Colorado air show to expand

Gary Rower flying a Stearman biplane in the 2009 Twilight Air Show. Photo by Ben Remy.

Gary Rower flying a Stearman biplane in the 2009 Twilight Air Show. Photo by Ben Remy.

Colorado Sport Aviation, Inc. (CSA) today unveiled plans to add additional attractions to its air show and fly-in for 2010. Next year’s event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of its venue. The Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In will be held Aug. 28-29, 2010, at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colo.

“CSA is exploring some new and exciting air show acts for 2010 to provide the audience with an enhanced experience,” said Scott McMillan, air show director. “Also, based upon feedback from the 2009 show, CSA will be expanding the static display area to include more warbirds and vintage aircraft. In addition, Saturday will now feature three unique and distinct air shows, culminating with CSA’s signature Twilight Air Show.” Following the twilight performance, Saturday’s activities will conclude with a fireworks show celebrating Metro Airport’s 50 years of success, he added.

“We are happy to partner with CSA to celebrate this major milestone for Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport,” said Kenny Maenpa, airport manager. “The event will not only celebrate the airport’s history and importance to the community, but also provide great family fun and enjoyment for our neighbors in the Denver metro area and throughout the region.”

“Improvements in the Fly-In experience are also planned for 2010,” said Jim Cimiluca, event director. Based on the successful launch of its “Pilot Stimulus Package,” CSA will add additional value to the package and provide even greater incentive for pilots to fly their aircraft in and participate in the event. “Our goal is to bring the largest group of fly-in aircraft ever seen to Metro Airport, filling the rows with every type of aircraft out there,” Cimiluca said. “We welcome them all.”

In addition to providing a weekend of aviation fun for people throughout the region, CSA reinvested more than $30,000 into the surrounding community through its support of numerous local organizations, including the inaugural presentation of the Berkman-Langen Memorial Fund grant. Through its partnership with the Colorado Civil Air Patrol, CSA awarded a young cadet a grant to enable him to continue training for a private pilot’s certificate. Plans in place extend this program to the general public for 2010. “Our mission focuses on providing children and young adults incentive and opportunity to continue their education, stay on track and maximize their potential,” Cimiluca said. “We believe providing access to general aviation resources makes connections to math and science fun and approachable.”

The air show and fly-in has a 30-year history. Before moving to Metro Airport in 2009, the event was held at airports in Watkins, Longmont and Greeley.

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