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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 May Meeting--Airline & Aviation Industry Expert Kit Darby, President, Kit Darby Aviation Consulting

Our speaker was Kit Darby, an aviation career consultant and was president of Aviation Information Resources, Inc. (AIR, Inc.) in Atlanta, Georgia through February of 2009. AIR, Inc. provided a wide array of aviation related services including out-placement pilot services and career seminars, pilot and technician career counseling, aviation marketing and product development, employability studies and career earnings models. He has authored numerous books and has served as the Publisher and Executive Editor The Airline Pilot Job Monthly Newsletter, The Flight Attendant Job Monthly Newsletter, The Maintenance Technician Job Monthly Newsletter and Airline Pilot Careers Magazine.

His technology launch endeavors include: An online application system (AIRApps) for airlines and pilots featuring automated application scoring. The pilot career information web site contained a 5,000 page on-line archive peaking at 15,000 visits and 130,000 hits per day.

Worldwide, Mr. Darby is recognized as an expert in US pilot hiring, pilot selection, pilot supply and demand forecasting, and interview preparation including: testing, simulator evaluations, medical exams and personnel interviews. He is regularly quoted in the national media - newspapers, magazines, and on television, including The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, New York Times, Flying Magazine, AOPA Pilot, Airline Pilot Magazine, Time Magazine, Business Week, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and many more.

He has provided labor contract negotiation support to FedEx (company and union), UPS, Airborne Express, Continental, Netjets, Teamsters, and ALPA. Furthermore he has adapted AIR, Inc.’s annual Pilot Salary survey to compare the pay, benefits, work rules, and retirement among the Major, National, Regional airlines and corporate fractional operators.

Additionally, Mr. Darby and AIR, Inc. has provided consulting services to a wide range of airlines, training organizations, aviation consulting firms, airline unions, and aircraft and simulator manufactures. Past projects include: worldwide pilot supply and demand studies for Japan Airlines, AeroStrategy for Oxford Aviation Training, CAE, and the Rand Corporation for the Air Force: pilot wage, benefit, retirement, and work rule analysis for Boeing, ALPA, APA, Teamsters, Netjets, UPS, FedEx, Airborne Express and the General Accounting Office; Simulator supply, demand and rental rate studies for Raymond James, FlightSaftey, and Bombardier.

From 1983 through 1989, Mr. Darby was the Executive Vice President and 1/3 owner of Future Aviation Professionals of America (FAPA), the largest US aviation career information service at the time. Responsible for product development, sales, and marketing, Mr. Darby conceived the Airline Pilot/Maintenance Technician/Flight Attendant Career Day seminars, the annual Pilot Salary Survey and the Ultimate Career Pilot Starter Kit. While with FAPA, he also co-authored the self-prep Resume Kit, Simulator Flying Guide, Beginners Guide to Becoming a Career Pilot and World Wide Pilot Supply Report. Under Mr. Darby's direction, FAPA’s sales grew from approximately $300,000 in 1983 to over $3.6 million in 1989. Personnel increased from three to forty- two full and part-time staff.

He is employed by Delta Global Services (A division of Delta Air Lines) as a ATP – Certification Training Program instructor and previously as a B-717 flight and ground instructor pilot at the Boeing/Delta Flight Training campus in Atlanta, GA from 2013 to 2014. He is also the lead ATP – CTP instructor for Airline Transport Professional Flight School in Atlanta, GA. He was a B-717 and B-737 flight and ground instructor pilot at Boeing Flight Training Center from 2007 until 2014. He is also the president of Aviation Consulting, LLC in Peachtree City, GA. provides pilot career consulting to individual pilots, flight schools, government agencies, investment firms, and both domestic and international airlines. The company also provides litigation support for pilots that are delay, injured, or have been involved in a fatal accident to determine potential career values and earnings capacity.

His pilot qualifications include: 24,513 hours total time, 16,221 hours jet time, ATP with B- 717/727/737/757/767 and DC-8/9 type ratings, flight instrument and engineer instructor, commercial instrument helicopter pilot, CFI/II/MEI 15 years, plus military instructor and instrument examiner ratings in 2 helicopters and 5 fixed-wing multiengine aircraft over 23 years.

From Our March Meeting--Christopher R. L. Blake, Ph.D., President, Middle Georgia State University

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.

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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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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