On May 3, 2017, HB17-1212 passed its 3rd and final reading in the Colorado Senate, and moves on to Governor Hickenlooper’s office to be signed into law. The Support Colorado Aviation License Plate Bill was introduced into the 2017 General Session after getting its start 3 years ago.
Colorado aviation associations first sought support for an initiative that would allow Colorado residents to flaunt their passion for aviation by way of a “Support Aviation” license plate in 2014. Led by the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA), an online petition was created in order to collect the necessary 3000 signatures needed to be eligible for introduction to legislation.
Chris Swathwood, who is a CABA board member and the designer of the plate, came up with the idea and said it “just sort of popped up one day when I was driving down the road”. Swathwood said he thought of other states’ aviation license plates and the impact of aviation in Colorado and wondered why his state didn’t have one too.
According to the license plate’s website www.SupportColoradoAviation.com, General Aviation in Colorado contributes $2.4 billion to the state’s economy, supports 265,700 jobs, and has a payroll of almost $11.2 billion. It has an estimated 1.8 million visitors, and proudly boasts 76 public-use airports, serving 17,819 pilots and 5,483 general aviation aircraft. There are 40 charter flight companies, 69 repair stations, 70 FBO’s, and 16 flight schools. There are also several colleges that provide aviation degrees.
Any Colorado resident with a registered vehicle in the State of Colorado may purchase the plates for the standard $50 special plate fee at the DMV, with no additional charges. At this time, CABA expects the plates to become available in Sept 2018.
We can’t wait to see these out on the road soon!