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

The videos of the devastation wrought by the March 2019 flooding in Nebraska and Iowa are stunning. The images of selfless general aviation pilots flying supplies into the stranded and evacuating the newly homeless are heartening—and reflect two secrets of GA that deserve massive publicity: Pilots are always among the first to volunteer to help in the aftermath of a disaster, and a community’s airport is often its only lifeline to the outside world following a cataclysmic event.

The FAA recently issued its first-ever air carrier authorization to an operator utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for package delivery, marking a significant step not only toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System (NAS) but also for establishing a foundation supporting future aircraft operations that hold promise in business aviation applications.

As an update, we are pleased to report that the aircraft lien law revision bill has passed the Florida Senate Rules Committee and has now completely passed the Florida House of Representatives. The next step is for the bill to hopefully pass the Senate and make its way to the Governor.

New method could lead to advances in fighting fires, creating cleaner engines and even space travel.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a pilot program to help prepare people with disabilities for careers in air traffic operations.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce Don Campion, President of Banyan Air Service, as this year’s NATA Distinguished Service Award honoree. Campion will be recognized during the June 18th Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the NATA 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference.        

A computer-vision collision avoidance solution developed for drones may one day make every aircraft a little safer.

NBAA joined with six other aviation associations this month in encouraging congressional leaders to support extension of the biodiesel tax incentive that also promotes increased production of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

At the Boca Raton Airport, environmental protection and sustainability have long been among our top priorities. From our LEED Silver Certified Airport Authority Administration Building to our noise abatement and wildlife management initiatives, we’ve worked consistently to decrease our impact on the planet as much as possible. As we approach Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, we are embarking on a multi-part series that will explore some of the ways that we can lessen our environmental impact as pilots and travelers.

Italian manufacturer Tecnam displayed its new P2002JF MkII IFR, a Rotax 912S2-powered, 100-horsepower two-seater. Its sleek looks and sliding canopy make it a standout on the ramp, and Tecnam says it will be capable of 129 knots while burning 4 gph of avgas or mogas.

Up in arms: Insect-inspired arm technology aims to improve drones. A Purdue University researcher has come up with a patented design for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, that works in windy conditions, is more energy efficient and can handle a larger payload.

A recent FAA Fact Sheet – Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Program – highlights agency and industry efforts over the past 11 years to continuously improve safety through the open exchange of safety data.

The National Aeronautic Association will award the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Team, praising the lifesaving technology as “a sterling example of a project that brought together the best minds from many disciplines.”

Part 91 and 135 operators, along with representatives from FAA’s Flight Standards Office and front line inspectors, recently met at the Nashville, TN Flight Standards District Office to discuss concerns with illegal charter operations.

Florida is dubbed the Sunshine State, and for the better part of the year, it’s also a pilot’s dream. Most days are perfect for a quick hop to get a bite at an airport near you.

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