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

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.

Airplane toilets are loud. For some, they are downright terrifying. But chin up, frequent flyers, because a group of Brigham Young University physicists have figured out how to make them quieter. After two years of trial and error, three academic publications and thousands of flushes, the BYU researchers have invented a vacuum-assisted toilet that is about half as loud as the regular airplane commode.

For pilots who started flying under BasicMed when it launched in the spring of 2017, it's almost time to complete the 24-calendar-month renewal of your medical education course. Here are answers to the top questions AOPA is receiving about the renewal process.

Building a team of highly engaged, motivated professionals is a critical part of any company’s success. Employees are the very foundation of any organization and, regardless of industry, lack of engagement contributes to high turnover, which is costly and can negatively affect a company’s culture.

As an update, we are pleased to report that the aircraft lien law revision bill has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Our aircraft lien law revision bill has now made it through the House and two out of three committees in the Senate. 

To prevent ice formation on aircraft during flight, current systems utilize the heat generated by burning fuel, but these high-temperature, fuel-dependent systems cannot be used on the proposed all-electric, temperature-sensitive materials of next-generation aircraft. As some scientists search for new anti-icing methods, some have taken a different approach. They've published evidence showing that equipment important in controlling landing and takeoff can double-up as icing control. It depends on plasma actuators.

The FAA published a “Statement of Policy for Authorizations to Operators of Aircraft that are Not Equipped With Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Equipment” April 1 in the Federal Register.

Although we're still a long way from commercial airplanes powered by a combination of fossil fuel and batteries, a recent feasibility study explored fuel/battery configurations and the energy lifecycle to learn the trade-offs needed to yield the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

The Eagles sing an awesome tune called “Lyin’ Eyes” with lyrics that say, “I thought by now you’d realize, there ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes.” There is a natural tendency of the human brain to believe our “lyin’ eyes,” to believe what we want to be real and what we think is there, not what is truly there.

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen joined today with Dan Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to issue a reminder to the business aviation community to install Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B) equipment on their aircraft before the FAA’s Jan. 1, 2020, deadline.

Angel Flight Southeast is a volunteer pilot organization of more than 700 volunteer pilots who utilize their own aircraft, fuel and time to provide free air transportation to medical facilities for citizens who are financially distressed or otherwise unable to travel on public transportation.

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.

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