Next Meeting Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Capital City Club downtown

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Next Speaker Richard Hanson, President Academy of Model Aeronautics

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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.

Meet Our February 1, 2018 Speaker--Richard Hanson, President, Academy of Model Aeronautics

Our February 1, 2018 speaker is Rich Hanson, who currently serves as the President and CEO of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) headquartered in Muncie, IN. He previously served as AMA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Director from May 2008, until taking office as president in January 2017, and prior to that served on the AMA Executive Council for 15 years as a member of the Academy’s board of directors.

Rich is an aviation professional with a 50-yr career in full-scale aviation and over 7,000 hours as a commercial pilot in airplanes and rotorcraft. He is a Vietnam veteran, having served 27 years in the US Army and the Army Guard and Reserve components. During his military career and as a commissioned officer Rich served in numerous military aviation leadership positions and is a graduate of the Army Aviation Safety Officer Course.

Rich also worked 26 years as an air rescue helicopter pilot, a commissioned peace office and a public safety administrator for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Rich managed Arizona’s Governor’s Office for Highway Safety for two years and served one year under special assignment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration assisting in the development of NHTSA/IACPs Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. In his last seven years at the Department of Public Safety Rich served as the Aviation Division Commander over Arizona’s statewide fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Rich is a life-long modeler and has years of experience in all aspects of aeromodeling and unmanned aircraft. He is an AMA Fellow, an inductee to AMA’s Model Aviation Hall of Fame and was recently awarded the Paul Tissandier Diploma by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) for his contributions to model aviation and the aeromodeling community.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is the world's largest aeromodeling organization. Founded in 1936, the AMA has grown to more than 180,000 members with nearly 2,400 chartered clubs located in all 50 states, the US territories and at US military installations around the world. The AMA has the dedicated mission of furthering, supporting, and advocating on behalf of model aviation and represents and supports a diverse community of aeromodeling enthusiasts. AMA’s nationwide community-based programming provides an established safety structure for all forms of model aviation including the recreational, educational and purposeful use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).

From Our November Meeting--Amy Spowart, Executive Director, National Aviation Hall of Fame

Our November 16 speaker was Amy Spowart, who is originally from central Pennsylvania, and made her way around the world before landing in Dayton, Ohio.

In 1999, she started volunteering at the National Aviation Hall of Fame and has literally worked her way to the top.

Dedicated to the NAHF’s mission, Amy passionately shares the lives of our nation's aviation pioneers to future leaders.

In her free time, she and her husband Jonathan are enthusiastic marathon runners.

Amy and her husband also enjoy travelling and hiking with their daughters Julia (14) and Sofia (12).

From Our September Meeting--Glen Hauenstein, President, Delta Air Lines

The speaker at our meeting on September 21 was Glen Hauenstein, the President of Delta Air Lines, a position he assumed May 2, 2016. Glen was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

As President, Glen oversees a team responsible for Delta’s marketing, network, revenue management, reservation sales, customer care, customer engagement and loyalty strategies. Glen also oversees Delta’s community engagement campaign, which inspires and enables thousands of employees to become more involved in the communities where they live and work.

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.

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.

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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Next Aero Club Event

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Richard Hanson, President, Academy of Model Aeronautics. Events are subject to change due to speakers' schedule.

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Air Harbor LZU

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.


2017 EPPS Award Winner

Atlanta Aero Club Honors David Meilander and the Yellow Jacket Flying Club

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 (, 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 ( has primarily operated Cessna aircraft. The Club relocated to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in 2012 and currently operates four Cessna aircraft.


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Our Next Meeting

February 1, 2018

Richard Hanson


Academy of Model Aeronautics

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