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CELEBRATING33 YEARS: 1984 - 2017
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 March speaker was Christopher R. L. Blake, Ph.D., President, Middle Georgia State University. Dr. Christopher R.L. Blake became the first permanent president of what is now Middle Georgia State University on January 1, 2014. During 2014-15, he worked with the campus community to articulate a new vision and values for the institution, and to prepare the college for university status effective July 1, 2015.
Home to the only 4-year public aviation school in the state, 10 NAIA collegiate athletics teams, and the Georgia VECTR Center, Middle Georgia State serves more than 7,600 students with campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins. In 2016, the university received the University System of Georgia Institution of the Year award for Service Excellence and bestowed its first graduate degrees.
President Blake came to Middle Georgia State from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was president and professor of education for seven years. As president, he developed a strategic plan that obtained university status designation, launched graduate programs, expanded off-site campuses and instituted a historic capital campaign.
His earlier professional experience includes serving as provost and professor of education at Mount St. Mary’s University, Maryland, where he developed new academic programs and oversaw strategic planning.
President Blake’s other career highlights include serving as associate dean of the College of Graduate Education and Research and associate professor of secondary education at Towson University, Maryland; senior lecturer in education at Brunel University, London; senior lecturer in education at West London Institute, London; and teacher of religious studies and social studies at Henry Box School, Oxford.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from the University of Oxford, Keble College, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Westminster College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. degree in Education from the University of London, King’s College.
President Blake has a long record of professional and community service. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education. Since arriving in Middle Georgia, he has joined several civic groups, volunteers for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Tubman Museum, and the Macon Pops Orchestra, and serves on the advisory board for the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission
Among his hobbies are reading history and historical fiction, following global news and professional soccer, exercising daily, watching movies and traveling. He plays bass guitar in the Muddle Jawja Band, comprised of several Middle Georgia State faculty and administrators, which was featured in the Macon Music Volume 2 CD.
Originally from Wimbledon, England, President Blake’s family includes two adult sons living in Colorado and New England, and a father and siblings living in England. He lives in Macon, with his wife, Dr. Melody Blake.
EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement Was Presented at Our March Meeting!
Mr. Pat Epps of Epps Aviation presented the 2017 EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement at the March Meeting. The Epps Award 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.
Previous recipients of the Epps Award include:
2010 Debi Hauffman – Aviation Educator
2011 Gulfstream Aerospace
2013 Delta Air Lines
2014 Bernadette Darnell – Angel Flight, Where Hope Soars
2015 Derrick Dennis – Airline Transport Professionals
2016 Phoenix Air, Cartersville, GA
2017 Julius Alexander – Aces Program
2018 David Meilander – Yellow Jacket Flying Club
Thank you, Mr. Epps, for making this honor possible!
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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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The Atlanta Aero Club, a Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association will present David Meilander and the Yellow Jacket Flying Club with the 2017 Annual Epps Award for outstanding achievement and contributions to the Aviation Community in Georgia and the Southeast region. Pat Epps will present the award at the Atlanta Aero Club’s luncheon, March 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Epps Award is given to an individual, Company, or Government agency, determined to have made significant contributions to the aviation community. For more than 70 years, the Yellow Jacket Flying Club, a student organization at Georgia Tech, has promoted aviation in an intelligent manner with great professionalism that reflects upon the Georgia Tech community. David Meilander has supported the Yellow Jacket Flying Club for more than 40 years as a flight instructor, Chief Flight Instructor (25+ years), board member, and currently responsible for maintenance management of the Club’s four Cessna 172 aircraft.
The Georgia Tech Flying Club, a student organization at the Georgia Institute of Technology (www.gatech.edu), was established in 1945 at a meeting attended by about forty men. Initial flight operations were established with arrangements to rent Southern Airways airplanes at Chandler Field, now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 1948 the Club received a war surplus PT-17 Stearman biplane and moved operations to Parkaire field (now Parkaire Mall), north of Atlanta. A year later the Stearman was sold and an Aeronca Champ was purchased. In 1952 operations were moved to Fulton County airport. Since that time the Club, now the Yellow Jacket Flying Club (www.yjfc.org) has primarily operated Cessna aircraft. The Club relocated to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in 2012 and currently operates four Cessna aircraft.
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