The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) in collaboration with Colorado Pilots Association (CPA), Colorado General Aviation Alliance (CGAA), and Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association (CAAA), has introduced the “Support Aviation” license plate project to Colorado residents.
The objective of the plate is to raise awareness to the impact of aviation across the State of Colorado and how aviation impacts a multitude of Colorado industries, according to officials.
The Support Colorado Aviation License Plate Project needs to collect 3,000 signatures from Colorado residents to submit the ‘Support Aviation’ license plate to a state lawmaker who will introduce as a bill in next year’s general session. Should the bill pass through the capitol and be signed into law, the ‘Support Aviation’ license plate should be available to purchase from all Colorado DMVs in January 2016.
For more information on the project visit www.supportcoloradoaviation.com
Colorado boasts 76 public-use airports, serving 17,819 pilots and 5,483 general aviation aircraft. An estimated 1.8 million visitors arrive in Colorado on general aviation aircraft.
A 2008 Colorado Economic Impact Study stated that general aviation accounts for $1.91 billion in economic activity throughout the state. The 2013 numbers show that has increased to $2.4 billion. In total, aviation supports 265,700 jobs with an annual payroll of $11.2 billion and an economic impact of $32.2 billion.
Colorado is home to 40 charter flight companies, 69 repair stations, and 16 flight schools. In addition, there are 70 fixed-based operators in the state. Additionally Colorado is home to several colleges such as Community College programs across the state, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Redstone Aviation College in Broomfield.