Aviation Archaeology Program AvAr  
AvAr Subject Matter Experts Meeting
Dec. 10, 2005  Longmont Public Library
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The  first meeting of the AvAr Developmental Team met in 2005 at the Longment Library. Photos of Team members, classes, and Field Trips. Left to right: Duke Sumonia, Len Wallace, Jon Watson, Lance Barber, Jim Coyle, Brian Richardson, Ron Miller, Peter Luce, and Andrew McKenna. Not shown, Capt. Skeet Gifford.

AvAr Subject Matter Experts Meeting
Dec. 10, 2005 Longmont Public Library
(CLICK on photo to display text)
The first meeting of the AvAr Developmental Team met in 2005 at the Longment Library. Photos of Team members, classes, and Field Trips. Left to right: Duke Sumonia, Len Wallace, Jon Watson, Lance Barber, Jim Coyle, Brian Richardson, Ron Miller, Peter Luce, and Andrew McKenna. Not shown, Capt. Skeet Gifford.

Description : Aviation Archaeology "AvAr"


CAHS will be developing and presenting new classes and on-going field trips in Aviation Archaeology. Dates, times, locations, costs, curriculum, and trip locations will be announced in the near future, and details are currently in the design stage. All program details will be reviewed and approved by the CAHS Board of Directors prior to announcements of classes and field trips.

AvAr Program will focus on the following aspects: preservation of the site, recording the remains of the site, creating a history record of an aviation event or facility through field research and creating a statewide repository for this data and information. This program will widen the participation and membership in the Society with this exciting new program. The history of aviation in Colorado is rapidly disappearing and is not being recorded. This is where new memberships will be able to research, explore, visit, document, and then share the Colorado aviation heritage with its members and the citizens of Colorado.

In addition to the society benefiting from this program, our national park and forest services have expressed an interest in a cooperative agreement that would see the CAHS sharing its data with these federal agencies. Charged with cataloguing all historic sites on their respective preserves, manpower shortages have prohibited them from undertaking this task previously. Since US laws dictate that any artifact resting on public land after fifty years automatically gains historic significance and is therefore protected, all aircraft wrecks prior to 1956 have long since become an issue for them. The Society plans to work closely with these agencies to accomplish our mutual goals.

To meet the challenges of this awesome undertaking will require a small army of dedicated volunteers fit enough to trek to these sites while also properly trained in methods of researching, locating, identifying and recording historic locations and artifacts. Enter the Society’s AvAr Training Course.

CAHS AvAr Volunteers:
Lance Barber, CAHS Special Projects Director
Brian Richardson, CAHS AvAr Project Mgr. & Aviation Safety Inspector
Jim Coyle, CAHS member.

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