There’s an iconic image from the 1950’s of an automobile gas station attendant busily and happily scurrying around a customer’s car, pumping fuel, washing the windshield, checking the oil. The attendant is sharply dressed in uniform, jaunty cap upon his head and a big smile on his face.
In the United States, general aviation (GA) employs over 1.1 million people and generates over two-hundred billion dollars in economic activity. Florida is a GA powerhouse, with the industry supporting nearly eight-thousand jobs with a total economic output of $12.3 billion dollars.
As 28-year-old pilot Shaesta Waiz sets off on an ambitious solo flight around the world to raise awareness for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for youth, several individuals and organizations have come together to make Dreams Soar a reality.
When brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the first successful flight of a self-propelled aircraft near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, they made aviation history. On the same day, just twenty-three years later, barnstormer John Paul Riddle and businessman T. Higbee Embry ensured aviation’s future...
We often hear the following statement from business owners who use their aircraft to travel for business purposes, “my accountant said not to deduct the costs of the airplane.” Why wouldn’t you deduct the associated costs if you used your aircraft for business?
Senator Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, and Representative Charles Van Zant, R–Keystone Heights, the co-chairs of the Legislature’s General Aviation Caucus, again filed legislation to repeal the tax on aircraft sales and leases.
As aviation attorneys, we oftentimes have clients who deal with unique issues where the truth is stranger than fiction. A few years ago, a client approached our law firm complaining about a Boeing 727-22 aircraft that appeared on their leasehold at Opa Locka Airport in Miami, Florida.
The year was 1946. Just one year after the largest war in human history, the fighting men of America were all coming home, ready to learn, work, and launch new enterprises. It is no surprise then, that the combined efforts of this generation began many great efforts, one of them the Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA) which has become today the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA).
These generous members have given at least double their annual dues amount to support FABA and our efforts in Florida. Above and Beyond Members receive special recognition throughout the year in Florida Aviation Business, the Newswire weekly e-newsletter and at the annual conference.
A friend of mine and I have a habit of swapping daily quotes with one another. You know, the kind of quotes you see on Facebook with fancy print, pretty pictures and inspirational prose. This quote-swapping habit has a way of brightening spirits, showing support, and providing levity when needed.
It is hard to believe that it is 2016 already and here we are celebrating FABA’s seventieth year of service to the aviation businesses of Florida. I am honored and humbled to be a part of this great organization that has meant so much to so many of us over the last seven decades.