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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.

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.

Since joining Delta in August 2005, Glen has masterminded the transformation of the airline’s network from a primarily domestic operation to a nearly even mix of international and domestic service. He led a team in building a network that includes Delta flights to six continents and extended reach through a leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia and a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways. During this time, Delta substantially improved its revenue performance compared to its competitors and redesigned scheduling practices to build a consistently profitable network.

Under Glen’s leadership, Delta added more than 70 destinations to its worldwide network, including the first nonstop service to Africa by a U.S. carrier in nearly 20 years; substantially increased reach in Asia; invested in equity stakes in GOL and Aeroméxico to significantly enhance Delta’s presence in the fast-growing Latin region; and established a leading presence in New York at both LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. He also oversaw Delta’s historic expansion at LaGuardia, which added 100 flights and 30 new destinations at New York’s premiere airport for business travelers, and the establishment of the trans-Atlantic joint venture with Virgin Atlantic that significantly increased Delta’s footprint on highly important business routes between the U.S. and the U.K.

Additionally, he has directed significant enhancements to Delta’s product both on the ground and in the air through the implementation of a new design standard for Delta Sky Clubs, the introduction of Sky Decks in Atlanta and New York-JFK, the launch of Economy Comfort seats and Wi-Fi service across all two-class aircraft, and the installation of full flat-bed seats across its widebody fleet. Under his leadership, Delta has also implemented significant enhancements to its technology and eCommerce capabilities, including the introduction of the popular Fly Delta app.

Before joining Delta, Glen served as Vice General Director for Alitalia, serving in the dual role of Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. In his role as Chief Commercial Officer, Glen led a major restructuring of Alitalia's route network, which improved schedule connectivity by more than 50 percent. Under Glen's leadership, Alitalia's revenues grew nearly 20 percent while the aircraft fleet was reduced by more than 10 percent.

From Our July Meeting

Our July speaker was Mark Burns, who was named president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in July 2015 after spending more than seven years as the leader of the company’s Product Support organization. He also serves as a vice president of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, a role he’s held since February 2014.

Burns has spent more than 32 years with Gulfstream, joining the organization in 1983 as a computer-aided design (CAD) operator. He then became involved in engineering for the GIV flight test program.

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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Renew today!

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

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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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