After much deliberations, our board of Directors decided to postpone our 2020 Gala, which was scheduled for October 17. While we were so excited about the venue, we felt compelled to comply with safety guidelines. We deeply care about your health and well-being, and thus, will await to conduct our Gala at a time when our community has recovered, and a vaccine is underway. This will be a time to celebrate the achievement of our incredible awardees, all of whom are local leaders who are doing an amazing job keeping our industry “flying.”
We will be holding our annual Golf tournament (CLICK FOR DETAILS) on Friday, October 9, as golf is a sport which we feel allows safe social distancing. We will take extreme safety measures, so come join and support us. As this will be our only remaining event this year, we need you now, more then ever before, to show your support for the Aviation industry and our scholarship fund. Please consider Sponsorship of hats, shirts, balls, bags, signage, the lunch & drinks, donating items to the raffle or any other appropriate promotional items. No donation or contribution is too small! Of course, we hope you will be able to enjoy an opportunity to mingle with top aviation professionals, at the beautiful Doral golf course.
I hope to personally “elbow bump” each and every one of you soon!
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.
Our other mission is to assist young aviators wishing to pursue careers in our industry. Over the past 15 years we have expanded our activities, and we have granted over $750,000 in scholarships to students, wishing to pursue a lifelong dream to become pilots, technicians & flight controllers, but lacking the financial means. Each year we are assisting at least 20 such university and technical college students with generous scholarships.
2020 has been a very challenging year, because of the Covid19 pandemic and the Aviation industry is one of the hardest hit. The GMAA life blood is fund raising through events, but we are prevented from doing so for the time being.
Would you please consider donating items such as wine, memorabilia, and travel & hospitality items, to benefit this great cause? The GMAA Batchelor Scholarship fund is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible.
1st Place: AvBiz Aerospace Ventures LLC; Fred Murphy, Aviv Tzur; Eric Kaplan
2nd Place: Aersale; Dean Vitale, Steve Server, Elyse Tenney, Frank Guillen
3rd Place: Aersale; Craig Wright, Diego, Ryan Goepel, Andrew
Closest to the Pin: Stephen M. Pepe; Amerijet
Longest Drive: William G
U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Seminar
CIVIL AVIATION INDUSTRY IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia is undergoing a major economic transformation under the guidance of Vision 2030. Located in the heart of the Middle East and North Africa region with access to 400 million people, Saudi Arabia is set to become a global center for transportation and logistics services. With 27 airports and more than 91 million passengers per year, Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation sector is growing at a rapid pace. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is implementing a number of Public Private Partnerships to modernize services and is transitioning from operator to regulator. In 2018, GACA soft opened a major passenger terminal at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International airport, one of the largest in the region.
The GACA leadership team will present projects and business opportunities related to:
Airport Design and Construction
Air Navigation Systems
Aviation Information Technology
Fire & Rescue
Air Traffic Control
Aviation Maintenance Systems
Airport Operation & Safety
Airport Concessions and Services
Cargo Facility Development and Management
Car Park Operators
Workforce Training Development
Keynote Speaker: H.E. Abdulhakim bin Muhammad Al Tamimi, President, General Authority of Civil Aviation
Host: Edward Burton, President & CEO, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council
Low-cost carrier will begin London-Miami service in March
Norwegian, voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier the past six years in a row by the SkyTrax World Airline Awards, has announced it will begin first-ever service at Miami International Airport on March 31, 2019. The launch will give travelers a daily nonstop option between MIA and London Gatwick Airport, aboard Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that seats 344 passengers in a two-class configuration.
“I applaud Norwegian for adding Miami-Dade County to its growing network,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The United Kingdom is already our County’s fifth-busiest international travel market, and Norwegian’s new daily flights are sure to generate even more tourism from that region and from across Europe as well.”
Norwegian is the third international airline this year to schedule a Miami service launch in 2019. Moroccan national carrier Royal Air Maroc has announced it will launch the first-ever Miami-Casablanca route on April 3 – MIA’s first passenger flights to Africa since the year 2000 and Florida’s only nonstop service to the continent. On June 1, LOT Polish Airlines will begin four weekly flights to Warsaw – MIA’s first-ever service to Poland and the only nonstop route between Florida and Eastern Europe.
“We are honored by Norwegian’s decision to launch first-ever Miami service, which will soon provide our passengers with yet another nonstop travel option to Europe,” said Lester Sola, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director and CEO. “We look forward to welcoming their award-winning service to MIA, where nearly one million passengers already travel to and from the United Kingdom annually.”
“South Florida is one of our most important markets in the U.S., and by moving our London service to Miami, we will become even more competitive and offer more South Florida residents more affordable flights to London and beyond, while we will also have access to many more opportunities, including cargo, “said Norwegian CEO and Founder, Bjørn Kjos. “We are very committed to this market, and look forward to increasing our presence at MIA in the future.”
Norwegian is the world’s fifth largest low-cost airline, carrying 33 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates more than 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 150 aircraft, with an average age of 3.7 years.