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Next Meeting Wednesday, August 26, 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.

Our June meeting featured an engaging Panel Discussion on Unmanned Aircraft. Our Panel Members and Monitor included regulatory and industry UAS experts involved in this innovative, valuable, and far-reaching technology:

Captain Michael K. Wilson, US Navy (Retired) serves as the Unmanned Aircraft System Program Manager for FAA's Southern Region. He has more than 43 years and 30,000 flight hours of 14 CFR Part 121, 125, 135 air carrier, general aviation, military, and federal agency experience and is an accomplished national and international aviation industry and training expert. Mike is a recognized builder, manager, and leader of programs, teams, and budgets, with extensive policy-making experience.

Captain John D. Lambert, US Navy (Retired) serves as an Associate at Nexutech, specializing in Maritime and Air Unmanned Systems. With the Association Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), John has provided committee and board leadership, expert technical guidance, and public outreach.

Paul Ferguson, CNN has reported from more than 30 countries before his current role implementing new technology into Newsgathering, where his responsibilities have grown from Assignment Desk Editor to supervising the Desk to daily oversight of the infrastructure of CNN's 34 bureaus outside the United States during his nearly 20 years with CNN. He has been instrumental in CNN's research efforts with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the FAA to understand how craft licensed for media use can integrate into the NAS.

Will Wheeler is a UAS operator for Phoenix Air Unmanned, a division of Phoenix Air Group, based in Cartersville, Georgia. Will has worked in film and television for eight years, spending the last three as a remote-control aerial cinematographer. H e has a business degree from Georgia State University and as required by Phoenix Air's Section 333 Exemption recently issued by the FAA, Will holds a private pilot certificate.

Moderator, Amanda J. Hill, with MaesAwyr, LLC, has worked with, for, and at many levels within the airport development industry, and provides airport planning, development, and funding expertise to communities, aviation businesses, and consultants. She's a private pilot with an instrument rating, Atlanta Aero Club member, and is continually fascinated by the uses and utility of UASs.


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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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.)

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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