Chairman and President
Rick Garcia is the President of Gulf Coast Avionics Corp. of Lakeland, FL. He serves on the board of directors at the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and the Aircraft Electronics Association, and is the president of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees at Polk State College. Born and raised in Miami, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1978-82, and worked on avionics for the F-4 and F-16 aircraft. In 1984, he founded Gulf Coast Avionics Corp., which has grown to 19 offices worldwide.
Past Chairman and President
Dear Business Aviation Professional:
The Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) was formed to represent the business aviation interests in the greater Tampa Bay area. TBAA’s focus is to keep members informed of issues affecting Business Aviation within our region as well as nationally, promote safety, educate the general public and government officials as well as promoting the benefits of Business Aviation.
TBAA also gives back to our community through charity and fund raising events. TBAA has created a great network of local aviation professionals who share information and ideas with other members. TBAA holds monthly meetings along with some social events.
We encourage you to join our organization and become part of something great. Business Aviation is thriving, but it also faces serious access and security challenges. Your membership, support and involvement in the TBAA will help meet those general aviation challenges at the “grass roots” level. Success at the “grass roots” level in the Tampa Bay area will also pave the way for more successes across Florida and the USA.
Membership in the Tampa Bay Aviation Association is open to both individuals and organizations with dues structured at nominal levels. Please take few moments to fill out the attached Membership application and send it back via postal mail, fax, or email.
We look forward to having you as TBAA Member.
PIE Airport Advisor
Erin Johnson, ACE
Erin Johnson has a B.S. in Aviation Management and an A.S. in Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College. Erin was an intern with the FAA in the department of Acquisition where she worked on the A-76 project to privatize Flight Service Stations. After graduation, Erin went to work for TAG Aviation as a Charter Sales Rep and Flight Coordinator. From TAG Aviation she went on to work in Airport Operations and has worked at Atlantic City International Airport, Albany International Airport, and Tallahassee Regional Airport and is currently an Airport Operations Supervisor and the Airport Security Coordinator at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.