2015 Day at the Capitol!

  • John Hatfield, MBAA Chair John Hatfield, MBAA Chair John Hatfield, MBAA Chair
  • L-R, Clint Fereday, Bissell, Inc., and Senator Peter MacGregor L-R, Clint Fereday, Bissell, Inc., and Senator Peter MacGregor L-R, Clint Fereday, Bissell, Inc., and Senator Peter MacGregor
  • L-R, Ron Engel, Mead & Hunt, Senator Rick Jones L-R, Ron Engel, Mead & Hunt, Senator Rick Jones L-R, Ron Engel, Mead & Hunt, Senator Rick Jones
  • Center, Senator Steve Bieda Center, Senator Steve Bieda Center, Senator Steve Bieda
  • Representative Vanessa Guerra Representative Vanessa Guerra Representative Vanessa Guerra
  • Center, Senator Mike Nofs Center, Senator Mike Nofs Center, Senator Mike Nofs
  • Laura Mester, MDOT Chief Administrative Officer Laura Mester, MDOT Chief Administrative Officer Laura Mester, MDOT Chief Administrative Officer
  • Mike Trout, Executive Administrator, MDOT Office of Aeronautics Mike Trout, Executive Administrator, MDOT Office of Aeronautics Mike Trout, Executive Administrator, MDOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Christa Fornarotto, NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Fornarotto, NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Fornarotto, NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs
  • L-R, J. David VanderVeen, Representative Martin Howrylak L-R, J. David VanderVeen, Representative Martin Howrylak L-R, J. David VanderVeen, Representative Martin Howrylak
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Thank you to Avfuel, our 2015 Day at the Capitol Lunch Sponsor!

Thank you to the MBAA Members and MAAE Members for your attendance at our annual meeting and legislative luncheon.  This event was one of the most successful legislative days to date, with over 100 attendees:  45 legislators, several key legislative staff, 42 MBAA & MAAE Members, MDOT, NBAA, several GCSI Lobbyists, Matt Solak and Tara Paksi.

Legislators support this event and appreciate meeting our membership and their constituents in a relaxed setting in Lansing.

We can’t express enough the importance of your involvement and want to thank those of you who cleared your schedule and took the time to join us!

 

NBAA Joins with Local Groups to Promote Aviation in Michigan

March 5, 2015 - The Michigan aviation community will converge on the state capitol building in Lansing on March 17, when the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) and the Michigan Association of Airport Executives hold their annual Legislative Day. Christa Fornarotto, NBAA's vice president of government affairs, will be the featured speaker at this year’s event, which draws aviation stakeholders from around the state, and also serves as the annual meeting for MBAA.

Tara Paksi, administrative director of MBAA, said that Legislative Day has been held annually since 1999 and is an opportunity for aviation advocates to meet with Michigan legislators and educate them about the importance of aviation in the state. “The critical need for funding for the aviation infrastructure in our state is always on the agenda,” said Paksi, noting that educational materials about aviation in Michigan are also distributed to state lawmakers during the event.

Fornarotto said she plans on presenting the latest information on national aviation issues, such as the upcoming FAA reauthorization process, preserving airport and airspace access, privacy issues relating to the implementation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and updates on the regulation of unmanned aircraft systems. “I also look forward to meeting with individual members of the Michigan state legislature,” she said.

Bob Quinn, NBAA's Midwest regional representative, said that Legislative Day has long been an effective and well-organized way for the Michigan aviation community to reach out to elected officials.

“Protection of funding for general aviation in the state of Michigan is always an important issue, and Legislative Day provides a wonderful opportunity to educate the legislators and continue that dialogue,” said Quinn. “MBAA is to be commended for its dedication and hard work in holding this important annual event.”

Last month, NBAA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava, also visited Michigan, participating on a panel about FAA reauthorization at the annual Michigan Airport Conference in East Lansing. The Feb. 19 conference was co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives and the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.

 

MBAA & WMBAA Education Initiative

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Thank you to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, WMU College of Aviation, and West Michigan Business Aviation Association for a fantastic evening of networking and professional development. In addition, we wish to thank Gulfstream for a breathtaking display of the new ‪G650‬.

 

Roger Salo Awarded MAAE's President's Award

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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 
 frezellm@michigan.gov
517-335-7176
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

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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

 

Welcome!

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.

 

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