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CABA & Metro State Hold VFW Charity Airlift 12/4

Colorado Rural Communities Receive Needed Support

Contact: Metro State Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
CABA Contact: Chris Swathwood, Office 303-410-1920, Cell 303-928-9243

Posted: November 28, 2011

WHAT:   The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) with support from Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Precision Flight Team is holding a holiday charity drive to benefit the State of Colorado's Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The association is collecting toys and nonperishable foods to aid veteran families throughout the state, including communities in Burlington, Trinidad and Montrose. Locations were selected based on regional VFW office needs, and the ability to provide support via private air service with timely delivery in advance of the holiday. CABA intends for this to be an annual event. 

WHY:      CABA and the Metro State Precision Flight Team have many personal connections to the military and both organizations believe the VFW Charity Airlift aligns well with their civic and industry goals. Collection efforts began in October with donation boxes placed in various airport and business locations throughout the state. Flight team members have donated their time and money for aircraft rentals for the delivery. Activities such as the VFW Charity Airlift is one of several reasons Metro State’s Precision Flight Team was awarded the 2011 Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award given to the top collegiate aviation program in the country. 

WHEN:   Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 • 8 – 11 a.m. 

Estimated Event Agenda

Donations Arrive at Airport                                                         8 – 8:30 a.m.

Metro State Flight Team Pilots Arrive                                          8:30 – 9 a.m.

CABA Volunteers Load Aircraft/ Preflight Inspections                   9  – 10 a.m.

CABA/ Metro State Flight Team Remarks                                    10 – 10:30 a.m.

Metro State Flight Team Aircraft Departures                                10:30 – 11 a.m.

Aircraft Arrive at Destination Cities (Burlington, Trinidad, Montrose)            Noon


PHOTO:  More than a dozen aircraft being loaded with canned goods, toys and supplies. Aircraft being used include: the Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 340, Diamond DA-20 and Piper Cub. Media can gain access to the aircraft and tarmac for loading and lift-off visuals with advance scheduling. 

WHERE: Departure Location, Centennial Airport

Aircraft Loading Event: Mayo Aviation (7735 S. Peoria, St. Englewood, CO 80112)

WHO: Tanya Gatlin, Metro State assistant professor and flight team faculty mentor, will be available for interviews along with student pilots.

           Brittany Davies, account manager and CABA VFW liaison, can provide details about CABA’s needs assessment for the VFW Charity Airlift event.  


About CABA
CABA's mission is to foster and promote aviation and related business throughout Colorado; to collectively address and respond to issues impacting Colorado airports, including safety and operational effectiveness; to educate the general public about all aviation activities in the state; and to preserve the state's airport-related businesses as valuable economic assets to the community at large. For more information on CABA and this year’s Charity Airlift visit


About Metropolitan State College of Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Science Department
Metro State has the fifth-largest collegiate aviation program in the country. In 2011, Metro State’s Precision Flight Team was awarded the Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award given to most outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country. The department owns and operates the Robert K. Mock World Indoor Airport, one of the finest collegiate aviation and aerospace computer and flight simulator training laboratories in the world. Prior to their appointment as professional educators, all department faculty accumulated a wealth of diverse aviation or aerospace career experience. For more information, visit


About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.