FYI Miami: August 15, 2013
MILITARY HUDDLE IN DORAL: Military personnel from 19 nations of the hemisphere are at the US Southern Command Headquarters in Doral this week participating in a training exercise labeled PANAMAX 2013. The 160 military visitors are under the command of SouthCom’s naval commander Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, who acts as the commander of Multinational Forces South for what is primarily a naval exercise.
GAS PRICES DROP: Miami gasoline prices at the pump this week fell 4.9 cents from last week, bringing them to $3.60 per gallon on the average, which is 13.4 cents per gallon lower than a year earlier, according to tracking service GasBuddy. For Florida as a whole, gasoline prices were 11 cents a gallon less than a year earlier, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. For Florida as a whole, AAA said, gas prices at the pump now average $3.528 per gallon.
787 TRAINING: Boeing Commercial Airplanes announced it will be launching 787 training at its Miami flight services campus on Aug. 29. Boeing is relocating full-flight simulators to Miami, starting with two 787 training suites. Miami is Boeing’s largest commercial aviation training campus and is a preferred training location for customers based in Latin America, according to statement. “This is about getting close to our customers, doing what is right for them and bringing them the best product support and services in the industry,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Commercial Aviation Services. During the event, Boeing also plans to release its 2013 Pilot & Technician Outlook, which forecasts how many pilots and technicians will be needed over the next 20 years.
WASHINGTON FLY-IN: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce plans to take a delegation to Capitol Hill in October to meet with the area’s congressional delegation, visit federal agencies and air local issues of concern. Delegates pay $200 apiece – $250 after Aug. 23 – plus their own airfare and hotel accommodations for the Oct. 8-10 visit. Details: Daniel Tapia, (305) 577-5469.
TORCH PASSES: Former Vice President Diana Herrera has taken over Associated Photo & Imaging from long-time President Larry Apple, who has retired. The company at 19 SW Sixth St. in the Brickell area was started as a photographic services company in 1946 by Art Apple. His son Larry took over in 1981 and transformed it to deal with large-format commercial digital and laser imaging. Ms. Herrera joined the company in 1987.