The Minnesota Business Aviation Association

Exists to Foster and Promote

Business Aviation Throughout the State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) has been an advocate for business aviation since 1955 when it was organized by a group of 25 members representing business aircraft.  As defined by Jim Magnus, the first President, the MBAA is:

"An independent, non-profit organization to represent and protect the aviation interests of its members, to present a united front in all matters where organized action is necessary to improve business aircraft, and to further the cause of safety and economy of business aircraft operations."

Today, the MBAA has grown to over 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.  Our member flight departments represent Fortune 500 companies, as well as many smaller Minnesota based companies.  Aircraft our members operate, serve hundreds of Minnesota residents and bring thousands of customers to our state each year. 

In Minnesota, general and business aviation directly contribute over $3 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.

Historical News Article

Jim Magnus Biography

"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, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) 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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