Dr. David Callender - honored 2010
David Callender, a Colorado Orthodontist, was born February 10, 1933 in Marysville, Kansas. He established residence in Colorado in 1945. His aviation career began when he soloed in a Piper PA18 in 1954 while in the Air Force. Since that time he has accumulated over 3,000 hours of tail-wheel time. He has also gained certification in many ratings, from private to ATP, multi-engine, seaplane, and a T-33 jet trainer-type rating. Dave owns two planes, a Steen Skybolt, and his famous white Harlow, one of only three extremely rare antiques licensed to fly in the world. He is anxious to share this plane with others, and takes it to air shows to let fans share this rare plane. He has been Assistant Chief Instructor at Air West Flight School, and is a FAA safety counselor of long standing. Dave's students included his son, who has gone on to be a United Airlines pilot. He has been a prime mover in the establishment of Jefferson County Airport JEFFCO and its subsequent improvement. He was a member of the JEFFCO site selection committee and he worked with its Board of Directors to arrange for the installation of a FFA Tower at the airport. In 1993 he was the Chairman of the JEFFCO Board of Directors. During the time Dave worked with this airport, they have built a 25,000 square-foot terminal complex, new executive hangars, and a new 7,000 foot runway parallel to the 9,000 foot runway. Dave is known to support all positive aviation activities, such as air shows, fly-ins and airport benefits, and can be found at most of these in his Harlow. Dave is also active in the Colorado Antique Aircraft Assn., Silver Wings, Past President of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society, and currently honored adviser to the CAHS Board.