Two Local Pilots Receive Major Aviation Award
GMAA Newsletter Submission by Robert Christensen – Source Google Alert – Commercial Airlines and Aviation
On March 5th 2018, dozens of people filled the Florida Aviation Center to celebrate two local airmen, Andy Anderman and Terry Meek as they received the Federal Aviation Administration Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award. “These gentlemen are pillars in the aviation community,” said Federal Aviation Administration Safety Inspector Mark Keefer. “They’ve mentored people along the way for the last fifty plus years and we respect them deeply.” Andy Anderman and Terry Meek started their flying career together in the early 1960s at the Peter O. Knight Airport located in Tampa on Davis Islands. The airport’s operator offers a flight school and aerial tours of the Tampa Bay region. Both award recipients were honored to be recognized together as master pilots.
“It’s a real honor working with Terry, I’ve known him a long time he’s a good safe pilot. I enjoy his company and companionship,” said Anderman. “We went to different high schools but we both learned in high school,” said Meek. “It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, it is a rewarding experience, it really is.” Both the award recipients served in the U.S. Military, commercial airlines, and law enforcement. Anderman and Meek hope to inspire younger generations to become pilots.
Federal Aviation Administration Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola, CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, and CBP Miami Port Director Christopher Maston cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new Concourse E passport screening facility at MIA.
Renovated Concourse E passport hall provides expedited screening
Today, officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Miami International Airport’s newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international arrivals. The facility is the first in the country completely dedicated to providing expedited passport screening via facial recognition. The new technology verifies a travelers’ identity by matching a traveler to the document they are presenting.
“Miami International Airport, in partnership with CBP, has introduced yet another cutting-edge enhancement that improves the international arrival experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Congratulations to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and our federal partners for continuing to simplify passport screening at Florida’s busiest international gateway.”
Since launching the facial recognition pilot program in November, the Concourse E facility has been screening as many as 10 passengers per minute. In addition to providing the latest in expedited passport screening technology, the new facility reduces the walking distance for Concourse E and F passengers who previously only had access to the Concourse D passport hall – decongesting one of the country’s busiest arrivals facilities in the process as well.
A passenger is screened with new facial recognition passport screening technology.
“Aside from welcoming 96 percent of all visitors to Miami, our airport also welcomes 70 percent of international passengers to Florida,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairperson of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “With improvements like the new Concourse E passport clearance facility, MIA continues to deliver on its commitment to providing a world-class experience for travelers.”
The Concourse E facility follows another industry-leading innovation launched by MIA in 2017. Last August, MIA launched an update to the MIA Airport Official app that allows users to seamlessly access Mobile Passport Control and CBP Forms without ever leaving the app, the first airport in the world authorized by CBP to do so.
“Improving customer service through technology and innovation is our highest priority at MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “We are proud to partner with CBP on this new technology, which has significantly reduced wait times for our international passengers.”
The re-designed, all-technology driven facility also offers passport clearance via Global Entry kiosks and the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app for select flights arriving at concourses E and F.
“CBP’s core mission is to safeguard America’s borders,” said CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen. “We must balance our need to increase security while still expediting travel. Passenger volumes are on the rise here at the Miami International Airport. In order to meet the growing challenge of balancing traveler volumes and security, CBP has partnered with industry stakeholders to leverage biometric technology and systems.”
The Greater Miami Aviation Association, the longest serving industry association in Florida (since 1927), has announced today the launching of its newest effort in promoting Aerospace studies in South Florida.
The Dedicated Scholarship Program will allow Corporations, Organizations, Foundations and private individuals, to award scholarships to young aviators from our area, who are seeking careers as pilots, aircraft engineers, mechanics & technicians, control tower operators, administrators and managers. All such students will have to adhere to the current scholarship criteria set by the
GMAA- Batchelor Foundation and these are:
- Active enrollment in one of the 8 accredited schools
- Completion of at least 30 credits
- Maintaining a suitable GPA (3.0 or higher)
- US citizen or Resident Alien
- Must demonstrate financial need
To become a dedicated Scholarship Sponsor, the corporation or individual must pledge to the GMAA foundation, which is a 501c3 organization, a minimum of $100,000 over 10 years. In return, two (2) scholarships per year will be named after the Sponsor, and they themselves will award the scholarships to the recipients, and be recognized at our annual gala.
Should you be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Aviv Tzur, President of the GMAA.
W : 305-884-4300
U.S. Department of Commerce approves FTZ operations on MIA property
MIA’s west cargo area – part of the new FTZ magnet site.
Last week, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) gained final approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce to designate Miami International Airport’s entire 3,230-acre land parcel as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) magnet site. The magnet site designation allows existing or prospective airport tenants to operate manufacturing, warehousing and/or distribution centers on airport property, and have their federal tariffs deferred, reduced or eliminated – providing time and cost savings for approved importers and exporters.
“The MIA FTZ creates an attractive business opportunity for companies to begin or expand their operations directly on-site at the passenger and cargo gateway of the Americas,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Congratulations to the MIA team for achieving this significant milestone, which has strong potential for new business revenue and job creation in our community.”
The new magnet site – an expansion of Miami-Dade County’s existing FTZ 281 – will allow companies to receive and process materials and merchandise with reduced or eliminated Customs duties upon entry into the country at MIA.
“I commend the Aviation Department and PortMiami, for bringing this important designation to MIA and to Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairperson of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “Because of their efforts with our federal partners, MIA can be an even larger economic engine for our community.”
Companies handling high-traffic commodities at MIA – pharmaceuticals, electronics, textiles, footwear, auto parts, aircraft parts, avionics, machinery equipment, consumer goods and perishables – are expected to be FTZ applicants. To be an FTZ operator, companies must first complete an application with PortMiami – the grantee of FTZ 281 – and then receive approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The expedited application process takes approximately 30 days.
“Our FTZ magnet site approval dovetails perfectly with our growth strategy as one of the world’s leading pharma hubs, as well as our efforts to become the e-commerce hub of the Americas,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli. “We look forward to opening new doors at MIA within the trade and logistics industries.”
FTZ 281 encompasses land from S.W. 8th Street to the Broward County line, and from Miami Beach in the east to the Urban Development line in the west. Companies within an FTZ are able to defer paying duties only when product exits the site, reduce duties on combined finished products instead of on each individual product, and eliminate duties on products being imported to the site and then exported.
In 2016, MIA’s air trade was valued at $57.3 billion – representing 92 percent of the value of Florida’s total air trade and 40 percent of the State’s total (air and sea) trade with the world.
“Six years after being approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, FTZ 281 has more than 65 approved sites,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. ”Adding MIA as a magnet site is a huge accomplishment. It makes Miami a more competitive global gateway for growing international trade and commerce in Miami-Dade County. We welcome MIA to FTZ281.”
The FTZ magnet site follows other business development initiatives launched recently by MDAD, including: MIA’s first e-commerce workshop with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders in January, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs; Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program last February, which allows perishable freight from local seaports to be trucked to MIA and depart by air without Customs duties; and MIA’s pharma hub designation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices. Four MIA pharma hub partners became IATA-certified in 2017, and MIA’s pharma trade has grown in value from $1.8 billion 2010 to $4.4 billion in 2016. MIA was named “Best Freighter Hub” in the world by Freighter World magazine in 2017.
India is airport’s fourth-busiest market in Asia and for pharmaceuticals
Miami International Airport, America’s leading international freight airport and the world’s 11th busiest, will be the only U.S. airport sponsor of Air Cargo India 2018. The largest air cargo exhibition and networking conference in India, organized by The STAT Trade Times, will take place February 20 to 22 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.
The MIA-sponsored roundtable at Air Cargo India 2016
The sponsorship is part of MIA’s ongoing outreach to India, MIA’s fourth-busiest Asian cargo market at $234 million in trade annually – despite not having nonstop Miami service. Most notably, India is also MIA’s largest source of pharmaceutical product imports by volume, accounting for 616,971 kilograms in 2016, at a value of $52 million.
MIA’s sponsorship includes hosting a roundtable on Feb. 22 moderated by Miami-Dade Aviation Department Trade and Logistics Manager Emir Pineda, which will discuss how industry collaborations create efficient and profitable air cargo supply chains. In the last two years, MIA has helped launched successful cargo industry partnerships such as: MIA’s first e-commerce workshop with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders in January, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs; Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program last February, which allows perishable freight from local seaports to be trucked to MIA and depart by air without Customs duties; and MIA’s Pharma Hub Airport designation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the first in the U.S. and 2nd in the world.
MIA earned the IATA designation for organizing a community of logistics companies that are certified under IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) program. In 2017, four MIA Pharma Hub partners became CEIV Pharma-certified and two additional members of MIA’s cargo community also were certified, for a total of six companies. MIA’s pharma trade has grown in value from $1.8 billion 2010 to $4.4 billion in 2016.
“We look forward to strengthening our ties with the Indian cargo industry at this year’s Air Cargo India event,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli. “The Indian economy – one of the world’s largest in gross domestic product – already generates substantial cargo traffic for MIA, and we hope to spur increased growth through new partnerships and eventually, nonstop routes with India.”