First, I would like to start by giving a big shout out to your FABA board! We have all rolled up our sleeves since Paula Raeburn delivered the news that she had decided to retire and move north to better take care of her aged father.
• Since coming aboard as your interim director last August, we have completed a change in the dues structure which allows us to reach out to smaller aviation businesses to help them with their needs and to become a more important force in Tallahassee.
• The board and others showed up in early January in Tallahassee to have a very successful day meeting with some of our most important legislators in state government.
• We have tightened up the program for our forthcoming Annual Meeting to be held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando this June 9th and 10th.
Second, we are hard at work as this is written to get our members to call their representatives and support HB 821 and SB 1296 which call for the abolition of sales tax on the sale of aircraft! This bill was introduced for the first time this year. By the time you have read this, we will learn if we were able to get it through in its original form, whether changes were made to it or whether we need to modify the bill for introduction next year and try again.
This vigilance in Tallahassee is the primary function of FABA, to strive to improve our industry’s work and business climate in Florida. As you read this, I’m sure you can think of a business associate who has benefitted from our efforts on the industries’ behalf. Give them a call and make sure that they are members of FABA. If you find they are not members, ask them to consider going to www. faba.aero/ join/membership-application and becoming a member of FABA. Suggest they join you at our Annual Meeting and experience the great programs and forums that we have for our members.
Lastly, I hope that we all continue to enjoy the slow improvement we are seeing in our businesses as we emerge from what many will be calling “The Great Recession” for years to come!
FABA Executive Director