary was Airport Manager at Meeker (Coulter Field) Airport for over 54 years.  Gary had passion for Aviation and was truly generous with his knowledge and expertise.  CAOA would like to send our condolences to the Coulter Family and celebrate his remarkable life and contribution to the Colorado Aviation Community.  Gary's daughter Samantha Coulter Lopez has been assisting her Dad in managing projects at Coulter Field for over 10 years and will continue to operate the Airport along with her brother Lanny Coulter who has worked with Dad for over 30 years in the family business, Coulter Aviation.  During Gary's 54 years of operating the Airport he has built his business in Agricultural Spraying, Maintenance, FBO and Charter services.    Thank you Coulter Family for your support of Colorado Airports.

Annual Environmental Regulations for Airports Workshop @ DIA

DIA is hosting the annual Environmental Regulations for Airports Workshop on SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 in the City Conference Room which is located in the Terminal Level 6 on the west side.  This conference is Sponsored by DIA and CAOA and the Workshop is FREE, Lunch and snacks will be provided.


Please see below for the presentations from the 2013 Environmental Regulations for Airports Workshop at DIA:

Air Permitting in Colorado (Wind River Env'l Group)

CDOT Sustainability Plan for GA Airports (Mead & Hunt)

Energy Management and Renewable Energy (DIA)

NEPA and the FAA (FAA)

Leaking USTs and Future Development (Colorado Springs Airpo

Recycling, Composting, and Plastic Film Baling (DIA)

Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program (CDPHE)





NWAAE and DIA Winter Operations & Deicing Conference & Exhibition

AAAE/Northeast Chapter AAAE Large Hub Winter Operations & Deicing Conference and Exhibition

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Northeast Chapter AAAE, and the Denver International Airport (DIA) are pleased to present the 13th Annual Large Hub Winter Operations and Deicing Conference and Exhibition, July 21-23, 2013, in Denver, CO.  This is an excellent training Opportunity for ALL Colorado Airports of any size that conduct Snow Removal and Ice Control during Winter Operations.

Register Here

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AAAE Presentation Advantage Training Seminar

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and FranklinCovey, in cooperation with the Front Range Airport (FTG), will conduct it's first Presentation Advantage Training Seminar, May 9-10, 2013 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.  All sessions will take place at the Front Range Airport (FTG) in the Airport Authority Room inside the main airport terminal.

This seminar will empower all team members, especially key employees, with strong presentation skills that will help prevent communication breakdowns, disorganization and lost revenue.  Your organization could experience the positive business impact of presentation that are clear, convincing and motivating.  With FranklinCovey's Presentation Advantage seminar, you will close the presentation competency gap across your organization.  Executives, managers and staff alike will strengthen presentation performance, empowering them to motivate teams, close deals and improve results.

The FranklinCovey Presentation Advantage Seminar is taught as a two-day, facilitator-led program where participants will learn how to:

1. Identify the presentation objectives, audience needs and expectations

2. Use the Presentation Planner Tool

3. Utilize powerful communication and persuasion strategies, even in the face of fear

4. Practice to perfection, prepare effective presentation notes and handle questions

Register today.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces grants to 44 Colorado Airports

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today authorized the distribution of $20.6 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues through 44 grants to Colorado general aviation airports under the Aviation Discretionary Grant program. The program is administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics.

“We have improved public-use airports all across the state by leveraging these grants with local and federal matching funds,” Hickenlooper said. “These airports are critical to the economic well-being of communities as energy, tourism and business travel to local destinations continues to grow. Developing and maintaining an efficient, safe transportation system is vital to Colorado’s economic growth.”

The grants ranged in size from $3,650 to $3 million and require local or federal participation. The projects receiving funding include safety and infrastructure projects needed at airports ranging from Denver International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, to community airports in places such as Springfield and Paonia.

“It has been gratifying to see this program grow over the years,” said Joe, Thibodeaux, chairman of the Colorado Aeronautical Board. “Our public-use airports have consistently come to us with outstanding projects that serve important public transportation needs, and we are pleased to be able to help make these projects a reality. This is a true example of state/local and often federal partnerships that together help us accomplish much more than any of us would be able to do by ourselves.”

The Aviation Discretionary Grant Program was instituted by an amendment to the Colorado Constitution in 1992. Proposals from public-use airports are received and evaluated by CDOT Aeronautics staff and approved by the Aeronautical Board, which is comprised of aviation industry representatives appointed by the governor and approved by the Colorado Senate.

Click here to view spreadsheet which provides individual project details, including state funds, local funds, federal funds and the type of project to be funded.

CAOA Approval of Resolution supporting CO Aviation Fuel Tax

Dear CAOA Members,

I am pleased share that the CAOA Board has approved Resolution #121312 supporting the Colorado Aviation Fuel Tax.  We are preparing for the 2013 Colorado General Assembly and this unanimous Resolution will be an important part of our arsenal.  I would also like to encourage Colorado Airports to have their sponsor’s draft separate resolutions that support the Colorado Aviation Fuel Tax and how your Airport has been supported through capital projects, FAA local match for projects, maintenance, equipment, inspections, and general support from the CDOT Aeronautics Division.   Please forward any adopted resolutions to me at





Kenneth E. Maenpa | President


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Environmental Regulations Workshop – Presentations

Below are the presentations from the Environmental Regulations Workshop, hosted by DIA on Thursday, October 18th, 2012.