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CABA & MSU Denver Hold 5th Annual 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 4, 2015

WHAT:  The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA), in partnership with Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Precision Flight Team, will hold its fifth annual VFW Charity Airlift to provide toys and nonperishable foods to veterans and their families in rural communities throughout the state. CABA has placed donation boxes in various airport and business locations along the Front Range and Western Slope in early October to collect 5,000 pounds of goods from Colorado residents. MSU Denver Flight Team pilots will donate their time and expenses to fly those supplies into Alamosa, Burlington, Las Animas, Pueblo and Montrose. These 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 holidays. Teams from Colorado’s Veterans of Foreign Wars representatives will distribute the donations to families in need.

WHY: With significant personal connections to veterans, both CABA and the MSU Denver Precision Flight Team support the goals of the VFW Charity Airlift. Last year, 20 Flight Team members delivered nearly 5,000 pounds of food and toys to deserving families.

MSU Denver was recently recognized by Military Times as one of the top 50 colleges and universities nationwide for veterans, as part of its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 ranking.


WHEN/WHERE: Sunday December 6, 2015

Departure Location: Flight Support at Centennial Airport, 8001 S. Interport Blvd., Englewood, CO 80112

 Anticipated Agenda

MSU Denver Flight Team Pilots Arrive                                            9 – 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                                                Noon – 1:30 p.m.

(Alamosa, Burlington, Las Animas, Pueblo, Montrose) 

PHOTO:  More than a dozen aircraft will be loaded with canned goods, toys and supplies. Aircraft being used include: the Cessna 172a, Piper Archer 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 associate professor and flight team faculty mentor, will be available for interviews along with student pilots.

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


About the 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

For 50 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution.

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