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

Electric or hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (EVTOL) aircraft are a reality today, and that industry is working with the FAA to chart the course that will define the future of aviation. That was one of the big takeaways at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association's (GAMA) 2019 state of the industry event. GAMA's membership includes 79 companies focused on EVTOL aviation.

Engineers have developed a high-powered fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today's commercial fuel cells. It could power underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric aircraft at a significantly lower cost.

With the country’s longest-ever government shutdown in the rearview mirror, representatives from several aviation groups expressed guarded optimism for near-term government collaboration during a panel discussion at the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Conference in Washington, DC.

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.

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association unveiled its new program at the Naples Airport with a ribbon cutting and open house. The Naples Aviation Youth Project, a 501(c)(3) Florida nonprofit corporation, will be taking off shortly with their first group of young aviation enthusiasts on a big adventure: building a “Sling 2” airplane that will eventually make its first flight at the Naples Airport.

On behalf of Signature Flight Support, the BBA Aviation Charitable Giving Committee selected Dreams Soar Inc. to be the recipient of a BBA Aviation parent company donation of $7,500.00 towards inspiring and empowering girls and young women to consider pursue of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Aviation careers. 

The Florida Aviation Business Association met with legislators on February 19th and 20th push for changes in Florida law. FABA was joined by representatives of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA). Our focus this year is a reduction in the Florida Sales Tax on aircraft sales and changes to laws affecting mechanic’s liens on aircraft.

NASCAR’s Daytona 500, a national celebration of automotive speed, engineering and driver derring-do, will once again be supported by one of the most respected providers of aviation services, Sheltair Aviation, as the company welcomes General Aviation aircraft arriving at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), in the days and hours leading up to the February 17th event.  

The effects from the recent federal shutdown are still being felt throughout the entire aviation industry and the impending threat of another round is fast approaching. During the longest shutdown in U.S. history, essential government workers, including air traffic controllers and TSA agents, were required to work without pay.

The FAA should pull back its proposed airworthiness directive calling for logbook reviews and possible wing-spar inspections of up to 20,000 Piper PA–28 and PA–32 series airplanes and instead gather safety data through alternative, readily available, and less onerous means, AOPA said in a regulatory filing.

A team of Nottingham scientists is using drones to survey woody climbing plants and better understand how they may affect the carbon balance of tropical rainforests.

Western Michigan University is closing its Punta Gorda location in Florida, according to a press release. The university’s Florida campus, which offered programs for music therapy and aviation students, will be closed effective Aug. 31, the release said.

Calling for “a targeted solution to providing the FAA with funding certainty” during federal government shutdowns, NBAA highlighted several negative impacts from the recent 35-day partial shutdown to the business aviation community in a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.

January 23rd was an exciting day at the Boca Raton Airport as hundreds of students from Palm Beach and Broward County schools joined area veterans and local dignitaries for the Wings of Freedom Tour “Student Day” festivities.

A new report focuses on where best to find the next generation of aviation maintenance workers.

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