• 22 Sep 2017 8:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 18, CABA Vice Chairman Chris Swathwood was a guest on the radio show "Connect & Collaborate," produced by the Colorado Business Roundtable and broadcast on KDMT AM1690.

    Also on the show were Jessica Freeman, Executive Director of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association, and CABA's lobbyist Kelly Sloan.

    You can listen to the recording by clicking the link below:

    https://www.globalair.com/directories/Hangars-for-Sale-Lease-191.html

    Scroll down to get to the replay link, which is below the runway.


  • 18 Sep 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CABA will be live on the radio this week on KDMT 1690 AM, on the Colorado Business Roundtable's "Connect and Collaborate" show.  This week will air a series of discussions of various topics in aviation.

    The shows air at 4pm every day beginning today. 

    Here is the topic list:

    Monday (Today) – CABA and Agricultural Aviation Association

    Tuesday – Airport Operators and David Ulane

    Wednesday – UAS Colorado

    Thursday – Seaplanes

    Friday – Tentative NBAA either Dan Hubbard or Ed Bolen


  • 18 Sep 2017 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Three aspiring aviation professionals were each awarded $3,000 in CABA Scholarship funds at the 11th Annual CABA/Signature Flight Support Golf Tournament held on June 15 at Black Bear Golf Club in Parker.

    The 2017 recipients are Ms. Kayla Hachen, Mr. Ryan Cannon, and Ms. Jenna Coffman.

    As the three students continue their studies, all have a passion and a drive for aviation.  Furthermore, these students show how vast aviation is and how it can be used to save lives, provide relief efforts, and even enhance business. 

    First, Ms. Coffman will apply her scholarship to flight training with Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, intending to become a medical flight pilot. She was in Civil Air Patrol training in California during the golf tournament and unavailable for photos.

    Next, Ms. Hachen (pictured at right) plans to become a pilot flying international  supply relief missions, and will use her scholarship for flight training with Western Air Flight Academy at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield, Colorado.   


    Finally, Mr. Cannon (pictured at left) is a sophomore at Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology in Broomfield, Colorado, where his scholarship will assist him to complete training as an Airframe and Powerplant Technician.  He will then continue on to a career as a maintenance technician in business aviation. 

    The CABA Scholarships were established in 2011 and are awarded to help support selected students or individuals with advancement of a career in aviation.  To date, the CABA Scholarships have provided a total of $36,500 in financial assistance to 19 men and women pursuing careers in aviation.  

    All aviation-related career tracks are eligible including, but not limited to: pilot, aircraft maintenance, airport operations, and management.  Applicants are evaluated by CABA’s Education and Outreach Committee, and recipients are selected based on their demonstrated dedication to an aviation-related career, scholastic transcripts, financial need, and recommendations from professional and/or faculty mentors.

    Visit the CABA Scholarships page for application information and materials.


  • 18 Sep 2017 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We, your board of directors, have been working hard to bring you more value in return for your membership dues. We do this through efforts such as meeting with the FAA and our Industry Advisory Board, keeping our members informed about the Metroplex and ATC privatization, as well as weighing in other issues affecting business aviation operations in Colorado.

    And of course our events such as the Static Displays coupled with Educational Series presentations have been very popular and we intend to continue with those. 

    To continue providing more value through effective legislative representation and other activities, membership fees will increase as of October 1, 2017.

    The new fees will go up by $10 - $50 depending upon membership type.

    HOWEVER - you can lock in the current rate if you renew before October 1, 2017

  • 18 Sep 2017 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    On Aug 10 and Aug 15, representatives of the CABA, including Chairwoman Kandi Spangler, took part in conference calls with the FAA’s Denver Metroplex Team to work through several outstanding items pertaining to the new arrival procedures for Denver’s satellite airports.  


    Several of the improvements included higher arrival altitudes, fewer or faster speed restrictions, and increased coverage within Denver’s Class B boundary.  In some cases, waypoints were also moved to accommodate local airport traffic and even skydiving activity at Longmont Airport in order to streamline approach routes.

    “Overall, I have been quite pleased with the FAA’s willingness to work with us over the past year on the redesign project,” stated Spangler, who has relied heavily upon operator input during the association’s involvement in the project.  “It’s unfortunate we were not invited to the table early on in the initial design phase so our ability to address larger issues had passed, but we are pleased with the incremental changes we were able to accomplish working with the FAA later in the process; all of which will have a positive impact on the business aviation community - both here in Denver and for transient traffic as well.”

    The Denver Metroplex Project now heads into an Environmental Assessment phase scheduled for spring of 2018, during which they will assess environmental impacts such as noise, air pollution, and other factors.  At that time, the FAA also plans to hold public workshops where they will present the proposed procedures. 

    Representatives from CABA will continue to stay involved in this project and keep our members informed of any updates.

    FMI on Denver Metroplex, visit: http://metroplexenvironmental.com/denver_metroplex/denver_introduction.html

    FMI on FAA Order 1050.1F-Environmental Assessment Process, visit:  https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/FAA_Order_1050_1F.pdf


  • 18 Sep 2017 6:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the upcoming 2018 general session of the Colorado General Assembly, CABA, through our sponsors, will introduce new legislation to modify the Colorado tax code pertaining to the aircraft sales and use tax exemption.  

    Current Colorado law exempts from sales and use tax, all aircraft used in interstate commerce by a commercial airline, and parts permanently affixed to those aircraft (C.R.S. § 39-26-711).  This exemption applies to state, Regional Transportation District/Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, county- and state-collected local taxes.

     A commercial airline is defined as an airline carrying freight or passengers on regularly scheduled flights for a fee (C.R.S. § 39-4-101(2)).  On-demand air carriers, commonly referred to as air charter or air taxi operators and operated under 41 C.F.R. Part 135, generally fall outside of the definition of a commercial airline specifically because they are “on-demand,” as opposed to “regularly scheduled” flights.  

    Therefore, purchasers of aircraft utilized in on-demand air carrier operations cannot avail themselves of the sales and use tax exemption under C.R.S. § 39-26-711.

    To remedy this inequity, CABA plans to introduce a straightforward bill to amend the exemption so as to include on-demand air carriers.  Over the past few months CABA has secured legislative sponsors Senator Jack Tate and Representative Tracy Kraft-Tarp, as well as the support of the President Pro-tem and Senate Majority Leader.  We continue to meet with state representatives to gain further support for the bill.  

    However, CABA still needs additional assistance and support from you as we prepare to navigate through the legislative process.

    The following anticipated benefits will help grow Colorado’s aviation industry and benefit the entire state:

    — Aircraft purchasers will place additional aircraft in commercial service in Colorado, which will increase jobs related to their operation.  Such jobs include pilots, maintenance and ground personnel, management, schedulers, administrative staff, and a host of related services.

    — Providers of services ancillary to the purchase, placement and operation of charter aircraft will see more business opportunities within Colorado.  These services include aircraft brokers and dealers, legal support, accounting, fuel sales and hangar services, among others. 

    — Colorado has a multitude of on-demand air carriers (approximately 40) which will have access to additional aircraft.  Often, charter companies do not own their own aircraft, but instead lease them from owners.  The expanded exemption will allow these air carriers an opportunity to update their fleet with newer aircraft with enhanced safety features. 

    — Colorado rural communities will benefit through additional service.  Service providers critical to rural communities, such as medical transport, rely upon on-demand air carriers to access communities with no airline service.

    — Aviation in Colorado currently supports 265,700 jobs with an annual payroll of $12.6 billion and an economic impact of $32.2 billon as cited in the 2013 Economic Impact Study provided by the Colorado Division of Aeronautics.  Many companies supporting these jobs will be more competitive and see increased growth through the proposed expanded exemption.

    — A recent survey of several Colorado based on-demand air carriers, show that on average each aircraft creates 5.26 jobs to support its operation.

    — A large cabin class aircraft requires a crew of 5 with average salaries of $550,000 per aircraft.

    — One on-demand air charter operator at Centennial Airport stated that with passage of the bill it would assist them in acquiring an additional three aircraft.  Each of these aircraft will have an approximate annual operating budget of $1,600,000 in variable expenses, of which about 70% remains here in Colorado adding another $3,360,000 in funds spent here. Thus these 3 aircraft alone would add an additional $5,000,000 in economic impact.

    — An on-demand aircraft operator based at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield with aircraft and crews based at KBJC (Rocky Mt Metro), KAPA (Centennial), KEGE (Eagle/Vail), KTEX (Telluride), and KASE (Aspen), stated that passage of the bill could help them acquire an additional 3-10 aircraft, adding as many as 50 new jobs at multiple locations in the state.

    — The impact on tax revenue will be minimal compared to the overall economic benefit.  Aircraft owners utilize sophisticated tax planning to mitigate sales and use tax.  Often, this analysis results in owners simply basing aircraft in other states.  Incentivizing owners to keep these valuable assets in Colorado and place them further down the stream of commerce through commercial service will create opportunities that justify this legislation.

    CABA needs to raise $50,000 to cover expenses associated with the introduction of this bill and the efforts needed to promote it through the 2018 legislative session.  

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