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State news: Colorado Aviation Groups Conducting Statewide FEMA Face Mask Airlift

Tuesday, August 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: NASAO


Denver, CO –The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) and Angel Flight West (AFW), with the assistance of Denver International Airport and the Colorado Division of Aeronautics, will host a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mask Airlift on Saturday, August 8th, 2020, from Signature Flight Support at Centennial Airport located in Englewood, Colorado.

The airlift mission will be carried out by volunteer pilots, and will deliver over 300,000 masks to airports around the state. The masks were provided by FEMA to Denver International Airport for distribution to Colorado’s public-use airports. The masks will be used by airport staff, tenants, pilots, and passengers, to help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. 

“This is a unique opportunity for general aviation pilots to come together in a coordinated response to this pandemic” said Chris Swathwood, Chairman of CABA. “We hope it will also help to highlight the critical role aviation plays in our state during times of need, as well as the important role Colorado’s smaller airports play in their local communities.”

“Since the end of March, our volunteer pilots, in collaboration with the Colorado Hospital Association, have been flying PPE to hospitals all over the state,” said Cheri Cimmarrusti, AFW’s Associate Executive Director.  “Now we're proud to continue our work by partnering with CABA, and other aviation organizations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by providing PPE to Colorado’s airports.”

Volunteers will be on hand at Signature Flight Support on Friday morning, August 7th, to sort the packages of masks for delivery to the individual airports. Then early Saturday morning, pilots donating both their time and aircraft will make the flight to over 30 Colorado airports to deliver the FEMA provided masks as part of the COVID-19 response.  

For more information, contact Kelly Sloan, 970-424-6615 email:

Shahn Sederberg                                
CDOT Division of Aeronautics
Communications Manager

Cheri Cimmarrusti
Angel Flight West


The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) is a grass-roots membership organization focused on the support and promotion of business and general aviation across the State of Colorado. More information at


Founded in 1983. Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-profit emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs, including COVID relief. More information at


Under the Direction of the Colorado Aeronautical Board, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics supports Colorado's multi-modal transportation system by advancing a safe, efficient, and effective statewide air and space system through collaboration, investment and advocacy. In partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, 74 public use airports and a diverse group of aviation system users, the Division also works to promote aviation safety and education through the efficient administration of the Colorado Aviation Fund.  For more information, check us out on YouTube, like us on Facebook,   follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


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