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CELEBRATING35 YEARS: 1984 - 2019
The Aero Club of Metropolitan Atlanta was founded in 1984 by Lockheed Aircraft Company executives and local business people to serve the aviation community.
January 24, 2019 Meeting Cancelled Due To Government Shutdown
Our scheduled January Speaker was Michael O'Harra, FAA Southern Regional Administrator. Unfortunately, due to the government shutdown, Mr. O'Harra will be unable to attend, so we have had to cancel the meeting.
Mr. O'Harra was appointed Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region in January 2018. He is the senior agency official within the eight-state region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the FAA Administrator's primary representative to elected officials, civic groups, aviation industry, educational institutions, and other Federal agencies for the region.
Mr. O'Harra previously served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the FAA Southwest Region from 2008 until 2018, also supporting the DOT planning and response for transportation emergencies. He has experience leading major capacity and policy initiatives for the FAA, and previously held positions in private industry for nearly a decade spanning both aviation and aerospace fields.
Mr. O'Harra graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
From Our December 6, 2018 Meeting: Tom Vice, President & CEO, Aerion Corporation.
Our December Speaker was Tom Vice, President and CEO of Aerion Corporation. Mr. Vice is responsible for all aspects of the leadership of Aerion Corporation, including Aerion Supersonic and Aerion Technologies Corporation of Palo Alto, California, which specializes in advanced aerodynamics software.
Vice joined Aerion from Northrop Grumman, where he served as president of its Aerospace Systems sector overseeing an $11 billion global advanced technology business with 23,000 employees. Aerospace Systems is a pioneer in space-based observatories, satellites, fully-autonomous intelligent systems, combat aircraft, high-powered lasers, and microelectronics.
Previously, Vice was president of Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services sector, a leader in integrated logistics and modernization, defense and government services, and training solutions, with more than 19,500 employees in 300 locations in all 50 states and 29 countries.
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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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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