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The latest news in the CAOA

Spring Conference Success

Kudo’s to Grand Junction Airport Staff for hosting this terrific event.

Fun Fact: All-Time record attendance

  • 182 registered
  • Over 200 attended Thursdays Hangar Party at WestStar Aviation
  • Over 50-golfers
  • 20-Exhibitors

We look forward to seeing you in 2023!

View the Presentations

See all the presentations on our Resources page.

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New Educational Scholarship Fund

The scholarship has been awarded. See the details here.

On February 3, 2022 the CAOA Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Educational Scholarship fund available to active college level students enrolled in a Colorado college and pursuing an Airport and/or Aviation Management degree.

The scholarships are 2-each at $2500.00. These scholarship funds will be budgeted annually and will be approved based on CAOA funds available. The Boards hope is that this program is available for many years to come.

Program details, Rules & Regulations, registration instructions and application form will be brought on-line in the next few months.

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Airfield Marking Professional (AMP) Certificate Program

Sponsored by CAOA

The CAOA along with CDOT/Division of Aeronautics is pleased to bring the Colorado Airports and Colorado Airport Industry Professionals a chance to acquire critical training to enhance Airport Safety around Colorado.

Date: July 19, 20 & 21, 2022

Location: Colorado Springs Airport (COS)

Instructors: Sightline Inc.

Class Size: Maximum 45

Who can Attend and Costing: (In order of priority and sign-up date)

  • 1st Priority – Employees of Colorado public-use Airports. Deadline for a Colorado Airport to hold a confirmed slot is June 5, 2022.
    Cost: FREE
  • 2nd Priority – CAOA Corporate/Business Members,
    Cost: FREE for paid CAOA Members
  • On a ‘space available’ basis, includes CAOA non-members, out of State Airports/Aviation Professionals.
    Cost: $763.00/Student

Sign-up Today!

The deadline for Colorado Airports to hold a slot is June 5, 2022.

Send the following information to:
Ken Lawson, Business Mgr. CAOA,  or call 303.947.7815

As a backup email address use:

  • Name of Airport, Primary Airport phone number, full address
  • Student(s) full name, phone number (cell best), email address

Course information

Meals: CAOA will provide: 1) Morning and breaktime snacks and beverages, and 2) lunch and beverages will be provided on-site. Student responsible for their breakfast and dinner as needed

Lodging: Students responsible for all lodging.

Hotels available:
Close proximity to the Training Site

  1. Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs, 1645 N. Newport Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916, 719.597.7000
  2. Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport, 2035 Aerotech Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, 80916, 719.622.0300

Another successful Winter Conference & Legislative Reception

One year after canceling the in-person 2021 Winter Conference, due to the Covid issues, the 2022 Winter Conference held February 1 & 2 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was a success. 123 CAOA members (both airports and the Corporate/Business members) along with 23-State Legislators registered. In spite of a Winter Storm Warning and the eventual 6” of snow on Tuesday night and the lingering Covid-masking issues, there was a great turnout.

The topics at the event consisted of the usual great industry updates by the FAA and CDOT/Division of Aeronautics. Tuesday’s session on ‘Airport Noise and Land Use Issues’ included industry experts Gene Reindel with HMMH and Charles McDermott with Dibble Engineering, bringing their National and Regional expertise on the subjects.

The follow-up session, a panel discussion with 3-Colorado airports, (Centennial, Rocky Mountain Metro, and Colorado Springs) detailing their Noise and Land Use Issues along with the audience Q & A, certainly put light on the subject that all airports, big or small, should be aware and pro-active in identifying their specific community impacts.

Land Use Compatibility
Dibble’s Conference Presentation

Airport Noise
HMMH’s Conference Presentation


Successful Pavement Maintenance Training, August 2021

Participating in this highly successful training event were 28-airport employees from 11 airports, 5-engineering firm employees and special thanks to our training teams from:

  • Asphalt Systems

  • Vance Brothers

  • CDOT / Division of Aeronautics

  • American Concrete Paving Assn.

  • Colorado Asphalt Paving Assn

  • Concrete Works of Colorado

  • IHC Scott, Concrete

  • Optimal Aggregates

Colorado Division of Aeronautics completes statewide initiative to minimize environmental impacts of toxic chemicals in firefighting foam at Colorado airports

WATKINS, Colo.:  In August 2019, the Colorado Aeronautical Board (CAB), which oversees the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, approved $400,000 in state aviation funding to assist Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified commercial service airports in Colorado with the acquisition of equipment to minimize the environmental impact of aircraft firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

This innovative initiative, only the second such program in the nation, was developed in collaboration with airports and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This effort comes amid an increasing environmental focus on PFAS chemicals, as they have been found to pose challenges to drinking water supplies. Airports certified under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 are currently required by federal regulations to use PFAS-based foam, and to annually test and certify aircraft rescue firefighting equipment and the foam utilized. Under the provisions of this new statewide aviation initiative, the Colorado Division of Aeronautics provided 100% funding for the acquisition of specialized testing and containment equipment designed to allow FAA-compliant firefighting foam testing to take place without the need for regular foam discharges.

In September of 2021, this statewide initiative was completed, with all eligible Colorado airports having acquired and deployed their foam testing equipment. (Photo below of the foam testing cart at the Telluride Regional Airport). In total, 12 eligible airports participated in the program, with the exception of Denver International Airport, which already had the equipment, and Colorado Springs Airport where aircraft rescue and firefighting services are provided by the U.S. Air Force.

In developing this statewide aviation initiative, the Colorado Division of Aeronautics has established a strong partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to support CDPHE’s efforts in mitigating PFAS chemicals statewide. “The CAB and the Aeronautics Division are proud to support CDPHE’s PFAS mitigation efforts and assist Colorado’s airports in proactively taking action to be good stewards of our environment and Colorado’s local communities,” said Aeronautics Division Director David Ulane.

Kenneth Maenpa said, “as Chair of the Colorado Aeronautical Board, and manager of the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) I am delighted that TEX is one of the airports that has participated in the Division’s initiative to eliminate the need to put harmful PFAS agents into the environment while meeting FAA testing requirements.  This equipment is a remarkable tool for ensuring our aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment meets FAA standards while also helping us protect our environment.”

“A top priority for breaking the chain of exposure to these toxic chemicals is preventing further contamination. We applaud the Colorado Division of Aeronautics for successfully completing this innovative solution to help our airports move more quickly to meet federal requirements while protecting our communities and environment from additional harm caused by long-term exposure to these chemicals,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

This mission of the Colorado Division of Aeronautics is to support Colorado’s multi-modal transportation system by advancing a safe, efficient, and effective statewide aviation system through collaboration, investment and advocacy.

CDPHE’s mission is to advance Colorado’s health and protect the places where we live, learn, work, and play.

More information can be found at

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.