Massachusetts Aviators Form Advocacy Group

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Some Massachusetts businesses and aircraft owners are taking the business of restoring GA to health into their own hands. They've formed the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association. "The purpose of this non-profit association is to protect, promote and advocate the interests and needs of business and general aviation (in Massachusetts)," the group's announcement said. The MBAA plans to deal with issues like safety, security, operations and the environment and represent aviation interests in government and community relations. The MBAA is now actively recruiting members from corporate flight departments, air charter companies, businesses and their employees at 44 public-use airports and owners of the 2,700 private aircraft based in the state. The first president of the organization is John I. Williams, vice chairman of Sentient Jet, a private jet membership company based in Norwell. He said the MBAA will work closely with other advocacy groups, like AOPA and NBAA, on issues of common concern.