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CABA & MSU Denver Hold VFW Charity Airlift 12/2

Colorado Rural Communities Receive Needed Support

Contact: MSU Denver: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
CABA: Mike Straka, Cell 303-881-3315; Casey Boatman, Cell 720-474-2980

Posted: November 27, 2012

WHAT: The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) with support from Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Precision Flight Team is holding its second annual 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 Alamosa, Burlington, Delta, Grand Junction, 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.

WHY:    CABA and the MSU Denver 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. In 2011 the event secured nearly 1,500 pounds of food and toys with plans to double that amount for the 2012 drive.   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 MSU Denver’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. 2, 2012 • 9:30 – 11:30a.m.

 Estimated Event Agenda
MSU Denver Flight Team Pilots Arrive 9:30 – 10 a.m.
CABA Volunteers Load Aircraft/ Preflight Planning and Inspections 10  – 11 a.m.
MSU Denver Flight Team Aircraft Departures 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Aircraft Arrive at Destination Cities (Alamosa, Burlington, Trinidad, Montrose)

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


PHOTO:  Nearly a dozen aircraft being loaded with canned goods, toys and supplies. Aircraft being used include: the Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Cessna 340 and others. 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, MSU Denver assistant professor and flight team faculty mentor, will be available for interviews along with student pilots.

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


About CABA

Founded in 1994, the mission of the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) 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 University of Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Science Department

MSU Denver has the fifth-largest collegiate aviation program in the country. In 2011, MSU Denver’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 University of Denver

MSU Denver is Colorado’s best value in high-quality education. With 23,000 students, it is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.