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The latest news in the CAOA

Leadville Airport Wins Award

Leadville Airport’s runway paving project wins the annual Colorado Asphalt Paving Association (CAPA) Project of the year award. Congratulations to Leadville Airport and to Kimley-Horn (CAOA member) for their design and management of the project.

FAA Proposed Airport Design Changes


  • Design Consideration (NEW): Additional factors to take into account during airport design that may influence application of a standard or recommended practice.
  • Standard (NEW): A physical characteristic, quality, configuration, function, operation or procedure established by the FAA as a benchmark for uniformity, safety, capacity, performance, economy and environmental quality. The FAA standards serve a prominent role in fulfilling the FAA’s statutory responsibilities summarized in paragraph.
  • Recommended Practice (NEW): Supplemental measures and guidelines the FAA recognizes as being beneficial towards enhancing safety, capacity or efficiency. Recommended practices imply discretionary application to address a site specific condition.
  • Requirement (NEW): A condition or action that establishes an obligation to conform. Mandatory language such as “must”, “shall”, “required” or “requirements” used in Draft AC
    150/5300-13B describe obligations that originate in either federal statutes or regulations. The AC does not establish or modify any requirements.

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CAOA Virtual Membership Meeting

2021 Presidents Message

Hello Colorado Airports,

As we come to the end of 2020, we can all look back on significant challenges especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impacts. We also have seen increasing attention on issues like PFAS, airport noise control, and ATC Privatization. Despite the CARES Act funding, the airlines and many of our airport businesses continue to struggle.

With the rescheduling of our Spring Conference to 2021 (still in Telluride) and continuing restrictions from COVID-19 we have not had a chance to provide important updates on these and other issues, so in the place of our normal Winter Conference we are presenting a virtual version following the CDOT-CAB meeting on January 25th.   In addition to important updates from the FAA, CDOT Aeronautics, CDPHE, and AOPA, we will provide an update on the valuable CAOA sponsored training opportunities that will be coming up later in 2021 and finalize our Board elections in June. As part of the elections process, we are seeking nominations to fill the position recently vacated by Zech Papp, Salida Airport Manager. We ask you to join us in thanking Zech for his service on the Board and to request your input to nominate his replacement.

Please submit your nominations or letters of interest to Ken Lawson at . We will be sending out the web link for the virtual Membership Meeting (Winter Conference) along with a finalized agenda shortly and we look forward to seeing you all on January 25th.


Best regards,
Dave Ruppel


Virtual Member Meeting details can be found here.

New Faces and Updates from Colorado Wildlife Services

In the last 6 months, Colorado Wildlife Services welcomed 2 new team members: Sharon Scully and
Jonathan Matthews. Sharon joins Colorado Wildlife Services as the Northeast District Supervisor and
Jonathan is the new CDOT Wildlife Biologist handling wildlife management for Part 139 airports
throughout the state.

Currently, Colorado Wildlife Services is performing 3 Wildlife Hazard Assessments
at Loveland, Aspen, and Grand Junction airports. Wildlife Hazard Training has concluded for 2020, but if
you will need training in early 2021 please let Jonathan know. Finally, Jonathan is currently updating
Form 37s for Migratory Bird Depredation Permits and application letters for Amendment 14 exclusions.

If you need help with your applications, please let him know. Jonathan can be reached at:

Sharon at

Privatization of the Air Traffic Control System

National Air Transportation Association is providing the following information to encourage those opposing legislation that would privatize the Air Traffic Control System to contact their representatives.  By going to you will be able to find more information on the issue.  The link also provides an easy way for the public to voice their opposition to representatives prior to the House vote on this proposal.  A NATA white paper can be viewed at Myths and Facts Surrounding Air Traffic Control Corporatization and their position statement on the issue.

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

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.