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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


1140 U.S. Higway 287 |#400-277
Broomfield, CO  80020 |303-271-4851



Environmental Regulations Workshop – Presentations

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




Environmental Regulations Workshop @ DIA

Register now for the “Environmental Regulations for Airports” Workshop. This workshop will address specific environmental regulations affecting the aviation industry. Instructors will include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Adminstration, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Oil and Public Safety, and others.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Denver International Airport, City Conference Room, NW Interior of Main Terminal, on the 6th level. 

Please email Sue Davidson at or call 303-342-4432 for additional information.

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ACE Training – Airfield Operations Review Course

The Colorado Airport Operators Association is pleased to announce that on June 25 to 28, 2012 they will be sponsoring a, AAAE Airfield Operations Review Course. This course is offered in the AAAE’s Airport Certified Employee (ACE) program and is a Part 139 based curriculum.
*****However, Certified and GA airports are encouraged to attend*****
Denver International Airport (DIA) will be the host Colorado airport and location for this training program.
The brochure gives the details of this program and agenda. Additionally the brochure gives you the contact information for close-by lodging.
There is limited seating and class will be filled on a first come first served basis however, CAOA members shall have until June 1, 2012 to sign up, prior to the event being opened to non-CAOA members and out of state interested aviation parties.
There is no-charge (FREE) registration for CAOA member airports, however if you are not enrolled in the AAAE-ACE program the attendee must sign up through AAAE. The AAAE/ACE enrollment fee is $390.00. Instructions are on the Brochure. The AAAE-ACE program fee must be sent directly to AAAE.
Please send the completed course application and confirmation that you have paid the program fee or state, that you are already enrolled in the ACE program to:
Ken Lawson, Front Range Airport, E-mail, or FAX 303 2619100. For Information contact Ken Lawson 303 261 9103 of Troy Stover at 719 550 1967
Do not miss this opportunity to get advanced training for your key personnel.


Airfield Marking Symposium

Denver, CO
September 17-19, 2012

Workshop Information

The Airfield Marking Symposium training is coordinated by Sightline, hosted by Denver International Airport. Attendees receive training with the Airfield Marking Handbook from the people who wrote it.

The workshop is a two and a half day course covering the best practices concerning airfield markings. Engineers, Applicators, Maintenance and Operations staff, Airport Managers and Inspectors will benefit from the training:

  • Classroom lecture each morning using the Airfield Marking Handbook
  • Field demonstrations each afternoon including ultra-high waterblasting by StripeHog, AirMark preformed thermoplastic installation, RoboBeader technology, and application and inspection techniques.

The workship will begin with a welcome reception on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 5pm MST, and will end on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Registration fees include reception, two hot breakfasts, two luncheons, all refreshment breaks and course materials. Dress is casual, we will be going to the host airport in the afternoons for field training.

Attending The symposium will pay for itself with money saved by employing best practices.
You owe it to your airport to be at this workshop in Denver in September.


$400 per attendee through September 2, $450 thereafter. Online registration at


Embassy Suites Denver – Aurora
4444 North Havana Street
Denver, CO 80239

*Use Group Code “SIG” to received the conference rate of $119/night.

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2012 Spring Conference – Vail, Colorado

Announcing the 2012 CAOA Spring Conference – Hosted by Eagle County Airport

2012 Spring Conference Brochure – Click to view

          Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa
          715 West Lionshead Circle
          Vail, CO 81657

  Hotel Reservations:
          Follow this link to make hotel reservations or call 1-877-622-3140
          Standard and Lodge rooms: $125.00 per night + taxes and fees – available through May 2, 2012
          Room rate available 3 days prior to, and 3 days following event

          Wednesday, May 30th to Friday, June 1st, 2012

 Golf Tournament:
          Vail Golf Club
          1778 Vail Valley Drive
          Vail, CO  81657
          May 30th, 2012 – 9:00 am start
          Cost – $90, includes lunch

 Exhibitor Space:
15 spaces available – 6’ Table provided 

Valley Events:
Teva Summer Mountain Games May 31 – June 3, 2012