Nov. 7, 2019
Florida has long been a hotbed for aviation activity, as the Sunshine State is home to many business aircraft operators, flight schools, aviation universities, manufacturers, MROs and more. No wonder, then, that a new regional business aviation group – the Central Florida Business Aviation Association (CFBAA) – has launched in the Orlando area, seeking to promote and support the growth of business aviation in central and north Florida.
“We are looking forward to focusing on the issues and challenges in central Florida, while still collaborating with the other regional aviation groups in the state on legislative issues and other statewide concerns,” said CFBAA board member Jenny Showalter. “We are excited about providing great networking opportunities for our members and offering resources for business aviation in this region.”
Matthew Olafsen, CFBAA vice president, said that the group is already planning for events to be held next year, including a Safety Day in late spring and a collaborative event with Women in Aviation, Inc.
CFBAA also is looking forward to working with NBAA in reaching out to area schools and students to get them involved in the 2020 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, set for Oct. 6-8 in Orlando.
“Workforce development will be one of our primary areas of focus, and we hope to get our members involved in mentoring and other workforce programs,” said Olafsen.
NBAA’s Southeast regional representative, Greg Voos, provided support for the formation of the new group.
“CFBAA helps to fill a void in Florida regional group coverage in this key aviation state,” said Voos. “Central Florida has many business aviation operators who will now have a greater voice at both the local and state level.”