CABAA was officially formed in 1998 to provide a grassroots organization for business aircraft operators and their vendors to freely exchange information and expertise pertaining to all aspects of business aviation. We realize that business aircraft does not leave the ground without the help and support of a great many talented and dedicated individuals. CABAA is a broad consortium of people that have anything to do with the safe and efficient operation of corporate aircraft.
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CABAA is a very active association. Meetings provide educational and professional development as wells a unsurpassed networking opportunities for CABAA members, Visitors and Speakers.
We schedule approximately one major membership event per month. In addition we host an Annual CABAA Golf Outing each summer that benefits deserving Aviation students with the money raised. In 2011, we raised net proceeds well in excess of $45,000, which was used for scholarships for eight deserving local Aviation Students a Type Rating partnered with Flight Safety International and a Maintenance Scholarship award.
Monthly meetings generally consist of General Meetings and Educational Forums and are typically held at the Drury Lane Banquet Hall in Oakbrook Terrace, which alternate with various Airport Open House events, sponsored by FBO's, Vendors, or visits to various CABAA Member's operations. In addition, the various Board, Committee and Sub-Committee meetings are held as required.
Becoming an active member and volunteering for these special Committees is a great way to "give back to the aviation community" and provides a unique networking opportunity with your peers.
Even if you are unable to regularly attend these informative events, your membership in CABAA is valuable as you would be actively supporting an organization dedicated to the interests of corporate aviation. We are always available to provide a forum to voice your concerns regarding both local and national issues pertaining to business aviation.
Additionally members are granted exclusive access to our Members Directory via this web site. Our Members' Only section has other exclusive features as well - all available with your membership. In fact, this web site is your primary vehicle for communication with the entire membership.
Those in CABAA realize that there is no such thing as a "typical member". Everyone contributes some special talent or interest to the mix. However, membership is made up from the broad category of Corporate / Business Aircraft Operators. These individuals would represent Directors of Operations, Chief Pilots, Line Pilots, Maintenance, Technician and Dispatcher. Additionally, we welcome any vendor or supplier of services to the Business Aircraft Operator.
CABAA is a labor of love. None of the CABAA Officers or Directors are paid a single penny for the fine work that they perform to further the success of this association. Everyone is 100% volunteer. Dues are kept to an absolute minimum. Proceeds are used to pay for member mailings, the web site maintenance and other communication vehicles. We run a very lean organization and intend to keep it prospering in that fashion.
Our relationship with NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) is synergistic - that is, we compliment each other. We are both passionately involved with similar issues. The primary difference however, is that while NBAA is structured to address business aviation issues on a national level CABAA is focused on Chicagoland issues at a grassroots level. We feel that both associations perform a vital service to the business aircraft community.
NBAA can be considered to be a "macro" version of CABAA. Because of its national scope, NBAA is able to hold only one national meeting a year. Consequently, local concerns and issues are not addressed. The national association recognized this aspect and subsequently has been a strong influence in organizing local associations.
We make a determined effort to maintain a direct line of communication with NBAA. In fact, we even have the Central Regional NBAA Representative on the CABAA Board as an Advisor. He is our primary liaison to the national organization. NBAA is a terrific association and we at CABAA recommend that you consider membership in both organizations concurrently.
If you prefer to not register online, please download
2016 Membership Application
Fill in in, print it and send it (along with a check, made payable to "CABAA") to:
Chicago Area Business Aviation Association
C/O Sandy Frentz
37176 N. Cremona Avenue, Lake Villa, IL 60046