Broomfield's Pilatus Aircraft gets $312 million order from Surf Air

Broomfield-based Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. is set to soar with a $312 million airplane order from a buyer with a Colorado connection. Surf Air, a startup membership airline run by former Frontier Airlines CEO Jeff Potter, has commissioned Pilatus to build 65 single-engine turboprops.

A 2013 study shows that Colorado airports create more than 260,000 jobs for the region

Airports, companies relying on air cargo, and spending by air visitors contribute an estimated $1.5 billion in aviation related tax revenues. There are an estimated 230,060 non-aviation jobs in Colorado that benefit from efficiencies gained through using the state's commercial and general aviation airports.

Colorado Heli-Ops is expanding once again

After their move in November to a larger newly remolded facility they have added new helicopters and services. Heli-Ops is now a full service helicopter flight center. Their award winning training training center is the first in the US to offer full-curriculum Scenario Based Training programs. They also have a Utility side of the operation and fly natural gas pipeline inspections, wildlife counts, power-line patrols and more.

Did you know... 18% of the aviation companies are located in Jefferson County, the second-highest concentration of the nine counties.

Room for growth at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

Verve Innovation Park has 573 acres of undeveloped land available on the southwest side of RMMA. The site, which sits strategically between downtown Denver and Boulder, is perfect for major corporations looking to locate near a highly educated workforce, other corporate technology companies, and a place with airport runway access and hangar space for corporate jets. The park is zoned for mixed-use including commercial, office, light manufacturing and aviation.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens Permanent Satellite Office in Colorado

Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, along with several elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, Colorado. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver's central business district, the new office will help the region's entrepreneurs advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more efficiently navigate the world's strongest intellectual property system.

Amelia Earhart selected the Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft as her choice for her around-the-world flight

Earhart, who was named after the famous aviator whose disappearance on a flight around the world 77 years ago remains a mystery, left Oakland on June 26. She stopped in Denver on June 27 for a ceremonial send-off then began her journey in a single-engine Pilatus PC12.

Jeffco's Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) creates thousands of jobs and brings million of dollars to local economy

The Rocky Mountain Metro economic contribution to the communities it serves is $460.5 Million in output and 2,670 Jobs with an annual payroll of $153.9 Million.