The Florida Aviation Business Association recently inducted Boca Raton Airport Executive Director Clara Bennett into the FABA Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame.
Throughout Bennett’s 25 years in the aviation industry, she has lead projects that forever changed the landscape of flight in South Florida, though she feels she still has more to accomplish.
In the short term, she hopes to oversee the completion of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility. With the contract to construct the facility recently awarded, Bennett says she’s excited to see construction begin.
Since joining the Boca Raton Airport in February of 2014, Bennett has overseen the completion of a number of well-received projects. The noise wall near Boomers was completed during her first year, which greatly reduced noise complaints when combined with refined implementation of the Airport’s other noise abatement efforts.
Noise abatement has been an important issue for Bennett throughout her career, stating, “It’s important for the Airport to do what it can to be a good neighbor.”
“The Airport doesn’t set flight patterns or noise standards — that’s the FAA,” Bennett said. “What the Airport does is act like an advocate for the community between the FAA and the pilots.”
Continuing to improve noise abatement efforts, Bennett is working with the FAA to establish standard instrument procedures for pilots, creating an exact path along Interstate 95.
In addition to noise abatement, Bennett has directed the implementation of many safety and security enhancements along the taxiway. Currently, she is leading the Airport’s largest safety project to date — the construction of an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS).
When asked about being inducted into the hall of fame, Bennett said, “I credit what I’ve been able to do, to the people I’ve worked for and worked with. Thank you to the supportive board and tenant community at the Boca Raton Airport.”