Feb. 15, 2023
When the Houston Regional Aviation Professionals group dissolved during the pandemic, Austin resident Jill Case thought South and Central Texas still needed a networking platform for the business aviation industry.
So Case, vice president of managed aircraft sales at Executive Jet Management, and a few of her business aviation contacts, with help from NBAA Southwest Central Regional Director Steve Hadley, created the South Texas Business Aviation Association (STXBAA).
Case and her nine-person board based the group at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), but said the new organization would also cover San Antonio and Austin. Organizers of the STXBAA used the North Texas Business Aviation Association as a model for their setup, she added.
“We want to share best practices and do some good for the community as we raise awareness for our industry,” said Case. “We also want to get youth involved because we know a big issue right now is the pilot shortage and the maintenance tech shortage. Creating a shared experience for all of us – it’s really important to me.”
Case said she and the board knew the new group would only work with support from other business aviation professionals.
“I just went through my contact list in the South Texas region and found a couple of other people that I knew in positions that sell to people or come to these airports or have some sort of interaction in the South Texas region,” she said.
STXBAA’s official launch event is scheduled for March 23 at Hobby’s Million Air facility, with a meet-and-greet event scheduled for June 8 in San Antonio.