Saturday, October 11, 2014; 6:30 p.m.

Trump National Doral Miami
4400 Northwest 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33178 (View Map)

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The following individuals will be the award recipients for 2014:

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The Greater Miami Aviation Association founded in 1927 by Glenn Curtiss will present its prestigious Wright Brothers Award to GA Telesis Founder and CEO Abdol Moabery on October 11th, 2014 during the organization’s annual Gala Benefit at the remodeled Trump National Resort in Doral.

The award itself is a who’s who in aviation history. The five foot trophy has engraved on its face the names of George Batchelor, Gordon Bethune, Fred Smith, Frank Borman, David Bassett, Eddie Rickenbacker, John Paul Riddle, and many more.  The highly coveted award recognizes an internationally distinguished industry leader whose 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.

Mr. Moabery will be part of the GMAA’s annual gala event that raises funds for high grade point average college students who meet certain financial needs and major in the aviation field.  At least ten students will receive tuition dollars from the GMAA-Batchelor Scholarship Fund. Abdol Moabery (formerly a partner with the late George Batchelor) personifies the American dream through hard work and dedication to our industry. GA Telesis is now a global corporation. Mr. Moabery is a philanthropist to many charities and is president of the scholarship fund for the Wings club.

In addition to the Wright Brothers Award, the GMAA’s annual gala event features the Juan Trippe Award, the Glenn Curtiss Award, the Eddie Rickenbacker Award, and the Corporate Achievement Award. This year the recipient of the Juan Trippe Award will be Art Torno, Senior VP of American Airlines Latin America.  Juan Trippe was a member of the GMAA in 1927, and then Pan Am Airways appropriated this award to be given for the outstanding man of the year who has made a significant contribution to the development of international aviation.

The Glenn Curtiss Award will be presented to Fabio Alexander, CEO of Miami Executive Air Services, for supporting aviation and education.

The Eddie Rickenbacker Award goes to AJ Tolbert, Chairman of the Department of Aviation and Safety  and Professor at Florida Memorial University and, retired American Airlines pilot who exemplifies what teachers should be today.

The Corporate Achievement Award recognizes Benny Benitez, Founder and CEO of 94th Aero Claims Corporation for his ongoing support of aviation schools and our military.

Federal Express will also donate two scholarships this year.


Wright Brothers Memorial Award

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.

Abdol Moabery
President & CEO; GA Telesis LLC

Juan Trippe Award

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.

Arthur J. Torno
Senior Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America; American Airlines

Glenn Curtiss Award

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.

Fabio Alexander
CEO; Miami Executive Aviation

Edward V. Rickenbacker Award

The Edward V. Rickenbacker Award, named for the former Chairman & CEO of Eastern Air Lines, who helped make South Florida a major aviation center and set . His example of the American work ethic is the basis for this award, recognizing an individual whose efforts in commercial aviation have contributed to the economic growth of South Florida.

Captain A.J Tolbert
Chair; Department of Aviation & Safety; Florida Memorial University

Corporate Achievement Award

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

Benny F. Benitez
Founder & CEO; 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consulting Group

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