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CABA & MSU Denver Hold VFW Charity Airlift

Colorado Rural Communities Receive Needed Support

Contact: MSU Denver Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
CABA Contact: Mike Straka, Cell 303-881-3315

Posted: December 5, 2013

WHAT:  The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) with support from Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Precision Flight Team is holding its third annual VFW Charity Airlift to provide toys and nonperishable foods to veterans and their families in rural communities throughout the state. CABA placed donation boxes in various airport and business locations along the Front Range and Western Slope in early October, in hopes of collecting 10,000 pounds of goods. MSU Denver Flight Team pilots will donate their time and expenses to fly those goods into Montrose, Trinidad, Alamosa and Burlington, where they will be met by teams from Colorado’s Veterans of Foreign Wars representatives, who will distribute the donations to those in need. Destinations 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 the VFW Charity Airlift aligns well with the goals of both organizations. Last year, 22 Flight Team members delivered nearly 3,500 pounds of food and toys. Taking part in 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.



WHERE: Sunday December 8, 2013,

Departure Location, X Jet facility at 8201 S. Interport Blvd, Englewood, CO  80112


Estimated Event Agenda

MSU Denver Flight Team Pilots Arrive                                                             8:30 – 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 172a, Cessna 340 and others. Media can gain access to the aircraft and tarmac for loading and lift-off visuals with advance scheduling.


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

             Mike Straka, CABA Secretary and Airlift Committee Chair and U.S. Army veteran



About Colorado Aviation Business Association

The Colorado Aviation Business Association promotes the value of business and general aviation across Colorado.  Founded in 1994, CABA acts to address and respond to issues impacting Colorado including, safety and operational effectiveness; to educate the public about aviation activities in the state; to preserve the state's airport-related businesses as valuable economic assets to the community at large; and to provide for the training of future aviation professionals through its scholarship fund. 


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus 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.