Next Meeting Thursday, June 21, 2018 Commander Frank Weisser, U.S. Navy, Blue Angel Lead Solo

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CELEBRATING34 YEARS: 1984 - 2018

The Aero Club of Metropolitan Atlanta was founded in 1984 by Lockheed Aircraft Company executives and local business people to serve the aviation community.

Our June 21, 2018 Speaker: Commander Frank Weisser, U.S. Navy, Former Blue Angel Lead Solo

Commander Frank J. Weisser is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from North Springs High School in 1996 where he lettered in football and track. He attended the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 2000, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Frank reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida for aviation indoctrination in October 2000. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Florida and transferred to NAS Meridian, Mississippi for intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-2C Buckeye and the T-45C Goshawk. He received his wings of gold in November 2002.

Frank remained with Training Squadron 7 (VT-7) as an Instructor Pilot in the T-45C as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD). During his tour, Frank served as the Squadron Facilities Manager and Schedules Officer. In June 2004, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) at NAS Oceana, Virginia for training in the F/A-18C Hornet.

Frank reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87), the "War Party," in April 2005 where he deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in August 2005. During this deployment, Frank flew 34 combat missions over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While with the "War Party," Frank served as the Schedules Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, Naval Air Training and Operation Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Landing Signals Officer (LSO). While there, Frank was awarded the Lieutenant Charles Nelson Award for Junior Officer Leadership and contributed to the "War Party" receiving the 2005 and 2006 Battle "E" for sustained superior performance in an operational environment.

Frank joined the Blue Angels in September 2007. He served as the Narrator and VIP Pilot in 2008, Opposing Solo pilot and NATOPS Officer in 2009 and as the Lead Solo pilot and Operations Officer in 2010. While assigned to the Blue Angels, he earned a Master's Degree in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2009.

Frank returned to the fleet in February 2011 as a Department Head for Strike Fighter Squadron 97 (VFA-97), the "Warhawks," at NAS Lemoore, California. While assigned to the "Warhawks," he served as Safety Officer, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. As a Department Head, Frank completed two deployments to the Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom in addition to contributing to the "Warhawks" receiving the 2013 Battle "E."

Following his Department Head tour, Frank reported to the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany in December 2013. While assigned to the NATO School, Frank was the Director of Mobile Training and Education and oversaw all NATO School training activities throughout the world, while personally conducting training in Ethiopia, Ukraine, Germany and France.

Frank joined the Blue Angels in July of 2016 where he served again as the Opposing Solo Pilot in 2016 and the Lead Solo Pilot and Operations Officer in 2017. Following the completion of the 2017 season, Frank remained in Pensacola to assist the Naval Aviation Enterprise with the Blue Angel Transition from the Legacy F/A-18 A-D to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.

He has accumulated more than 4500 flight hours and over 400 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Strike Flight Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and various personal and unit awards.

The EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement was Presented to Major General George Harrison, USAF (Retired).

George Harrison retired as Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. Before his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in July 1997 as a Major General, he was Commander, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. George began his Air Force career as an F-4 pilot at MacDill AFB, Florida in 1963. Since then, he has flown combat in Republic of Vietnam (RVN), Iraq and Bosnia. He commanded the 4485th Test Squadron, the 479th Tactical Training Wing, the USAF Air Warfare Center, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia and served as the Director of Operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

The EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement is given in the name of Pat Epps, a Georgia Tech alumnus, and his family who have made such a positive impact on aviation in the Atlanta Area. Ben Epps, Pat’s father, flew a powered aircraft of his own design at Athens, Georgia in 1907, just three years after the Wright Brothers’ first successful powered flight.

Thank you, Mr. Epps, for making this honor possible!

About the Atlanta Aero Club

The Atlanta Aero Club is dedicated to providing a forum for matters affecting aviation in the Atlanta area, both commercial and general; recognizing and awarding those making the greatest contribution to furthering aviation in the Atlanta area; communicating and disseminating information affecting aviation; and promoting all aviation and recognizing its importance to the metropolitan area and to the State of Georgia.

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Individual Memberships are only $55 a year. Business memberships are $250 per year and allow up to 10 named individuals. Support the Atlanta Aviation Industry by joining or renewing now!


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Next Aero Club Event

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Commander Frank Weisser, U.S. Navy, Blue Angel Lead Solo. Events are subject to change due to speakers' schedule.


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Air Harbor, Inc. at LZU is an exclusive facility that leases secure individual storage hangers for small aircraft. It is owned and operated by fellow pilots who understand and appreciate better than anyone, the required care necessary to protecting and preserving our aircraft investments.


Young Astronauts' Day

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Young Astronauts' Day is a full day of hands-on, STEM workshops for 1st-8th grade students. Students choose a "Flight" to travel based on their appropriate grade level and participate in three workshops through out that "Flight". All students will receive a Museum of Aviation t-shirt and lunch.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 9 AM - 2 PM, $40 each

Open to students in 1st - 8th Grades

National STEM Academy at the Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, GA

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Upcoming Meetings & Speakers

Our Next Meeting

June 21, 2018

U.S Navy CDR Frank Weisser

Blue Angel Lead Solo

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