GMAA to Honor Major Local Leaders at Nov. 5 Gala


Today, the GMAA has announced its 2022 Gala award recipients. The emphasis was on hometown executives who, under extreme and unprecedent conditions, continue to navigate their companies and organizations with a very sure hand, toward recovery. They have contributed to the remarkable surge in our local economy, and provide many well-paying jobs to the aviation community

The awardees include:

–              Fred Murphy, CEO, FEAM Maintenance & Engineering for the Wright Brothers Award;

–              Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for the Juan Trippe Award;

–              Jorge Fernandez & Allan Jiron, Co-owners of Summit Aviation for the Glenn Curtiss Award;

–              Lisa Holland, President, Sheltair for the Amelia Earhart Award.

–              GA Telesis for the Corporate Award;

–              Michael Finney (Posthumously), Beacon Council – Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition, students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Memorial University, Broward College, Miami-Dade College and George T. Baker Technical College will receive Scholarships and Type Rating Certificates ranging from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00 through the George T. Bachelor Scholarship Fund, Paramount Aviation Services, the Murphy Family, the Tzur Family and the Nelson Gonzalez family.

The GMAA has provided over $750,000 in scholarships to local young aviators. The scholarships will be awarded to the students at the gala.

Aviv Tzur, President of GMAA commented: “We are proud to support outstanding young aviators, women and men who dream of careers in the aviation industry, and are citizens of our community. Such scholarships could change the lives and career trajectory of theses students, which was the vision of Mr. Batchelor. We are also proud this year, to recognize our hometown heroes, individuals who, in the midst of a global pandemic continue to guide their companies on the road to recovery”.

The Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) was established in 1927 and is one of the largest and oldest Civic and Business Aviation organizations in the Americas.  GMAA works in concert with other organizations, industry leaders, government and civic leaders to ensure that professional, ethically positive action programs are implemented in matters relating to the Aviation and Aerospace industries.

GMAA 2022 Elections Results

Dear GMAA Members and Supporters,

Our election committee, comprised of Carla Pinto and Wayman Eduardo Luy, had tallied up the votes of our April 11 Elections. The results will be ratified by our board at our next meeting.

This year, again, we had an amazing cadre of 10 candidates who are so passionate about our industry, supporting education and keeping the legacy of our amazing organization. They all are qualified and deserve to be on our board.

Alas, there were only 5 seats up for election, and it gives us great pleasure to announce the new board members:

Cam Murphy
Vicky Sokolowski
Jorge Guerra
Madeline Mesa
Rebecca Longo

Congratulations to you all. We look forward to another amazing year of achievements at the GMAA.

Aviv Tzur
GMAA President
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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.