FIAS-board

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FAVORITE PLANE

Loud and FAST! Any jet will do however the A-10's just look cool.

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Dana Carr

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.

The Florida International Air Show has a special place in my heart with many family memories.

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.


jennifer

FAVORITE PLANE

I’m partial to all warbirds: T-6s, P-51s, T-28s, Corsairs, etc. Warbirds are strong, beautiful tributes to American history and the soldiers that fought in them.

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Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith was previously the PIO & Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of the Punta Gorda Airport. She was aslso the Marketing Manager for Aviation Partners Group, APG Avionics, and APG Aviation. APG participates in several annual aviation industry shows such as Helicopter Association International’s Heli Expo, NBAA Business Aviation Conference & Expo, Indo Aerospace, and the National Warbird Operators Conference. In addition to exhibiting at these events, Jennifer has also organized various local aviation events such as Lunch & Learn seminars, networking socials, and product launch parties. 

This is my fourth year volunteering with the Florida International Air Show - every year is a new experience!

I’ve lived in Florida over 25 years. An Army veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Service Administration from Southern Technical College. I live in Charlotte County with my husband and 4 rescue dogs. When not working or marketing the Air Show, I love to be out on or in the water boating, fishing, or diving.

I enjoy being involved with the community in developing the Air Show. My volunteering is not just to organize, plan, and market the Air Show but to promote local businesses and charities. Being around the variety of aircraft is just a bonus!


pam

FAVORITE PLANE

Stealth fighter & bomber

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Pam Brown

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.

The air show board is a wonderful group of people who do wonderful things for our community. I love the reward for our hard work — it’s a great event.

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FAVORITE PLANE

Whatever one I am flying in!

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Ricki Markle

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.

Being a part of the FIAS is all about helping the local charity groups earn their donation money and providing an affordable family event in Charlotte county.

Mike Anderson
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FAVORITE PLANE

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.

I look forward to my grandkids coming to the Air Show each year to be as amazed as I was my first time.

Stan Smith

FAVORITE PLANE

F-4 Phantom, SR-71, and any other airplane with wings.

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Stan Smith

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.

This a great event to support the charities of Charlotte County. Also it brings many people out to the Airport that may not normally come to the Airport.