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.

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STEVE CHAMPNESS, Trade a Plane

Steve has been flying since taking lessons in a Cessna 150 at age thirteen. Later he flew in the US Navy as a Naval Aircrewman and gained over 2000 flight hours in P-3 Orion Aircraft tracking Russian Submarines and ships. After attending DeKalb College in Atlanta and Studying Aviation management he has worked for "the Robb Report Magazine," then for "Career Pilot Magazine" and now he has been working for Trade-A-Plane for the last 25 years and is Executive Vice President & Associate Publisher. He maintains offices at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport just 11 miles north of downtown Atlanta. With a pilot's license and a great knowledge of everything with wings Steve enjoys meeting the leaders in Aviation from all parts of the world and leading the Atlanta Aero Club to National Prominence. Steve is engaged to Nancy Petroline, enjoys tennis and swimming at the beach and resides in Alpharetta, GA.


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ELAINE WEATHERBY, Aviation Interior Group

Elaine's aviation career now spans three decades. Private pilot training in 1986 launched her into Commercial Airline Sales, working as a Manufacturer's Rep firm in Southern California. In 1992, Elaine formed her own Rep firm which pivoted her attention to Corporate Aviation working from her home in Dana Point, CA. Accepting a position with Midcoast Aviation in 1998 relocated the Weatherby family to Atlanta,GA. Elaine is now working for Aviation Interiors Group. Living in Milton, GA Elaine hopes to find the time to get back in the cockpit someday in the near future.


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JOHN ENTICKNAP, Aviation Business Strategies Group

John is seasoned veteran of the aviation services industry with more than 35 years of experience managing and directing, FBO's, airline ground handling and aircraft fueling company initiatives. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, marketing development & strategies, aviation consulting, aircraft maintenance, aircraft flight operations, sales and marketing. He is the former President & CEO of Mercury Air Centers, Inc. He recently formed Aviation Business Strategies Group LLC with one goal in mind: to help aviation service companies, FBO's in particular, become more profitable. In addition he is Vice President Business Development for Mercury Air Group, Inc. Los Angeles CA. One of his most recent projects is the opening of a new FBO in Kuwait; owned by Royal Aviation Kuwait, operated by Mercury Air Group Inc. John is also an active ATP and CFII rated aviator.


AMY HUDNALL, Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace

Amy Kohler Hudnall is the Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace and is responsible for a wide-ranging program to accelerate Georgia aerospace companies’ growth by helping them commercialize new products, services and business models, connecting them with university research and industry expertise as well as other Georgia resources for the aerospace industry.


Kit BoD PhotoKIT DARBY, KitDarby.com Aviation Consulting

Kit has a wealth of aviation experience, gained as an airline pilot, entrepreneur and consultant. While serving as an airline pilot with United, he founded his own consulting firm, providing specialized services including airline pilot career counseling, pilot career earnings, interview preparation, contract negotiations, and pilot salaries and benefits. Through Future Aviation Professionals Association and AIR, Inc, he has helped hundreds of thousands of pilot members. Through KitDarby.com, he provides industry forecasting, feasibility studies, expert witness testimony, earnings models and consulting.


Kit BoD PhotoAMANDA J. HILL, Principal, MaesAwyr, LLC

Amanda thrives on delivering innovative, thoughtful, financially-feasible planning concepts for airport development programs. She’s worked successfully and exclusively within the airport development industry for more than 12 years, and established MaesAwyr, which is Welsh for airport, in 2015 to provide comprehensive aviation planning expertise to communities, businesses, and consultants for a variety of development projects. Recent experience includes FBO facility planning, corporate flight department hangar development project management, quality assurance, capital projects programming, and consulting to UAS firms in airspace and airport operations. Amanda is a private pilot with an instrument rating.


Kyle Bod PhotoIN MEMORIAM: KYLE MCMAHAN, The Pilot's Country Club

Kyle was a native Atlantan who earned his pilot license on his 16th birthday. After Georgia Tech he was with Eastern Airlines for eleven years. Kyle then founded Southern Mortgage Reporting in 1989 and grew the company until its sale in 2003. He was the Managing Partner of the Pilot's Country Club and an active Angel Flight pilot, providing medical flights to cancer patients, and a life-long aviation advocate. We miss you, Kyle!


Spotlight

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle visits with Mr. Pat Epps, President of Epps Aviation, at the 4th Annual Georgia Aerospace Legislative Breakfast, where industry representatives met with legislators February 4 at The Georgia Capitol. Also in the photo are Steve Justice and Amy Hudnall of the Center of Innovation for Aerospace. Atlanta Aero Club was represented by board members Will Lovett and Amy Hudnall.

May 2014

Jack Van Ness
Dixie Wing Executive Officer
Commemorative Air Force

In Memoriam

Kyle McMahan

Our friend and Atlanta Aero Club Board Member, Kyle McMahan, recently lost his battle with cancer. Kyle may have "Gone West," but he won't be forgotten by any that knew him or of him. In this photo, Kyle (on left) is with former Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue.

Our Business Members

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• Gulfstream Aerospace

• Epps Aviation

• AIC Title

• Georgia Centers for Innovation, Aerospace

• Concorde Battery

• Westplan

• Airline Transport Professionals (ATP)

• Trade-A-Plane

• FlightSafety International

• O'Gara Aviation

• Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

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