Reported and Photographed from Miami by: Chris Sloan, Airchive.comÂ Editor-in-Chief
Miami is now Boeingâ€™s â€œSim City,â€ but Airchiveâ€™s home base has been an aviation hub dating back to the early days of the industry. Hallowed names like Pan Am, National, Eastern, Glenn Curtis, Rich International, and Air Florida have played pivotal roles in the worldâ€™s aviation industry from South Florida. Â OK, maybe that last name is a bit of a stretch.
Today, Miami boasts Americaâ€™s second-busiest international airport and number one international cargo airport â€“ MIA, American Airlines’ bustling Latin American hub, and the UPS hub of the Americas. Perhaps the most iconic name in aviation, Boeing joined South Floridaâ€™s famed aviation industry in 1997 when they established a joint-venture with Flight Safety, FlightSafety Boeing Training International.
In 2002, Boeing bought out their partner. They join Airbus’ Americas Training Center and the Pan Am Flight Academy (just purchased this week by Japanâ€™s ANA) in the little Miami suburb of Virginia Gardens, now home to one of the largest concentrations of flight simulators and commercial aviation training of any city in the world.