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 scholarshipsThank you Dassault Falcon for Sponsoring MBAA's Event at WMU's College of Aviation
Board of Directors Award presented
to Bill Gehman
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.
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!
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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.