Norman E. Avery - Honored in 1995
Norm Avery was born April 7, 1940 in McPherson, Kansas. Although he showed an early interest in aviation it would be 1962 before he took flying lessons and soloed. Norm came to Colorado in
1965, Years passed before he would take up flying again and after some setbacks, he again soloed in October 1993 in an Ercoupe. He became a licensed pilot in 1995. The choice of an Ercoupe was necessitated by Norm's not having full use of his legs. He is now the proud owner of two Ercoupes.
In Colorado Springs he worked with the model rocket systems produced by Estes Industries. In this capacity he developed aerospace studies, teacher education programs and promoted public relations. Through these activities he reached and encouraged uncounted young aviation oriented people.
Norman then became associated with Denver’s Stapleton International Airport in the area of public relations and consultation. His outstanding friendly work proved most valuable and his expertise was requested by other airports which had need for his unique talents.
He proved valuable counsel in the design and building of Denver International Airport (DIA), especially in the provision for handicapped facilities. This work won DIA worldwide acclaim. He also conducted over I 100 tours and informational talks prior to the opening of DIA.
Norm was a leader in the organizing the extremely successful private plane fly-in that occurred prior to the opening of DIA. More than 1000 private planes took this opportunity to land on this gigantic airfield for this once in a lifetime experience.
He has worked with Colorado students at levels from elementary through university in aeronautic programs, and is much sought after for his knowledge and experience. He has long supported Civil Air Patrol, Federal Aviation Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs and he has been an active participant in conferences and seminars promoting various aviation subjects. He has written articles for the Frontier Airlines magazine, Air and Space magazine and he wrote a book Time Out For Tomorrow.
After the opening of DIA had been successfully accomplished Norm established a public relations consultation firm serving small airports throughout the nation.
Norm still serves the CAHS Board as an Advisor.