Today, the GMAA has announced its 2020 award recipients. The emphasis was on airlines affecting our local economy, and hometown executives who, under extreme and unprecedent conditions, continue to navigate their companies and organizations with a very sure hand, toward recovery.

The awardees include:

Edward (Ted) Christie, CEO, Spirit Airlines for the Wright Brothers Memorial Award;

Lester Sola, CEO, Miami International Airport for the Juan Trippe Award;

Dr. Jaffus Hardrick, President, Florida Memorial University for the Glenn Curtiss Award;

Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President, Miami Hub, American Airlines for the Edward V. Rickenbacker Award;

Manuel De Jesus, President, MD Turbine for the Corporate Award

Avianca Airlines, at 100, for the Pioneer 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, PanAm Academy and the Murphy Family, the Tzur Family and Judge Jay Cristol.

The GMAA has provided over $500,000 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, airlines and 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 professional, ethically positive action programs are implemented in matters relating to the Aviation and Aerospace industries.