Director, Colorado Air and Space Port
Dave Ruppel is the Director of Colorado’s Air and Space Port located at the former Front Range Airport. A career Naval Officer and Helicopter Aviator who retired from the Navy in 2005, he established a second career as an Airport Manager at Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Steamboat Springs Colorado. During his nine year tour there he excelled in commercial airport development and created a world class resort airport serving the Yampa Valley and the resort communities. Mr. Ruppel was hired in November of 2014 to head Front Range Airport and bring the Spaceport licensing effort to completion. His efforts have helped to move the Air and Space Port closer to self sufficiency and resulted in the Colorado Air and Space Port’s receipt of its license as the 11th U.S. Commercial Spaceport on August 17,, 2018. Mr. Ruppel has an enduring passion for all aspects of Space operations and is developing Colorado’s Air and Space Port to be the premier Commercial Space and Aerospace center in the United States. Mr. Ruppel resides in Thornton with his wife Jill. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.