The Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor those who have made or continue to make significant contributions to the business aviation industry in Florida. These visionaries have acted not only on their dreams but also drawn on their professionalism and integrity to ensure our industry will flourish and inspire others to make aviation their career and commitment.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductee
Clara Bennett is the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Airport Authority, where she leads a team of dedicated aviation professionals in executing business, operations, marketing, and development programs at the Boca Raton Airport (BCT).
Clara has more than 22 years of experience as an airport executive. For over 20 years, prior to joining the Boca Raton Airport Authority, she served as Manager of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), directing the operation and administration of the Executive Airport, the 200-acre Airport Industrial Airpark, the John Fuhrer Downtown Helistop, and Foreign Trade-Zone #241.
Clara is a licensed pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. She also maintains several professional affiliations including serving as past President of the Florida Airports Council and a current Member of the Board of Directors of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
2011 Inductee the FATA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame
Harvey N. Hop - Hop-A-Jet
2009 Inductee to the FATA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame
Don Campion - Banyan Air Service
2008 Inductees to the FATA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame
J. Richard “Dick” Bennett - Pensacola Aviation Center
Jack R. Hunt - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2007 Inductee to the FATA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame
Gary W. Jones - Jones Aviation
2006 Inductees into the FATA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame
Bob Showalter - Showalter Flying Service
H.R. “Bump” Holman - Sun Aviation
W.R. “Bill” Sowell - Sowell Aviation