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GAMA Supports Colorado SKIES Academy Work to Foster Youth Aviation Education

GAMA NEWS 24-24 For Immediate Release: Jun 10, 2024

Jun 10, 2024
Contact: Andre Castro


GAMA Supports Colorado SKIES Academy Work to Foster Youth Aviation Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Colorado SKIES Academy recently announced that it has received an official charter authorization by the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI), allowing the middle school to continue to offer its unique educational experiences that cultivate student interest in aerospace and STEM fields.

“Since 2019, the Colorado SKIES Academy has been doing a tremendous job in shaping and opening young minds to the robust opportunities within the aviation industry. We applaud the Colorado Charter School Institute for issuing the charter authorization to the Colorado SKIES Academy which allows the school to continue offering its unique and dynamic education programs. Studies have shown that early exposure to aviation, aerospace and STEM disciplines help foster future interest in these fields, and the middle school outreach being done at the Colorado SKIES Academy has been exemplary,” said Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).   

The charter authorization will enable the Colorado SKIES Academy to enhance its programs, attract top-tier educators and provide learners with cutting-edge resources and technology. This pivotal development positions the academy to shape the future leaders of the aerospace industry, equipping learners with the skills and knowledge needed for success in an ever-evolving world.

“As an aircraft manufacturer based in Colorado, we greatly appreciate the work that the Colorado SKIES Academy is doing to further youth interest in aviation at the middle school level. They are doing an incredible job getting students excited and knowledgeable about the meaningful and rewarding opportunities the industry has to offer” said Thomas Bosshard, President and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd., and member of GAMA’s Board of Directors.  

Colorado Division of Aeronautics Director David Ulane said, “The Colorado Aeronautical Board and the Division of Aeronautics are thrilled to see Colorado SKIES secure a state charter, and this year we’ve committed to supporting their continued success through a $39,600 Division aviation education and workforce development grant for the acquisition of 45 student-buildable and flyable UAS.  Helping turn Colorado's passionate and enthusiastic students into tomorrow’s aviation professionals is a core part of our Division’s mission as we work to support Colorado’s critical aviation and aerospace industry, and we’re proud to support CSA and their outstanding programs."

The Colorado SKIES Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school serving grades 6-8 in Englewood, Colorado. The school's mission is to ignite a passion for learning through an aerospace-focused curriculum, preparing learners for success in high school, college and careers in STEM fields. The Colorado SKIES Academy offers a supportive and engaging learning environment where learners are encouraged to think critically, collaborate effectively and pursue their dreams. For more information about the Colorado SKIES Academy visit




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GAMA exists to foster and advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global business and general aviation industry. This includes promoting a better understanding of general aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul and the important role these industry segments play in economic growth and opportunity, and in serving the critical transportation needs of communities, companies, and individuals worldwide.