MBAA to host Emergency Response Training Guidelines workshop on Tuesday, December 9th at the Amway Hangar in Grand Rapids

Donald J. Chupp, President of Fireside Partners, LLC, is the presenter.  Fireside Partners provides 24/7 emergency response services to businesses and private aviation operators, develops emergency plans and conducts specialized training and exercises. 

Registration and Coffee
9:00am - 11:30am (approximately)

The cost is $39 pp.

To register, please contact Tara Paksi, MBAA, at 517.371.2223 or


Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor Recognizes William E. Gehman as as 2014 Inductee

The Hall of Honor was established in 1971 to publicly recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of Michigan's highways, roads and public transportation systems. The Hall of Honor is a permanent display in the Van Wagoner Transportation Building in Lansing.

William E. Gehman is a charter board member of the Michigan Business Aviation Association. With a love of aviation passed on from his father, Bill Gehman received his solo license on his 16th birthday, followed by his private pilot's license on his 17th birthday, and has been flying ever since. Gehman joined the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1974 as assistant chief of airport project programming. During his career, he was director of the Bureau of Aeronautics, director of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, and chairman of the board of the National Association of State Aviation Officials, He developed a nationally recognized Air Service program and implemented one of the most aggressive general airport preservation programs in the country. He also established an All-Weather Access program for general aviation airports and created a mobile aircraft firefighter training unit. Receiving numerous awards at the state and federal levels, he was appointed by three Michigan governors to statewide aviation task forces. Retired from state service in 2002, Gehman was enshrined in the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.

Roger Salo Awarded MAAE's President's Award


September 10, 2014 - Kevin Klein, President of MAAE, presented the MAAE President's Award to Roger Salo for his work on behalf of aviation. Each year the President selects an individual they feel stands out as a supporter of MAAE.


Aeronautics Commission honors northern Michigan aviator, Michigan Business Aviation Association

  • L-R, Chad Piper, Roger Salo, Cliff Maine, Rick Fiddler, John Hatfield, J. David VanderVeen, Cheryl Bush, Jay Orwin and Tara Paksi - photo credit: MDOT Photo Unit
  • Pete Kamarainen, Chair of the Michigan Office of Aeronautics, presenting John Hatfield of Dow Corning with the Michigan Aeronautics Commission's Award of Excellence - photo credit: MDOT Photo Unit
  • Pete Kamarainen, Chair of the Michigan Office of Aeronautics, presenting John Hatfield of Dow Corning with the Michigan Aeronautics Commission's Award of Excellence - photo credit: MDOT Photo Unit
  • John Hatfield of Dow Corning - photo credit: MDOT Photo Unit
  • John Hatfield of Dow Corning - photo credit: MDOT Photo Unit

Contact: Michael Frezell, MDOT Office of Communications
Agency: Transportation

September 10, 2014 -- At its meeting today on Mackinac Island, the Michigan Aeronautics Commission (MAC) presented its Award of Excellence to a longtime northern Michigan aviator and to the Michigan Business Aviation Association.

Paul Fullerton is currently the manager of the Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace. Fullerton has worked in aviation for more than 35 years serving the citizens of Mackinac County, Mackinac Island, and Bois Blanc Island. The MAC salutes Fullerton for "providing safe, efficient and valued air service" and demonstrating how "aviation provides essential services to communities across the state." 

The Michigan Business Aviation Association is being recognized for advocating for better airport infrastructure, air transport system capacity, security, and other issues affecting aviation. The association also sponsors a variety of aviation scholarships for aspiring pilots, aviation managers, and maintenance technicians enrolled in aviation-related college and technical school programs. The MAC recognizes the association for "working collaboratively to ensure the development and training of future aviation professionals," along with its continued engagement and advocacy to ensure the health of business aviation in the state. 

Every year since 1990, the MAC has recognized individuals and organizations whose innovative contributions have significantly improved facilities, operations or public relations for aviation in Michigan. The MAC provides general supervision of all aeronautics within Michigan. 

MDOT: Working with our partners at airports, bus systems, marine and rail to find innovative solutions for Michigan's transportation systems.


Congratulations 2014 MBAA Scholarship Recipients!

  • L-R, Tim Tomei (NMC), Shane Fisher (EMU), Kimberly Clark (MIAT), Thomas VanHowe (WMU), David Byler (WMU), David Kemp (WMU), and Craig Scalpone (NMC) L-R, Tim Tomei (NMC), Shane Fisher (EMU), Kimberly Clark (MIAT), Thomas VanHowe (WMU), David Byler (WMU), David Kemp (WMU), and Craig Scalpone (NMC)
  • L-R, Aaron Cook (NMC Director of Aviation), and Tim Tomei (NMC) L-R, Aaron Cook (NMC Director of Aviation), and Tim Tomei (NMC)
  • Mike Gortowski (WMU) Mike Gortowski (WMU)
  • L-R, Kimberly Clark (MIAT), and Tim Kissel (VP of Education, MIAT College of Technology) L-R, Kimberly Clark (MIAT), and Tim Kissel (VP of Education, MIAT College of Technology)
  • Josh Galdes (NMC) Josh Galdes (NMC)
  • L-R, Shane Fisher (EMU), and Craig Scalpone (NMU) L-R, Shane Fisher (EMU), and Craig Scalpone (NMU)

FACTS Training Course Awards

Shane Fisher, Eastern Michigan University
Craig Scalpone, Northern Michigan College

MBAA Cash Awards

Tim Tomei, Northern Michigan College
Thomas VanHowe, Western Michigan University
David Byler, Western Michigan University

FlightSafety Co-Pilot International Training Award

Joshua Galdes, Northern Michigan College

CAE SimuFlite King Air BE-200 Initial Maintenance Training Award

David Kemp, Western Michigan University

Rockwell Collins Avionics Training Award

Michael Gortowski, Western Michigan University

Williams International Engine Course Award

Kimberly Clark, Michigan Institute of Aviation & Technology


MBAA 2014 Legislative Day at the Capitol


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We want to thank members of the Michigan Business Aviation Association, the Michigan Association of Airport Executives, Michigan Aeronautics Commission and legislators from around the state for attending this year's annual legislative day at the Capitol. Over 60 legislators and key staff attended our legislative luncheon. Your continued engagement and advocacy ensures the health of business aviation in our state.

This year, we were pleased to present State Representative Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) with our Aviation Achievement Award. He is a friend to aviation and has been a strong advocate in trying to help us secure permanent funding for airports. We were also fortunate to have Christa Fornarotto, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Business Aviation Association and Laura Mester, Chief Administrative Officer of the Michigan Department of Transportation as our guest speakers.

Aviation is vital to Michigan's economy, and MBAA's goal of advancing funding for our state's airport infrastructure is key in strengthening our shared future. We look forward to a promising and prosperous 2014, and remain committed to securing sustainable airport funding in Michigan.


MBAA Announces Expanded Education Initiative

January 2014 - The Frank P. Macartney Foundation (FPMF) and the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) have combined efforts to ensure the aviation foundation remains solid throughout Michigan long into the future.  Both entities have long track records promoting the development and training of future aviation professionals through sponsorship of a variety of aviation scholarships.  Since the FPMF’s inception in 1996, and MBAA’s start in 1998, the scholarship programs have awarded a long list of aviation training and cash awards, with a combined value nearing $1 million.   Benefactors include aspiring pilots, aviation managers and maintenance technicians enrolled in aviation related college & technical school programs throughout Michigan. Read more about the scholarships

Thank you Dassault Falcon for Sponsoring MBAA's Event at WMU's College of Aviation


Board of Directors Award presented
to Bill Gehman


July 23, 2013 - MBAA Presented their Board of Directors Awards to Bill Gehman, who retired earlier this year from Mead and Hunt and also resigned from the MBAA Board of Directors. Bill is one of MBAA’s original board members, along with J. David VanderVeen and Roger Salo. He originally served as technical advisor to the board and worked tirelessly to identify a permanent funding source for Michigan’s airports. With over thirty five years of experience in airports and aviation, Bill has a wealth of knowledge that only years of service and dedication to aviation can bring. Bill has been an outstanding advocate for aviation, and has been instrumental in our efforts at MBAA. His lifelong commitment to aviation has been felt across the state and he leaves a legacy of which he should be extremely proud. Thank you to Bill for your fifteen years of service to MBAA. We wish you the best and you will be missed!


MBAA supports House Bills 4571 (H-2) and 4572 (H-2)

MBAA commends Representative Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) for taking the lead on aviation funding.  MBAA supports House bills 4571 (H-2) and 4572 (H-2) which will, if enacted, provide a stable funding source for aviation infrastructure projects in Michigan.

HB 4571 (H-2) | HB 4572 (H-2)


New Senate Initiative on Contract Towers

Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – leaders in the recent bipartisan effort to keep contract towers open during debate on the continuing resolution – intend to introduce a free-standing bill early next week when Congress returns from its two week Easter recess to prohibit FAA from closing all 149 contract towers on FAA’s closure list.  AAAE, USCTA, and other groups that have been actively engaged in ongoing efforts to keep contract towers open are supportive of the Moran/Blumenthal bill.

As such, we urge EVERYONE (including the 102 airports whose contract towers were saved, at least for now) to contact the offices of your two U.S. Senators right away and urge them to cosponsor the Moran/Blumenthal legislation.  If your contacts in Senate offices indicate they would like to be a co-sponsor, or if they need additional background or information, please have them contact Tom Bush in Senator Moran’s office (202/224-6521).  If you need phone numbers for your Senators, please click on the web link below.  Please keep us posted on what you hear from your Senate offices.

We also expect that similar legislation will be introduced in the House of Representatives.  Stay tuned for additional details and “marching orders” aimed at building support for these important legislative initiatives.

Given continued opposition from the Administration, gaining enactment of legislation in the near-term to keep towers open will be extremely difficult.  It is critical, however, that we continue to build support behind these initiatives to highlight the importance of contract towers and to lay the groundwork necessary to gain funding for the contract tower program in fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

Keep ringing those phones on Capitol Hill!

Spencer Dickerson
President - Meetings and International
601 Madison St., 4th Floor
Alexandria, VA  22314
phone 703/824-0500, ext. 130


NBAA: Mobilize Online to Support Congressional ATC Tower-Protection Amendment

User-Friendly Online Resources Promote Proposal for Protecting 'Sequestered' Towers

Washington, DC, March 18, 2013 – As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers a plan for closing nearly 170 air traffic control towers, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is calling on the business aviation community to mobilize online in support for a congressional measure that seeks to keep those facilities open.

The FAA has announced its intent to close the towers in response to budget sequestration, which requires the agency to curtail its operational budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) recently offered an amendment that would offset the closures using savings from unobligated FAA research and capital funds provided in prior congressional appropriations bills, so that the facilities can remain open. Keep reading



The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) is committed to advocating for airport infrastructure, air transport system capacity, security and other issues affecting aviation in the State of Michigan.  MBAA is dedicated to general aviation issues at the local, regional and state level.

We provide Voice, Resources, and Networking opportunities for aviation professionals. MBAA was founded in 1998 to represent businesses and individuals with a common interest in preserving and developing air transportation systems. 

If business aviation is your passion, we invite you to experience membership in MBAA.  Our members include corporations, individuals or sole proprietors that own, lease and/or operate aircraft.  Vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, individuals, educators, students or anyone with an interest in the aviation industry are also invited to join MBAA.


Recent News and Events:

SAVE THE DATE: MBAA Annual Day at the Capitol - Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Michigan Airport Conference, February 18 & 19, 2015 - Click Here For Registration

Gov. Snyder Proclaims September 2014 to be Aviation Month in Michigan

Thank you to MBAA's 2014 Golf Sponsors!

Major Sponsors: Amway Aviation, Avflight Corporation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Dallas Airmotive, Dassault Falcon, Embraer Executive Jets, GCSI, Satcom Direct

Golf Outing Hole Sponsors: Aerospace Services & Products, Inc., AIRDOCS, Arrow Energy, Constant Aviation, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc., ISBAO Audits, Pentastar, Quality Resources, Rockwell Collins, Westfield Aviation, West Star Aviation, Winner Aviation

MBAA Chair's 2013 Letter to Colleagues

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Michigan Business Aviation Association
120 N. Washington Sq., Suite 110A
Lansing, MI 48933

Telephone 517.371.2223
Fax 517.484.0140

Tara Paksi