– Donald Koranda, a 1977 Florida Tech graduate and president and CEO of the National Aeronautic Association, received this year’s George M. Skurla
Outstanding Alumni Award at the School of Aeronautics annual Homecoming Luncheon.
The National Aeronautic Association is a non-profit organization that traces its roots back to 1905 and the Aero Club of America. Koranda’s focus is to
improve the level of recognition for air pioneers and to develop new products and services for the organization’s diverse membership. Members are major
aerospace corporations, other associations and individuals.
After graduation, Koranda moved to Washington D.C. to begin a career with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). While there he was director of
service and reference, vice president of the membership division and senior vice president in charge of the membership service division. In 1994 he became
the vice president of training for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Koranda has been with the National Aeronautic Association since 1998.
George M. Skurla, for whom the award is named, was a retired chairman and president of Grumman Aerospace Corporation as well as a Florida Tech trustee and
benefactor. He passed away in late 2001.