March 9, 2023

FAA reauthorization and other timely issues will be addressed by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen at the annual Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) membership meeting, set for March 10 at Sheltair Aviation facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC).

In addition to talking about NBAA’s priorities for this year’s FAA reauthorization bill, Bolen will discuss the industry’s efforts to promote sustainability initiatives, the focus on business aviation’s workforce challenges and more.

He also will help CABA celebrate local legislative wins, such as the laser pointer bill, SB 095, which has passed the state legislature and is headed to Gov. Jared Polis for his signature.

“This legislation will increase the charges for aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft from a misdemeanor to a federal crime, also making it a criminal offense in Colorado,” CABA Chairman Brad Elliott said. “Prior to CABA’s efforts, the only efforts a local law enforcement officer could take when a suspect was in custody was to confiscate the pointer and refer the individual to the FBI.”

In addition to the laser bill, CABA has been spearheading an initiative to provide tax incentives within the state for sustainable and innovative aviation industry efforts.

NBAA’s Northern Mountain Regional Director Kristi Ivey noted, “CABA continues to be one of the leading regional business aviation groups because of its exemplary outreach and advocacy within Colorado and beyond. The organization fosters exceptional collaborative partnerships with key aviation stakeholders in the state and shares best practices with other local and regional group leaders around the country.”