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  • 18 Dec 2023 11:01 | Mike Smith (Administrator)

    The board election process concluded last Friday, please welcome your 2024 board members:

    President

    Mike Smith Scope Aircraft Finance

    Vice President

    Mike Christie Global Jet Capital

    Dispatcher (FKA Secretary)

    Lauren Siplivy QS Partners

    Treasurer

    Kirkey & Company-  Contract Treasurer

    At-Large Board Members

    Ryan Avery Nationwide Insurance

    Marie Crow Cleveland Jet Center

    Deena Sullivan Corporate Wings

    Elliott Taub Cardinal Health

    George Whitehead Procter & Gamble

    A special thank you to our board members who are rolling off including Evelyn Merkle, Jerry Eichenberger, and Rick St. Onge. We would not have been able to do it without your service!

    We wish you a happy and enjoyable holiday season and look forward to continuing to help Business Aviation thrive and grow in the state of Ohio in 2024!


  • 21 Nov 2023 10:43 | Mike Smith (Administrator)

    ORBAA completed a successful Annual Conference at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center on November 16, 2023. Over 80 attendees from our industry received compensation & industry updates, learned more on sustainability, and what changes to expect with our Ohio airports and airspace in regards to funding and future air mobility, respectively.

    Additionally, ORBAA hosted our first Director/Chief Pilot roundtable this week. Flight department Leaders around the state were able to meet in person to discuss shared challenges and opportunities privately.

    ORBAA remains committed to finding unique ways that we can continue to connect, grow, and thrive in the business aviation industry in the state of Ohio, and we look forward to a successful 2024 as we continue to enhance our offerings. A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who help make such events possible.

    If you have any feedback or ideas on events and content, or would be interested in lending a hand in the new year, please reach out to info@orbaa.org.


  • 24 May 2023 14:38 | Evelyn Merkle (Administrator)

    ORBAA hosted another successful Regional Roundtable in Cleveland on May 18. Speaking to membership was Mike Emmerich and Arnie Wolfe from the FAASTeam Cleveland FSDO. Not only did we discuss general safety concepts but we also covered some of the fundamentals of a robust SMS program. Several members participated in the conversation where we covered several aspects of business and general aviation. Both the Roundtable and post-roundtable happy hour were graciously sponsored by The Cleveland Jet Center.

    We look forward to continuing the Roundtable series in the future. We hope you’re able to join us for our Columbus social event on June 30 at Edison Brewing: ORBAA - Events

    If you’re interested in helping us plan future Roundtable or other ORBAA events, please reach out to the Board at info@orbaa.org.


  • 08 May 2023 10:29 | Evelyn Merkle (Administrator)

    On June 16-18, the Columbus Air Show will occur at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus: Columbus Air Show . As part of the airshow, a Columbus non-profit, Home for Families (Home for Families), will be running the parking for the event and is looking for volunteers between June 14-18, including set up and traffic management related opportunities. The HFF group would appreciate any assistance ORBAA members are able to provide. If interested please reach out to Mike Smith at mjsmith@scopeair.com, and he will connect you with HFF to sign up for a time. We appreciate your support!


  • 27 Apr 2023 10:12 | Evelyn Merkle (Administrator)

    On April 26 ORBAA’s first Regional Roundtable of 2023 occurred in Cincinnati. Thanks to our gracious host, EJM, industry representatives from across the state and beyond were able to connect and discuss the pressing issues related to all things talent and human resources. Along with panelists Allison Moser from EJM, Amy Higgins from Park National Bank, and George Whitehead from P&G, the attendees shared in a true roundtable discussion of ideas, challenges, and opportunities with each other. Immediately following the roundtable, several ORBAA members joined together at Local Post to continue the conversation. 

    The Cincinnati Regional Roundtable is an example of ORBAA’s continued efforts to connect business aviation in Ohio, and create opportunities for members to learn from and help each other grow. The next Regional Roundtable will be on May 18 in Cleveland hosted by Cleveland Jet Center. We hope to see you there!


  • 11 Apr 2023 12:19 | Evelyn Merkle (Administrator)

    First, I would like to thank Christian Pancake, Jerry Eichenberger, and Alaina Joseph for volunteering to help as we try to build out our advocacy capability.  As a volunteer organization, it takes many hands to keep things moving forward. 

    Currently, we are focused on leveraging ties with like-minded organizations and starting to develop relationships with key people in state government.  We have started a joint monthly call with NBAA, Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).  These three partners have dedicated paid staff who track legislative issues at local, state and federal levels.  They keep us educated on current legislation and regulations.   Currently, OAA is working to increase funding for airports at the state level to $20 million annually up from $7.2 Million (read more here on details and how you can help). Later this year, OAA and AOPA will be working on protecting airport access from encroachment of local development. 

    We are working on setting up meetings with the Chair (Zanesville airport), Vice Chair (Springfield- Beckley airport) and Ranking member of the Ohio House Aviation Committee to develop a relationship with the state legislature.  The district for the Ranking Member is adjacent to Lunken Field.  If you have a passion for advocacy and are based at Lunken, Zanesville or Springfield-Beckley; please reach out to us and we will include you in any meeting we get set up.  After that we will be looking to map the districts of other committee members to airports where our members work and look for help for local point people interested in getting to know representatives with influence over state level aviation issues.   

    If you would like to help out, have questions or want us to consider working on a particular issue, please email us at advocacy@orbaa.org.


    Thank you,

    Mike Christie

    ORBAA Advocacy Chair


  • 24 Jan 2023 14:33 | Ryan Avery (Administrator)

    Hello fellow ORBAA members! On behalf of the entire ORBAA Board, I hope your 2023 is off to a great start and you’re successfully and safely completing “winter operations”.

    The ORBAA Board kicked off this year with a board meeting on January 19th, welcoming new board members Elliott Taub and Lauren Siplivy. After a successful 2022 we look to further expand the opportunities to connect and grow together all around the state of Ohio.

    We’ll soon be sending save the dates for spring and summer events near Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, as well as our annual golf outing and the return of ORBAA Annual in the fall.

    Our Scholarship efforts continue to grow and thrive, which was further supported by full board approval to double our individual scholarship award from $2,500 to $5,000. The scholarship application window will open this week.

    As the old adage goes, ‘many hands make light work’. ORBAA’s efforts are only fully realized when we have the hands and brains of folks from all across the state helping us move forward. If you have thoughts to share or interest in helping with any of our committee or event work this year, please let us know. From university outreach, developing our current workforce, sharing best practices and beyond, we want to hear what’s important to you!

    I wish you a safe and enjoyable winter, and look forward to seeing you in the spring!

    Mike Smith

    President, ORBAA

    mjsmith@scopeair.com


  • 18 Apr 2022 17:10 | Ryan Avery (Administrator)

    Hello Fellow ORBAA Members-

    As the signs of spring are emerging in Ohio I find it a great corollary to what we’re doing as an organization this spring. After two long years, we are excited to reconnect with everyone as we continue to support Business Aviation throughout the state. 

    In the next 5 weeks, we will all have an opportunity to connect with one another at two Happy Hours, one in Cincinnati next week, and the other in Columbus in late May. 

    Our first Happy Hour is next Thursday, April 28 in Cincinnati at Local Post, 3923 Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati. Sign up information is located here: ORBAA - April Happy Hour with Board Members in Cincinnati 

    The next will be in Columbus on Thursday, May 26, more details to come soon.

    The entire board looks forward to seeing you in April, May, or whenever we are able to meet at other events down the road this year.  Thanks again for your continued support of ORBAA!

    Mike Smith, President 

    Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association 


    PS: Has your membership lapsed? Consider renewing today: ORBAA - Home

  • 24 Jan 2020 11:22 | John Ginley

    ORBAA is proud to award two scholarships for $2,500 each to students working towards a career in Business Aviation! Our scholarship application window is now open until March 23, 2020. Please review the requirements at www.orbaa.org/scholarship and email scholarship@orbaa.org with any questions.


  • 26 Jul 2019 12:13 | John Ginley

    Ohio Advocacy Update (July 2019)

    During the recent budget approval process, the Ohio House of Representatives proposed removing all exemptions and caps currently contained in the Ohio Sales Tax law that benefited the aviation industry.  Many in the business aviation community, including ORBAA and many of its members, informed the Senate Finance Committee why the exemptions are in place and how they benefit the aviation industry in Ohio. Ultimately, the Senate was convinced and the their version of the budget reinstated all of the current exemptions. 

    Thanks to the efforts of many ORBAA members and the Ohio business aviation community, the current Ohio Sales Tax law that exempts maintenance and repair, the sale of flight simulators, and places a cap of $800 on the tax applicable to the sale of fractional ownership interests remains in place.


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