Florida Aviation Business Association
Serving the General Aviation and Business Aviation Community Since 1946

On behalf of Piper Aircraft, Inc. and our nearly 1,000 employees in Florida, we strongly support Senate Bill 580 that would reduce the state sales and use tax on aircraft from 6 to 4 percent, making us more competitive with nearby states. Florida is surrounded by states with either lower aircraft sales tax rates, or caps on total aircraft sales tax due.

The 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, on March 14-16, 2019.  This conference marked 30 years since WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian hosted 150 people for the first conference in Prescott, Arizona, hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the nearby Sheraton Hotel.

With an estimated daily fuel demand of more than 5 million barrels per day, the global aviation sector is incredibly energy-intensive and almost entirely reliant on petroleum-based fuels. Unlike other energy sectors such as ground transportation or residential and commercial buildings, the aviation industry can't easily shift to renewable energy sources using existing technologies.

The metamorphosis is complete: AOPA’s Sweepstakes Super Cub that debuted as a backcountry beauty in 2018 has taken on its final form for the giveaway this summer as an amphibian that’s equally at home on land and on water.

The unveiling of the White House’s $4.75 trillion budget on March 11 included $8.6 billion for a border wall, reductions in several domestic programs, and a significant boost for the U.S. military. But noticeably absent from this year’s budget? Air traffic control privatization.

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is proud to host the CAF Red Tail Squadron featuring their P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit! Join us as we explore the inspirational history of the Tuskegee Airmen through this extraordinary exhibit.

Engineers have captured the full complexity of bat flight in a three-dimensional computer model for the first time, potentially inspiring the future design of better drones and other aerial vehicles.

With just nine months remaining until the FAA’s Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B Out equipage deadline, a popular flight tracking website reports approximately seven out of 10 business aircraft are utilizing the technology.

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, like those sought by Uber Elevate and other aspiring providers in the developing urban air mobility market—on-demand, automated passenger or cargo transportation services, likely operated without a pilot—were a topic of lively discussion at the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta March 4 through 7.

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event Saturday, March 9, 2019, in commemoration of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

Despite a loss of up to 25 hangars, many aircraft and several buildings, Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs said early Sunday evening that no injuries had been reported.

The NBAA Safety Committee has identified the association’s Top Safety Focus Areas for 2019, highlighting a number of priorities in support of a greater commitment to business aviation safety standards.

Fully funding the FAA’s Contract Tower Program is a key aviation safety priority and should be adopted as part of the Department of Transportation’s fiscal year 2020 federal-spending bill, NBAA and other aviation groups said in a recent letter to congressional lawmakers.

Atlas Aviation has announced a new, long-term FBO contract at Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF) that also includes nearby Plant City Airport (PCM). The new agreement and operations at PCM will officially commence on March 1, and there will be an Open House event on Saturday, March 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free food, aircraft display, meet the staff, and HCAA management.

A Florida reliever airport violated terms of its federal grant agreements when it denied a Cessna Citation jet access to the airport and threatened its owner with arrest, the FAA ruled in a complaint brought by the aircraft owner.

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