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

Santa is giving his reindeer a short rest this holiday season. Instead of his reindeer pulling his sled, Santa is arriving at Banyan Pilot Shop on Saturday, December 1, in a HondaJet private jet!

Engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an 'ionic wind' -- a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, and that generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.

As Congress resumes its Lame Duck session, the legislative branch has just 11 days to secure funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and six other agencies for Fiscal Year 2019 or risk a partial government shutdown.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) announced a funding initiative with the U.S. Air Force to encourage youth to enter military, commercial, or additional aviation careers in the face of a pilot shortage that is expected to affect the future of air travel.

Jack Elliott Schapiro, a journalist and pilot who told general aviation’s “colorful and exciting” story in a weekly column in a New Jersey newspaper for 38 years and was twice honored by AOPA for his lifetime of service to GA, died Nov. 20. He was 94.

Last year’s Toys for Tots toy drive was so successful that this year we’re expanding our drop off locations. We’re trying to collect more toys than ever, which in turn will help more kids than ever.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association expressed optimism about the industry’s prospects for 2019 as it announced increased third-quarter 2018 aircraft delivery figures across all aircraft segments. Estimated billings registered a modest decline.

Dimor Group Inc. located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has acquired WACO Aircraft Corporation, established in 1983 and located Battle Creek, MI, on November 9, 2018. The acquisition includes Centennial Aircraft Services, Inc., an FBO and FAA Part 145 maintenance facility also located in Battle Creek, MI.

General aviation, including business aviation, is a vital contributor to the economy in every state, and in November, the governor of Texas officially recognized the industry for the important role it plays.

FAA rebates are quickly being claimed by general aviation owners equipping their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast avionics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Researchers describe an autonomous system for a fleet of drones to collaboratively search under dense forest canopies. The drones use only onboard computation and wireless communication -- no GPS required.

On Sunday, November 11th, the Boca Raton Airport Authority (BRAA) and the City of Boca Raton Recreation Services department are hosting a number of Veterans Day events in honor of those who served.

Anyone who has ever traveled on a plane can tell you about that first time they looked out the window and back down onto the Earth. It is truly a sight to see.

Since the presidential election of 2016, much has happened in Washington, D.C., that affects general aviation. At the forefront was a nearly two-year battle against the airlines, which were seeking to control our nation’s air traffic system.

Have you ever sold an airplane? If so, you know it is a remarkably loose transaction. In the days before the internet, you got hold of the carbonless three-part form, wrote down a precious few details including the names of the buyer and seller, the buyer’s address, and the selling price (or $1.00 and OVC, which everyone knows means other valuable considerations). The seller signs it, and off it goes to the FAA via U.S. mail.

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