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5/20/2010 - César Calvet Becomes Pilot-In-Command of Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board

ORLANDO, FL. – At its May meeting, newly appointed Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Chairman César Calvet led his first fully-attended meeting which included the two members recently appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Calvet was officially elected Chairman at the April meeting. The Authority Board sets policy and administers all aviation activities at Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports.

The seven-member Board includes most recent appointees: Frank Kruppenbacher, an Orlando area attorney who served as General Counsel for Orange County Public Schools and Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, D.O., Director of Sports Medicine at Florida Hospital Centra Care. They join James Palmer, Esq., Senior Partner and Founder of Palmer, Reifler and Associates, P.A. and Joseph “Jose” Colón, Board Treasurer, a retiree and Volunteer Legislative Liaison for State Representative Darren Soto. Also on the Board continuing their representation of the City of Orlando and Orange County, Florida are Mayor Buddy Dyer, Board Vice Chairman, and Mayor Richard T. Crotty. The new board members will serve a four-year term and the Chairman a two-year term.

Chairman Calvet brings decades of banking experience and community service to this lead role in operating one of Florida’s busiest airports which handled 33.7 million passengers in 2009.

Chairman Calvet congratulates and thanks immediate past Chairman Jeffry Fuqua for his many years of service to GOAA.
Chairman Calvet congratulates and thanks immediate past
Chairman Jeffry Fuqua for his many years of service to GOAA.

State of the Airport

After nearly 20 years of service, immediate past Chairman Jeffry Fuqua presented to the new board and his successor his final ‘State of the Airport’ summation. During his remarks, he presented a history of the Authority’s actions and outlined the elements of Orlando International Airport’s progress and success from 1978 to the present day. Fuqua emphasized the airport’s 32-year legacy of becoming a world-class transportation leader in now offering non-stop access to over 90 domestic and 24 international markets. He reiterated the benefits of fiscal stewardship in maintaining competitive cost per enplaned passenger fees for airlines, which in turn has provided high-grade bond ratings for the Authority from the major bond rating agencies. He included his desire and hope that the new Board will continue established commitments to the community and give support for diverse economic development of the region.

Fuqua stressed the importance of maintaining the “Orlando Experience”, the award-winning design and architecture concept, which “brings the outdoors in” and uses the key components of passenger convenience, airiness, use of water, ability to easily expand and reflect the Florida environment. These are the elements that the experienced aviation leader feels are most important as the airport expands and grows with future projects including the accommodation of community rail systems and the development of a south terminal complex. The south complex will eventually double the size of Orlando International Airport and provide the capacity for up to 80 million passengers annually.

A recent Florida Department of Transportation study shows Orlando International Airport has an annual economic impact of 26.4 billion dollars to the Central Florida economy.

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For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.


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