2017 Gala Awards

Saturday, October 21, 2017; 5:30 p.m.
Trump National Doral Miami
Ivanka Ballroom

We have the pleasure to announcing the following Award Recipients:

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Wright Brothers Memorial Award

Amin J. Khoury

Chairman & CEO
B/E Aerospace & KLX Inc.


The Greater Miami Aviation Association Wright Brothers Memorial Award is the most prestigious of the GMAA’s awards. Having begun in 1927 as a pioneering Miami-based Florida-focused civil aviation advocacy group, today the GMAA membership and activities are concentrated in and encompass the advancement of the aviation and aerospace community on a global scale.

The Greater Miami Aviation Association Wright Brothers Memorial Award parallels the growth and evolution of the GMAA organization. It is proudly presented to an internationally distinguished industry leader whose substantial contribution to the aviation and aerospace community reflects the innovation, vision, conviction and admired business principles attributed to the positive impact and legacy upon aviation of the Wright Brothers.

Juan Trippe Award


 David G. Neeleman

Founder, Chairman & CEO
AZUL Brazilian Airlines


This award recognizes the significant contributions made by an individual to the development of international aviation. Juan Trippe started Pan American World Airways, Inc. in 1927. Under his leadership, Pan Am essentially represented America’s commercial aviation policy overseas by pioneering international routes and operating global daily flights.

Glenn Curtiss Award


Dr. Eduardo Jose Padron
President
Miami Dade College


This Award recognizes extraordinary contributors to the air transport, business and private aviation sectors in the Americas and South Florida for their innovation, customer support and product quality and in the field of education. 

Corporate Achievement Award

PAN AM International Flight Academy

This award recognizes the contributions of a corporation to the aviation industry and the South Florida community.

Live Auction

Don’t miss our LIVE AUCTION at this year’s GALA event. Among the items to be included is a 737 autographed nose by the Miami Heat team. Surely this will be a collectible item!