The German Business Aviation Association emerged from the working group on business aviation at the Federation of German Industries (BDI). It is a registered association and has its headquarters at the BDI.
The GBAA sees itself as an association representing the interests of corporate aviation and of non-scheduled commercial aviation within the framework of general aviation, as defined by the international civil aviation organisation. It is an independent organisation with individual assignments, demands and requirements.
The GBAA is a member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) with its headquarters in Brussels and also of the world-wide umbrella organisation International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) which has its headquarters in Montreal at the ICAO. This underlines the international importance of the GBAA.