Broward College Aviation Students Awarded $36,000 in Scholarships from the Greater Miami Aviation Association

Broward College is proud to announce that 12 Emil Buehler Aviation Institute students are recipients of the Greater Miami Aviation Association’s (GMAA) Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund.  The students will be recognized and awarded a total of $36,000 in scholarships at the 91st GMAA Wright Brothers Memorial Gala on October 13, 2018 at the Trump National Doral Miami Resort.

The scholarship is awarded annually to skilled aviation students in the South Florida region who are pursuing careers in the aerospace industry. The students Lucas Botazini, Alex Gutierrez, Amit Kopit, Antonella Mancebo, Jacob A. Moore, Oscar Romo Ortiz, Francis Pineda, Juan Felipe Ramirez, Aramis Sanchez, Peter Sheppard, Nicholas W. Smallacombe and Guillermo A. Suarez were selected based on their outstanding academic and aviation achievements, as well as their leadership and financial needs. The $36,000 will be allocated to the recipients based their individual financial need.

“We are honored to have our hard-working aviation students selected to receive this prestigious scholarship,” said Broward College President Gregory Haile. “Scholarships like this are a vital part in Broward College’s mission of providing our students the opportunity to successfully achieve their professional dreams.”

Established in 1927, the GMAA is one of the most respected aviation civic organizations created to increase public awareness of aviation’s important role in our community. The Association created the GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund to support the future aviation careers in South Florida by awarding scholarships to local college students, which was made possible by a substantial endowment by the late George Batchelor.

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MIA’s largest airline has a new local chief

Miami Herald

August 09, 2018 04:05 PM

American Airlines, Miami International Airport’s largest carrier, has a new local chief. On Thursday it announced Juan Carlos Liscano as vice president of Miami Hub Operations.

Liscano will oversee airport operations as the chief executive for American in Miami and its 13,000-plus employees.

The Colombia native was chosen for this position based on his strong relationships with Latin America. Liscano previously served as American’s managing director of Latin America, where he oversaw 3,300 employees in 17 countries. The position was previously held by Ralph Lopez , who was named vice president of American’s Integrated Operations Center earlier this year.

“Miami is an incredibly important market for us and a melting pot of cultures that deserves an experienced and dynamic leader,” said American executive Kerry Philipovitch in a news release. “We needed a leader with strong relationships in both Miami and Latin America. Juan Carlos is the perfect choice.”

Liscano began his career as an operations agent at American Eagle. Since moving to American Airlines, he has held airport leadership positions in the Bahamas, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Atlanta.

In June, American Airlines carried nearly 2.3 million passengers through MIA. Miami is also the airline’s biggest cargo hub.

GMAA to honor Mike Kasbar, World Fuel Services CEO, other aviation luminaries; award $91,000 to aviation students at 91st Annual Gala

Founder and CEO of the largest public company in Miami – World Fuel Services, and other aviation luminaries will be honored at the Greater Miami Aviation Association’s 91st Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Trump National Doral Miami Resort at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Kasbar co-founded Trans Tec in 1985 and transformed it through acquisitions and organic growth into World Fuel Services (WFS) a $35 Billion company who is an energy market maker, and supports many airlines, logistics and maritime companies. He will receive the Wright Brothers Memorial award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by pioneers in our industry, much like the Wright Brothers, who have contributed to the expansion of our industry, and created economic impact for our region. Mr. Kasbar will join the likes of Amin Khoury, Larry Mendelson, Gary Spulak, Gordon Bethune, David Storch and Fred Smith who received this honor previously.

Mr. Aviv Tzur, the President of the GMAA, also announced the following award winners:

  • John Dietrich, COO of Atlas Airlines, Juan Trippe Award
  • Luis Morell, President, Heico Repair Group for the Glenn Curtis Award
  • Col. Willard Shepherd, Anchor, NBC Universal, the Eddy Rickenbacker Award.
  • Judge A. Jay Cristol, the Pioneer Award
  • International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) for the Corporate Achievement Award

In addition, GMAA announced that over 20 students from local Universities and Colleges will be provided between $2,000 and $10,000 in scholarships under the George T. Batchelor Scholarship Fund and type rating training, sponsored by Pan Am International Flight Academy totaling $91,000, and a $2,000 Timothy Perseverance scholarship. Over the past five years the GMAA has provided close to $400,000 in scholarships to local young aviators.

The Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA), was established in 1927 and is one of the largest and oldest Civic and Business Aviation organization in the Americas. 

GMAA works in concert with other organizations, industry leaders, government and civic leaders to ensure that the interest of the aviation industry, with an emphasis on South Florida are constantly promoted. Additionally, it provides life-changing opportunities to young men & women with financial challenges, striving to become the next generation of aviators, through its Batchelor fund program.

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MIA named Best Airport in North America for Cargo Logistics

Airport recognized at Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Shanghai

MDAD Trade and Logistics Chief Emir Pineda accepts MIA’s AFLAS award for Best Airport in North America

On May 15, Miami International Airport was named Best Airport in North America at the 2018 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards ceremony in Shanghai, in recognition of its excellence in the global air cargo sector over the past year.

The awards program, hosted and organized annually by industry publication Asia Cargo News, recognized leading cargo logistics service providers including air and shipping lines, air and sea ports, and other associated industry professionals.

The nomination and voting process, according to Asia Cargo News, allowed more than 10,000 readers and e-news subscribers of the publication to determine the leading organizations in the market and then select the winners – making the award results the opinion of service users rather than a panel of judges. MIA was chosen from a group of four finalists that also included Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

“Congratulations to MIA for receiving more well-deserved recognition because of its world-class cargo operations,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County is incredibly fortunate to have America’s busiest international freight airport – and one of the world’s top 10 – within our community.”

MIA achieved its best year ever for freight tonnage in 2017, with 2.24 million total tons – a three-percent increase over 2016. The airport benefitted from four new international cargo carriers launching service last year: Etihad Cargo began weekly freighter flights between Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi in November; TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities in August; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly flights from Cancun in March; and Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha, with stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege, last February. Most recently, Southern Air began weekly all-cargo service between Hong Kong and MIA via Anchorage last month, and Skybus launched weekly cargo service to Peru in January.

In the last two years, MIA has introduced a host of innovative cargo initiatives, including: approval by the U.S. Department of Commerce to designate the airport land parcel as a Foreign Trade Zone magnet site; the formation of an e-commerce task force workshop with local air cargo industry stakeholders, 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.

“It is an honor to be named Best Airport in North America by the readers of Asia Cargo News, especially given the caliber of the other airports shortlisted for this award,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “We are proud to be an example of excellence in the air cargo sector, and we look forward to strengthening trade and commerce even more within our world region.”

Written by leading transport and cargo industry journalists, Asia Cargo News is a vital source of intelligence for cargo, logistics and supply chain companies located in and doing business in Asia. The newspaper includes a range of in-depth features, news and analysis designed to meet the information needs of industry decision-makers.

“Thousands of shippers and industry experts have voted, making the results a true reflection of industry expertise,” said Asia Cargo News publisher Darren Barton. “The response was overwhelming.”

2018 GMAA Midsummer Golf Tournament Photos

GMAA Midsummer Golf Tournament

Thank you to all our 2018 Midsummer Golf sponsors for a great turnout and Tournament!

1st place: AAR  | 2nd place: AvBiz LLC | 3rd place: GA Telesis


Photos from 2018’s Midsummer Tournament

Two Local Pilots Receive Major Aviation Award

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.


Andy Anderman

Terry Meek

Federal Aviation Administration Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award.