The private aviation industry is the focus of the June 11 open house being held at Centennial Airport. The open house is part of the Colorado …
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The private aviation industry is the focus of the June 11 open
house being held at Centennial Airport. The open house is part of
the Colorado Aviation Business Association’s celebration of General
Aviation Appreciation Month.
The free open house will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at
Signature Aviation, which is located on the south side of the
airport and signs will mark the route to the location. There will
be displays staffed by representatives of companies engaged in
various aspects of the general aviation industry inside the hanger
as well as a lineup of aircraft outside the hanger, ranging from
executive jets to a B-17 World War II bomber.
Visitors can walk around and take pictures of the aircraft. The
Wings over the Rockies Museum arranged for the B-17 to visit
Centennial and tickets can be purchased to ride on the historic
Euardo Avalar brought his son to last year’s open house and said
he plans to ask his brother to come along and bring his two
“My son Juan and I really enjoyed last year’s event,” the
Littleton man said. “We love airplanes and it was so cool to get
out and walk around some of them and to be that close to the runway
when a couple took off. My brother loves planes as much and we are
all looking forward to this year’s event.”
Reggie Arsenault, Colorado Aviation Business Association
chairman, said the open house is held in a effort to provide people
information about the importance of general aviation.
“The aircraft are the most visible part of the industry that
includes privately-owned small aircraft as well as aircraft used by
corporations and medical transport services,” he said. “All these
activities mean jobs. Additionally, a number of related businesses
and companies have located in the same area so the Centennial had a
big economic impact on the entire community.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a proclamation declaring
June as General Aviation Appreciation Month. The association open
house has been titled, “Aviation Saves” The theme focuses on how
aviation saves live, businesses, communities and the local
Centennial is the busiest general aviation airport in the state
and the fifth busiest in the nation. According to a report, there
were more than 289,000 flight-related operations at Centennial last
A 2008 survey indicated there are more than 10,000 people
employed as a result of the general aviation industry at Centennial
Many of those people are engaged in the aviation-related
operations such as maintaining and servicing the aircraft or
operating flight schools. However, the total includes related jobs
such as the employees at a hotel adjacent to the airport as well as
those staffing the rental car services on the field and the three
Actually, Centennial is one one of 75 general aviation airports
in Colorado. Combined, these airports serve about 24,000 pilots and
about 8,000 aircraft.
Arsenault chairs the CABA, which used to be the Centennial
Aviation Business Association. He said statistics show Colorado’s
general aviation airports contribute $2.1 billion to the state
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