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Colorado Airspace Safety Meeting this coming Tuesday night at KBJC


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Airspace Safety Meeting

Colorado Heli-Ops will be hosting their 11th Airspace Safety Meeting Tuesday night the 30th of this month at 7pm. It will be held in the Mount Evans Room at the Terminal building at KBJC. There will be pizza, drinks and snacks. The address is 11755 Airport Way, second floor.

Here is the FAA link if you would like to get wings credit:


At the time of this posting there are only 17 seats left so if you want to go let us know, we may have extra room.


One of the Speakers will be Rick Durden from LightHawk: http://www.lighthawk.org

Rick is a volunteer pilot for LightHawk, a conservation organization of volunteer pilots that provides free flights to allow individuals and groups involved with conservation and environmental issues to get an aerial perspective and document areas at risk. Rick has been volunteering for LightHawk for over 20 years and has made flights in the U.S., Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. His articles about volunteer flying have appeared in AOPA Pilot and Plane and Pilot magazines. He has been a columnist for AVweb, the Internet aviation magazine and a writer for AOPA Pilot and IFR magazines. He holds an ATP with type ratings in the Cessna Citation and Douglas DC-3 and has been an aviation attorney for 34 years, although he cut back his practice last fall when he became the editor of Aviation Consumer magazine. He is also the author of The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual, or How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and have a Ball Doing It which you will have a chance to purchase and have signed at the end of the meeting. The book is normally $18.95, but will be $15.00 at the meeting. More info here:


We are very excited to hear from Jeff Puckett:

Jeffrey V. Puckett, veteran of the Oil and Gas exploration and production business, founded USAERO, LLC in Denver, CO in 1998. USAERO is well known as an aircraft sales company specializing in primarily new aircraft sales. Jeff is a competitive, award winning aerobatic pilot, and has represented Extra’s aerobatic line of aircraft for many years. In addition to EXTRA, Jeff also represents the Diamond Aircraft line of aircraft. Jeff personally flies his own Cessna CJ3 and Bell 407 helicopter. Over the past twelve years, USAero, LLC has excelled as a reseller of Mooney, Aviat, Diamond, Waco, Pipistrel and Extra Aircraft products.

In 2010, Jeff became the managing partner/CEO of Jet Linx Denver, a Jet Membership and Aircraft Management company based at Centennial Airport in Denver.

In 2011, Jeff was elected Chairman of the Board for Wings over the Rockies Museum after joining the board in 2007. He also served as General Chair of the Wingspan Campaign Steering Committee.

Jeff is a 2012 Inductee to the “Living Legends of Aviation”, alongside pilots such as John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Curt Russell and Morgan Freeman. Living Legends is a group of aviation entrepreneurs, innovators, record breakers, industry leaders, astronauts and pilots. He is the first recipient of the Harrison Ford Legacy of Aviation Award, presented at the 2009 annual Legends of Aviation gathering in Beverly Hills CA.

In 2012, Jeff was one of 18 airmen in the Citation Jet Pilots Association who qualified for 1,000 logged hours of Citation flight time. Since the founding of CJP, only 40 members to date have earned this award.

On Monday mornings Jeff sets aside several hours for his personal ministry called “Prayer One”. He provides weekly helicopter rides over Denver for ministry leaders, to encourage inter faith work in the region. To date, he has flown over forty five hundred community and religious leaders including opposing gang members, and has made a lasting, positive impact on the city where he grew up.

Pete Eunice, Doss Aviation IFS Safety Manager will be back up to talk about the changes in their airspaces in Colorado Springs.

The USAF Academy will also be there to talk about their operations and airspace changes.

Folks from the Pueblo Airport may come up and speak as well.

Taylor Albrecht from Independence Aviation will be back to do a presentation on using the Ipad for Aviation. They provide detailed classes on the system/apps and I can't wait to see his overview of the classes.

Bill Dunn from the FAA will speak about their efforts to make our airspaces safer.

If there is time I will do a short presentation on the Garmin 796. I used one with XM Weather on a 25 hour cross country flight in a helicopter from the East Coast to Denver last week and it was a great tool (21 hours of the flight I was solo and it was so easy with the Garmin). Either way I will have the GPS at the meeting for you to check out.


I also used SkyVector for flight planning.. this is a great resource:


Thanks everybody, we sincerely hope that you all can make it.

Dennis Pierce, Colorado Heli-Ops

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