Loud and FAST! Any jet will do however the A-10's just look cool.
Air Trek VP Director of Operations. Dana has been with Air Trek since its inception in 1978. An ATP pilot with more than 8,000 hours of flight experience, he is type rated in the Cessna Citation and holds Commercial Pilot single engine land and sea and Helicopter licensure by the FAA.
Dana was approved by the FAA to serve in the required position of Director of Operations in 1984 and has served in that position for the past 28 years. He has been continually qualified as a pilot for Air Trek since 1979.
Dana has served for 9 years as President and/or on the Board of Directors of the Professional Aeromedical Transport Association (PATA). From 1999 to 2008 he served on the Board of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) as a representative from the National Aviation Transportation Association (NATA). Dana has been awarded the Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) designation by the Association of Air Medical Services. He currently serves as an active member of the Air Charter Committee of NATA.
In 2006 Dana was responsible for spearheading the development of Air Trek’s Safety Management System (SMS) which was one of the first to be accepted in the USA. Canada and European countries now require SMS for their aviation operators and soon it will be required in the U.S. As a result of Dana’s safety minded vision, Air Trek’s SMS has been in place for years.
Dana’s main responsibility is overseeing daily operations and logistics of the company which can include multiple simultaneous operations both domestically and on other continents.
I have been involved in every Air Show since the 1st one in 1982, mostly as an on airport business helping with whatever was required for the show to go on. Our business and children grew along with the Air Show. To have been part of the TEAM who worked to bring back the Air Show in 2016 and fast-tracked to the 2018 Air Show President is indeed an honor.
Stealth fighter & bomber
Pam is originally from Syracuse, NY, where she worked for Carrier Corporation, Transicold Division, for 18 years. She and her husband brought their sailboat from Lake Ontario, through the inter-coastal waterway, to Port Charlotte in 1996. She became Controller of the Charlotte County YMCA in 2002 and retired in 2005. She returned to that position in 2012 & retired yet again in 2015. In addition, she served as treasurer of the Y’s Men’s Club (a service club for the YMCA) for 10 years.
Pam’s involvement in the Florida Int’l Air Show began as an assistant to the Director of Concessions in 2005. She continued working as Lead Rep for Concessions, responsible for bringing in specialty food vendors. In 2013 she joined the Board of Directors and currently serves as treasurer.
Whatever one I am flying in!
Ricki has lived in Port Charlotte for 30 years. Spent many years coaching youth baseball and softball with husband, John Markle. Also worked in mortgage banking for 30 years in Charlotte County. Proud to have raised our 3 daughters and foster son here. Favorite charities are Crossroads Academy for boys, and Habitat for Humanity.
They started as volunteers for the Airshow in 2001 with their daughter’s softball team. Over the years, they have become more active in the airshow and have been spending more time and effort volunteering on the Concessions Committee.
Jets of course!
Major Mike Anderson
Originally from Chicago, I moved to Charlotte County in 1987 and starting working for Public Works, I then moved on to the Sheriff's Office in 1989. During my time in the Sheriff's Office I have been fortunate to rise to my current level of Major in charge of the Bureau of Law Enforcement. I have a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. I raised two wonderful daughters in Charlotte County and have 7 grandkids. During my 29 years in Law Enforcement I have worked both the Summer and Winter Olympics and traveled around the work for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Some of the charities that I am passionate about include, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
I attended my first airshow in 1984 while visiting my parents who had just moved to Charlotte County. It was an awesome event and to be finally part of the team will make each show even more special.
F-4 Phantom, SR-71, and any other airplane with wings.
Airplanes and type ratings: Boeing 787, 767, 757, 737, DC9, MD80, SD3-30, 727 FE King Air 200, Sabreliner 40 & 65, Merlin I, Twin Otter Certified Flight Instructor: Single & Multi Engine Land Instrument and Advanced Ground Instructor. Director of Training for a Regional Airline, Flew for several large Corporations before going to the Airlines. Established and owned 2 Air Charter Operations Born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. Graduate of Penn State University with a Degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Full time resident of Charlotte County…28 years Punta Gorda and 4 years Port Charlotte Married 41 years and wife, Linda, is also retired Captain with Continental Airlines and Flight Instructor Single & Multi Engine Land. One son: Charlotte High School & Florida State University Graduate.
Currently President of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 565 at the Punta Gorda Airport and Warbirds Chapter 24 member. On the Advisory Committee for Punta Gorda Airports next 20-year Master Plan. Currently running for Charlotte Country Airport Authority Commissioner District 4.
Free time!! Love: boating, kayaking, sailing, building an Air Cam & restoring older aircraft.
Any WW2 vintage with the exception of the A10 as a jet era aircraft.
Doug is a Realtor with Remax Harbor Realty here in Punta Gorda, and has been a Realtor for 28 years, he was also a Developer and Builder in Michigan before relocating to Punta Gorda in 2007 full time. Doug has been married 32 years to his wife Marcia and has 2 beautiful daughters and 4 “furry grand children.”
Doug started volunteering for the Punta Gorda Block Party, where he was approached for his logistic skills for use at the FIAS and volunteered as a Red Cap for 7 years before taking on the lead Red Cap role in 2017 and subsequently the “Red Caps facilities & logistics Director“.
Free Time: Love boating, the beach, traveling and going to football games locally and the Big House (GO BLUE!!)
Rich Emch CFP®, is a Financial Advisor with Raymond James & Associates has worked in the Financial Services Industry since 1988. Rich and his wife relocated to Port Charlotte from Cleveland Ohio in 1990. Since that time Rich has been actively involved in many community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Rotary International, Charlotte Community Foundation, Economic Development Council, Port Charlotte Toastmasters and various Chamber of Commerce activities. Rich and his wife enjoy kayaking the waters of Charlotte Harbor and recently began fostering animals for the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County.
Working with Sponsors and Commercial Exhibitors involved in the Florida International Airshow gives me a way to help connect local businesses with this very worthwhile event. The show provides a positive and significant economic impact.