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Minnesota Business Aviation Association, Inc. (MBAA) has been an advocate for business aviation since 1955 when it was organized by a group of 25 members representing business aircraft.  Jim Magnus was the first President of the association.  He guided the association over the course of the first five years to ensure it remained an independent not for profits organization that represented the interests of its business aviation members.

Today, the MBAA has grown to nearly 600 current members including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, avionic technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, aircraft sales representatives, aircraft manufacturers, fixed based operators, aviation law firms, insurance companies, catering companies, local/state/federal government officials, and other organizations involved in Minnesota's aviation industry. 

MBAA members operate aircraft based at numerous airports throughout the state of Minnesota.  MBAA member flight departments represent Fortune 500 companies, as well as many smaller Minnesota based companies.  Business aviation serve hundreds of Minnesota residents and bring thousands of customers to our state each year. 

In Minnesota, general and business aviation directly contribute more than $18 billion annually to the Minnesota economy.  Well maintained Minnesota airports and facilities ensure Minnesota based companies are strategically positioned to participate in the global economy well into the future.

"Business aviation is the use of any "general aviation" aircraft for a business purpose."

The Federal Aviation Administration defines general aviation as all flights not conducted by the military or scheduled airlines.  Therefore, Business Aviation is the part of general aviation that focuses on the use of airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones), and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) for business purposes.

The business aviation community consists of companies of all sizes that rely on many different types of aircraft - single-pilot airplanes, jet/turbine aircraft, helicopters, drones used commercially, as well as fixed-base operators and other service providers that support flight operations at the nation's more than 5,100 public airports. This is in contrast to commercial airlines that are limited to approximately 500 airports.

As a consequence, a business that utilizes business aircraft can directly reach many more destinations and is well suited to serve a companies scheduled arrival and departure times.  Business aircraft enable a business to reach commercial markets within hours with business aircraft, saving time and resources.   

Business Aviation is Vital to Minnesota's Economy

      • Business aircraft enable Minnesota companies to efficiently operate their business.
      • Minnesota based companies routinely use business aircraft to conduct business throughout the United States and in more than 60 countries.

Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA)

MBAA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

3800 East 70th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55450

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