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Next Meeting Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Capital City Club downtown

CELEBRATING30 YEARS: 1984 - 2014

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

Meet Our October Speaker!

Jack R. Crisler is Vice President, F-35 Business Development and Strategic Integration with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In this position, he serves as the primary Aeronautics interface, senior company advisor and advocate for all F-35 Domestic and International Business Development matters. He ensures key long-term customer relationships are developed and maintained, while developing and implementing long-range plans for the F-35. He is also responsible for supporting communications strategy, international industrial strategy, teaming agreements, international sustainment strategy, and block development.

Previously, Jack was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Air Mobility, Special Operations and Maritime Programs. In this position he developed and executed the mobility line of business strategy and he led a team responsible for worldwide sales of all versions of the C-130J and for modernization and sustainment of both new and legacy Air Mobility, SOF and Maritime aircraft, including the C-5M and P-3.

Jack also served as the Deputy for International Air Mobility reporting to the Vice President of Air Mobility and Special Operations Forces for several years. In this capacity, he was accountable for the pursuit and capture of mobility, maritime patrol, and sustainment opportunities in the international market place.

While in leadership positions, Jack has been asked by the executive team to assume special assignments and to personally lead the capture of corporate focus and priority programs including the USN’s Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft; as well as successful campaigns in Canada, Denmark, Greece, and Malaysia. In this capacity he formed integrated product teams that defined the program requirements, establish schedules, partnerships, and defined the appropriate business case to ensure success with US Government and international customer counterparts.

Jack joined Lockheed in 1986 in the Public Relations department and later was asked to join the international sales organization where he became the senior sales manager of S.E. Asia and the surrounding region. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA degree in journalism and business administration. Jack is also a 2012 graduate of the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he earned a Masters in Science of National Resource Strategy.

Jack and his wife Angela live in Atlanta and will be relocating to Texas.

From Our August Meeting

Steve Champness, President of the Atlanta Aero Club presented the "Atlanta Aero Club Speakers Freedom Eagle Award" to Steven Brown, Chief Operating Officer for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).





From Our June Meeting

Our June Meeting featured a Panel Discussion on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, with the speakers each receiving the "Atlanta Aero Club Speakers Freedom Eagle Award" From Left to Right are: Captain John D. Lambert, US Navy, Retired - Nexutech; Will Wheeler, UAS Operator, Phoenix Air Unmanned; Steve Champness, Atlanta Aero Club President; Paul Ferguson, CNN; and Captain Michael K. Wilson, US Navy, Retired - Federal Aviation Administration. Our moderator was Amanda J. Hill, MaesAwyr, LLC.


2015 EPPS Award

The recipient of the 2015 EPPS Award is Phoenix Air Group, in recognition of the company's efforts in transporting Ebola patients from West Africa to treatment facilities in the U.S. The EPPS Award recognizes Outstanding Aviation Achievement.

The Award was presented to Dent Thompson, Senior Vice President and COO of Phoenix Air by Atlanta Aero Club President Steve Champness. The Atlanta Aero Club thanks Mr. Patt Epps, Founder and President of Epps Aviation for making the EPPS Award possible.

Thank you, Mr. Epps, and congratulations to Phoenix Air!


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.

Please take a few moments to browse the site and see what the Aero Club has to offer. If you would like to attend one of our great events, keep an eye out to the right in the Upcoming Events section for information.

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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Individual Memberships are only $55 a year. Business memberships are just $250 per year and include up to 10 named individuals.

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Support the Atlanta Aviation Industry by Renewing Now!

Renew today!

Individual Memberships are only $55 a year. Business memberships are $250 and allow up to 10 named individuals.

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2015 EPPS Award Winner

Congratulations, Phoenix Air Group!

Mr. Pat Epps of Epps Aviation congratulates Mr. Dent Thompson of Phoenix Air Group as the recipients of the 2015 EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement. The Award recognizes Phoenix Air Group's efforts in transporting Ebola patients from West Africa to treatment facilities in the U.S.

Congratulations, Gulfsteam!

Recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy

The National Aeronautic Association has announced that Gulfstream’s G650 business jet is the recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The Collier Selection Committee stated that the award was made "For the development of the Gulfstream G650 Business Jet, which strengthened business aviation through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort, and safety." Congratulations, Gulfstream! (Photo from the National Aeronautic Association.)

October 2014

Randy Davis
VP & General Counsel
Phoenix Air

April 2015

Jim Jensen
President & Founder
Satcom Direct Communications

February 2015

R. Steven Justice
Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace

January 2015

Flight Safety International 


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