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

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.

A group of new smart materials discovered by researchers at Texas A&M University and their colleagues has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of fuel burn in jet engines, cutting the cost of flying. The materials, which could also reduce airplane noise over residential areas, have additional applications in a variety of other industries.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and its Illegal Charter Task Force are continuing efforts to increase awareness of the dangers posed by illegal activity and educate aircraft owners, consumers and operators on the importance of compliance with safety regulations.

Engineers are developing a cooled, radial gas turbine for a small generator that provides thousands of hours of electricity to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a significant improvement to current UAV turbines that only operate a few hundred hours before wearing out.

From airplane wings to overhead power lines to the giant blades of wind turbines, a buildup of ice can cause problems ranging from impaired performance all the way to catastrophic failure.

AOPA has released the 2019 editions of its comprehensive AOPA Pilot Guides for the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The publications have been an indispensable trusted source of flight planning information for the islands for more than 35 years.

Researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University deployed DJI drone detection technology around Florida airports this year, gaining the first insight into the behavior of drone owners and some troubling data about potential risk to manned aircraft.

After more than 1,000 complaints from pilots, 10 named airport "watch list" locations, and three complaints to the FAA, AOPA’s initiative to expose egregious fixed-base operator pricing has caught the attention of the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Florida’s Page Field has completed a major nearly two-year-long runway and taxiway rehabilitation project. Work on Runway 5/23 and its associated taxiways began in January 2017, milling the runway down and overlaying new pavement.

Today, a coalition of international aviation organizations announced an upcoming event to reaffirm the general aviation industry’s commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF).

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

Although winglets have been around since the mid-1970s, there is still a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and angles. New research analyzes winglets to find the optimal characteristics to result in the lowest net drag for an aircraft.

The Florida Aviation Business Association will be publishing our very first Annual Report 2019 which will feature industry updates, interesting articles, and serve as FABA's only image piece for the year.

The implementation of FAR Part 107 opened the door to a variety of mainstream commercial unmanned aircraft systems operations. As flight departments seek authorization for increasingly complex missions, questions on the regulatory endgame for this paradigm-shifting technology arise.

On the runway to more fuel-efficient aircraft, one alternative propulsion scheme being explored is an array of electrically powered ducted fans.

 The business jet industry is expected to experience strong growth in the short to medium term, supported by several new airplane models coming to market and an improved used aircraft environment.

Drone Users: The FAA warns drone operators that flying an unauthorized drone could interfere with local, state and federal rescue and recovery missions. You could be subject to significant fines if you interfere with emergency response operations.

This short documentary profiles the human side of Aerobatic pilots and the never ending chase to be the best pilot you can and the friends you make in the process.

Electric power restoration was underway and urgent searches for people still missing in devastated Mexico Beach, Florida, continued in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael storming ashore in the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, and trailing destruction into the mid-Atlantic states.

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