Next Meeting Friday, September 20, 2019 57th Fighter Group Restaurant, PDK

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Todd Simmons, President, Customer Experience Cirrus Aircraft

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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.

Meet Our September 20, 2019, Speaker: Todd Simmons, President, Customer Experience, Cirrus Aircraft.

Join Us to View the Cirrus Jet and SR-22 Aircraft on Static Display at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant at PDK Followed by a BBQ buffet lunch.

Todd Simmons is President of Customer Experience at Cirrus Aircraft. He is responsible for leading all Customer Experience activities at Cirrus Aircraft including sales, marketing, personalization, delivery, service and support, flight training, flight operations and the opening of the Vision Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Todd joined Cirrus in early 2008 as vice president of marketing and during his tenure has led a number of innovative growth initiatives aimed at both the current owner community and penetration into new segments. In spite of challenging overall economic conditions in recent years, in that time the SR22 has continued to be the best-selling airplane in its class and worldwide market share has reached an all-time high

With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business leadership, Todd has held positions in marketing development, international marketing communications, revenue management and sales team leadership at a range of companies from boutique businesses to Fortune 500 firms. His recent aviation experience includes work at Delta Air Lines and at CubCrafters where he led sales and marketing efforts and later presided over the company.

An active pilot, Todd holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

From Our July 11, 2019 Meeting: Michael O'Harra, FAA Regional Administrator

Our July speaker was Michael O'Harra, who was appointed Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region in January 2018. He is the senior agency official within an 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 for elected officials, civic groups, aviation industry, educational institutions, and other Federal agencies in the region.

Mr. O'Harra's 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.

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.

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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Next Aero Club Event

Friday, September 20, 2019

Todd Simmons, President, Customer Experience, Cirrus Aircraft. Please note that we will be meeting at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant at PDK. 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.

CLICK to VIEW the AIR HARBOR VIDEO!

2018 EPPS Award Winner

Congratulations, Daniel J. Christman!

The Atlanta Aero Club, a Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association will present Daniel J. Christman, President of Aero Atlanta Flight Center, with the 2018 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 13, 2019 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.

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• Gulfstream Aerospace

• Epps Aviation

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• Georgia Centers for Innovation, Aerospace

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• Westplan

• Airline Transport Professionals (ATP)

• Trade-A-Plane

• FlightSafety International

• O'Gara Aviation

• Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

Upcoming Meetings & Speakers

Our Next Meeting:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20!

Todd Simmons

President, Customer Experience

Cirrus Aircraft

AT THE 57TH FIGHTER GROUP

RESTAURANT, PDK

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