Colorado Department of Transportation – Director of Aeronautics, David Ulane

David Ulane is a Metropolitan State University of Denver Aviation and Aerospace Science Program graduate and a licensed general aviation pilot, bringing with him more than 25 years of professional aviation knowledge and experience. He began his career at Denver’s Centennial Airport in 1989. Since then, he has held management roles at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming, Utah’s St. George Municipal Airport, and Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

Most recently, Ulane was the Northwest Mountain Regional Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he was chief representative for AOPA’s local, state, and regional legislative affairs, airport advocacy, and general aviation development in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Remote Tower System Project is a strong collaboration among the FAA, Northern Colorado Regional Airport, and the Colorado Division of Aeronautics.  This leading-edge project will be the first in the world to integrate both video and track-based surveillance (radar) to provide a comprehensive view of the airport surface and Class D airspace to air traffic controllers working in a remote facility. The high-tech array will provide an enhanced view and situational awareness of the airport environment and Class D airspace that will be superior to that of a traditional airport traffic control tower, with construction, operational and staffing costs dramatically lower than necessary with a traditional control tower.