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  1. 1. C E L E B R AT I N G 1 0 0 Y E A R SAVIATIONGAZETTE EVENTS • September 14-16 • Rome, North Georgia Air and Car Show 770/672.0808 • October 13 • Warner Robins, Wings and Wheels 478/926.6600 • October 13-14 • Peachtree City, Great Georgia Air Show Falcon Field 770/ • October 14 • Thomasville, TVI Service 229/225.4313 • October 20 • Eastman, Georgia State Air Show A Wing and a Prayer Heart of Georgia Regional Airport 478/374.4723 • October 20 • Athens, Athens Air Show 770/613.3420 ext. 3 • October 20-21 • Augusta, Augusta Aviation Air Show On the 100th anniversary of his first flight, a look back at 706/733.1647 the life of Ben Epps, Sr. and his passionate pursuit of flying By freelance writer Pate McMichael, Lake Oconee, Georgia. The content on this site represents only a portion of Georgia’s aviation history; This article appeared in the March/April 2007 issue of Athens the purpose of this site is to note the Magazine and is reprinted with permission. To learn more abouthistorical significance of the first powered Georgia’s Classic City, go to flight, highlight associated celebratory events and to promote There’s a photograph of a plane billowing down a hill Georgia’s aviation industry and somewhere in Athens—air lifting its wings, wheels touching educational/career opportunities. the ground, a tree in the distance. If only we could hit play and set the scene in motion. Maybe those wings would rise and the picture reveal the exact day and time Benjamin Thomas Epps became the first person If only we could hit play and set the scene in Georgia to fly. Nobody knows exactly when it happened, but we do in motion. Maybe those wings would rise know the year: 1907. At 18 or 19 years old, the young man and the picture reveal the exact day and had built his first plane. A 15-horsepower motorcycle engine powered the machine; it flew with one elongated wing and time Benjamin Thomas Epps became the landed on three bicycle wheels. first person in Georgia to fly. And sometime that year, on the second try, Epps made that awkward contraption ride the wind. If only for a few In March 1949, Lola Trammel told another version of the hundred yards, the young man defied gravity. story in The Atlanta Journal Magazine: “The plane was Decades later, Hugh Rowe provided an eyewitness declared ready to fly one afternoon in 1907, and the next account in the Athens Banner in his column, “Did It Ever morning most of Athens’ sporting bloods and the idly curious Occur to ‘U’: A Little of Everything—Not Much of Anything:” were on hand for the test flight…The onlookers did not learn “Nearly a half century ago, the writer of this column until years later that young Epps had waked up a couple of was present when [Epps] demonstrated to a large group of pals at 2 o’clock in the moonlit morning and had slipped out citizens that flying in the air was not a dream, but a reality. to the field for a preliminary test. The plane flew fine—then. In a machine that he built with his own hands, he succeeded With a crowd assembled, though, something went wrong. in flying a distance that was surprising to those present. The little machine rose about 30 feet above the ground and The airplane was hauled to a field on West Broad Street, on the amazed witnesses were just starting to cheer, when the Brooklyn Branch. It was unloaded on a hill and was pushed plane slipped sideways and crashed.” down grade, for a run-way, and soon the machine arose and sailed off for a considerable distance before landing.” See “Epps” on Page 7 ©2007 AEROSPACE INNOVATION CENTER //
  2. 2. I N N O VAT I O N E F F O R T S E N C O U R A G E D welcome to georgia Welcome to Georgia and thank you for joining us as we celebrate 100 years of aerospace achievements. Let The Centennial of Flight Gazette serve as your personal guide to learning about Georgia aviation’s historic past, discovering our innovative present and AIC to Award Ben T. Epps creating our promising future in the skies and beyond. We know how to fly. With 100 years of flight under our Aerospace Innovation Trophy shoulder harnesses, Georgia is committed to making the next 100 years of flight as exciting as our past. As a pilot, I understand the needs of the aviation industry; and as Governor, I can say Georgia is positioned Since Ben Epps’ historic flight, aviation and aerospace have become a major influence in the for continued growth and development in lives of Georgians and a cornerstone of Georgia’s economy. In the spirit of innovation demonstrated aerospace. by Epps, the Georgia Aerospace Innovation Center (AIC) is pleased to announce the first The Ben T. Georgia has become one of our nation’s Epps Aerospace Innovation Trophy. top ten employers in aerospace, a dynamic The Epps Trophies will be awarded in three categories to recognize the most influential and industry that offers higher wages than outstanding aerospace innovations made by Georgians in the last two years. The Epps Trophies other manufacturing jobs, whether you are a technician or a systems engineer. In are intended to honor fundamental research and development, effective aerospace program Georgia, we offer aerospace careers that are management and aerospace education programs that empower the next generation of Georgians intertwined with national competitiveness to aim higher. and national security. Georgians from all walks of life are flying, fixing, and building The awards will be presented in three categories: the next generation of advanced planes and 1) The Trophy for an Invention recognizes an individual, team or an enterprise’s patented or aerospace systems. patentable work in a first-of-a-kind technology. Eligible inventions may be critical devices, such as As we look ahead to Georgia’s next sensors, sub-systems, such as avionics, or entire systems, such as an aircraft or satellite. generation of aerospace pioneers, it is an honor for us to pay tribute to Ben Epps, Sr., 2) The Trophy for a Process Innovation recognizes successful process improvement through the young man who invented and flew the innovation. Eligible process innovations include, but are not limited to, LEAN process first powered aircraft made in Georgia 100 implementations, Six-Sigma implementations, or enterprise change management activities, led by years ago. His spirit of adventure and an individual, collaborative team, or an enterprise. untiring determination has inspired generations of inventors and innovators 3) The Trophy for Education Innovation recognizes effective programs and strategies that improve throughout our state, and continues to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) achievement in education and training. Eligible serve as an inspiration to each of us. education innovations may be an individual classroom program, an informal education programs such as weekend or summer science camps, or math and science magnet school programs, or We mean business. innovative technical training programs. Who could have envisioned all that has been done since Ben Epps’s first flight 100 Interested? Learn more about the Epps Trophies, eligibility requirements and entry process on years ago? In 2003, I began the Aerospace our Web site at Entries are due no later than midnight Innovation Center to serve the needs of September 3, 2007; the presentation of the Epps Trophies will take place at the Georgia Aviation this strategic industry. From helping small Hall of Fame Centennial of Flight Celebration on October 20, 2007. Georgia manufacturing businesses and entrepreneur-led aerospace technology start ups to working closely with our largest aerospace employers, including Warner Robins Air Force Base, state government is committed to staying on the leading edge of the wing. As you become aware of Georgia’s place in aerospace history, I know you will find opportunity in the present. We are here to help, and the Aerospace Innovation Center is your “one-stop-shop” for getting the support your ideas need to take flight. Of course we don’t know what the next 100 years will bring in the world of aerospace, but we do know one thing: Georgians will be there. Governor Sonny Perdue2 ©2007 AEROSPACE INNOVATION CENTER //
  3. 3. “Epps” continued from page 1Ben EppsA few years before flying, Ben Epps made the decisionthat would transform his life, dropping out of GeorgiaTech at the age of 15 and returning to Athens. Inaddition to helping his parents save money, Bendidn’t much care for spending his days in a classroom,according to a letter home dated Dec. 13, 1904. By all accounts, Epps thrived as both daredeviland engineer—a rare spirit who loved staring down thefear of adventure and the challenge of innovation. Hispassion for aviation emerged amid the Wright Brothers’own quest to conquer the sky. Their ever evolving storyroutinely made headlines in Epps’ day. Soon after returning to Athens, he opened his ownbicycle shop on muddy Washington Street. He also didelectrical contracting. Eventually, Epps started carryinggasoline and marketing his ability to repair cars. Theprofits from the garage fed Ben’s desire to fly. He hadalready started drawing up plans for his first plane —the one he flew in 1907. It took two years for Ben Epps to fly again. Thistime he teamed up with Zump Huff and stoked the localcuriosity early. In March 1909, the paper read, “It isinteresting that right here, within the call of Lexingtonalmost, a pair of aviators are to be found and that it ispossible a successful machine to fly through space maybe the outcome of their endeavors…They have not yetbeen successful in traveling any great distance aboveterra firma but they are at work on the machine and Soon after returning to Athens,hope to have a fine sail before many days.” he opened his own bicycle Trial and error eventually taught Epps a few shop on muddy Washingtonimportant lessons. One in particular stands out. In Street. Eventually, Eppsdeveloping what would become the 1912 monoplane, started carrying gasolineEpps added an alarm clock to time his gasoline and marketing his abilityconsumption; even the South’s first aviator needed a to repair cars. The profitslow-fuel gauge. from the garage fed When he flew the plane in 1912, that alarm clock Ben’s desire to fly.worked like a dream. On the way down, however,something went terribly wrong. Ben kept the nose upas long as he could, but the machine eventually crashedin a field. And once again, he walked away undaunted,unscathed. He even posed for a photograph next to themangled hunk of wood, wire and cloth. In the picture,he’s wearing a nonchalant expression, a sagging tie, and among the peach trees—throwing the propeller and A few hours earlier, Junior had beenlong sleeves—rolled up of course. working the controls.The Epps Family So it was only natural that at age 13 Junior started flying a Waco 9 with his dad in the learning how to fly an airplane. World War I forced Epps to take a hiatus from One Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 1929, father and passenger seat. The boy made fourflying. He didn’t have to serve because he was married son came home after a long day at the flying field.with children by the time the U.S. entered the conflict They sat down at the table with the rest of the family or five perfect landings, so Epps 1917. The war brought Epps more garage work than for supper. Junior’s mother, Omie, noticed that thehe could handle. boy and his father were grinning at each other like a stepped out of the plane. The boy Growing up in the Epps household in the 1920s couple of possums.was not unlike living in the future. Unusual for the day, “What’s so funny?” she asked. took off, circled the field and startedthe house had running water and electric lights, not to A few hours earlier, Junior had been flying amention a garage for all the cars and trucks Epps had Waco 9 with his dad in the passenger seat. The boy heading downwind toward theinvented or rebuilt over the years. made four or five perfect landings, so Epps Sr. stepped Evelyn, the first of nine children, loved flying in her out of the plane. The boy took off, circled the field and runway—where he’s airplanes. She attended the Lucy Cobb Institute started heading downwind toward the runway—whereand stayed on the honor roll. But every so often dad he landed.would let her skip class. They would drive out to the Mother didn’t know that her son had just becomeflying field, hop into one of his airplanes and buzz the youngest person in the world to solo an airplane. “desperately” trying to keep the nose up. But at 500 feetdowntown Athens. That way everyone could see the Dad couldn’t stop smiling. the plane suddenly dove straight into the ground, killingAmerican flag fastened to the fuselage. Then, when they When the news of Junior’s flight broke, the boy Sylvia Raskin on impact. She was 20.had reached Oconee Hill Cemetery, Evelyn and Ben became a national celebrity. He became “The Boy Who Epps broke his hip and suffered severe shock. Butwould throw wreaths into the air. And for a few, solemn Can Fly.” A woman in Baltimore wrote a chapter about when he recovered he did what he had always done. Heseconds, a rain of flowers filled the Athens skyline, him in a book titled Up. She even arranged for Junior went right back to flying.before coming to rest on the graves of the city’s heroes, to visit Washington, D.C. The President of the United In fact, he took off from the flying field in Eastthe men who had given their lives in war. States, Herbert Hoover, wanted to shake his hand. Athens aboard a De Havilland Gypsy biplane three Epps’ first son, Ben Jr., was chipped off the old Then the Athens paper ran an article, “Georgia’s years later, on Oct. 23, 1937. A first-time student pilotblock. Every Sunday his mother dressed him in a white Aviation Family,” that ended up on the wire. A famous sat in the passenger seat. It was late afternoon—one ofsuit and took him out to the flying field where his daddy radio broadcaster, Floyd Gibbons, picked up on the those coveted fall days when the sun seems to set forspent one day a week flying joyrides, giving lessons, and story and devoted a segment to the Epps family on his hours on end.performing stunts. Junior soon made a racket out of national radio show. Epps opened the throttle and took off. The planeselling popcorn and candy to visitors. He could barely All the attention didn’t faze Ben Epps Sr. He just rose fifty feet, stalled, and then slammed back to Earth.carry all the change in his pockets. kept to flying in Athens. The student pilot lived, but Georgia’s pioneer of aviation In the afternoons, the boy hung around the filthy In 1935, he took a young couple for a ride one never regained consciousness because his skull hadgarage on Washington Street—barefooted. The oil Sunday afternoon. The plane was above the University been fractured. He died right there, on his belovedand grease caked on his feet so bad it took a putty of Georgia campus when the control stick jammed. Then flying field. Where he had dared, for so many years, toknife to scrap it off. At home in the country, he played it went into an ugly tailspin. Newspaper accounts from teach others the same skill he had taught himself—onein the fuselage of an old airplane that sat in a field witnesses said the man at the controls seemed forgotten, yet unforgettable day 100 years ago. ©2007 AEROSPACE INNOVATION CENTER // 7
  4. 4. GEORG IA’S AV I AT I O N I N D U S T RYGeorgia’s Aviation IndustryGeorgia companies provide a prosperous aviation industry. All of the labeledparts on the aircraft illustration are manufactured in Georgia. Flight Controls Flight Control Software Avionics Systems Wiring Harnesses Imaging Radar Switches Jet EngineTurbines and PropellersGulfstream Aerospace Corporation the company currently produces 16 different models of aircraft. For more information, visit us online at Founded in 1958, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary *Information from General Dynamics, is considered the world standard in business aviation.In fact, the Savannah-based company is celebrating two anniversaries of its own: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company2007 is the 40th anniversary of their first flight and 2008 will be the 50th anniversary Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, located in Marietta, Georgia, is homeof the corporation. to the C-130J Hercules transport and the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter. The site Since its beginning, Gulfstream has produced more than 1,500 aircraft for is also responsible for the avionics and engine modernization programs for the C-5corporate, government, private and military customers around the world. The Galaxy strategic’s flagship products -- the Gulfstream G150, the Gulfstream G200, the The plant, located in the northern metropolitan Atlanta area, opened during WWGulfstream G350, the Gulfstream G450, the Gulfstream G500, and the Gulfstream II for production of B-29 bombers under the name Bell Aircraft Corporation. UnderG550 -- are the world’s most technologically advanced business jet aircraft. More new management by California’s Lockheed Corporation, the facility reopened in 1951than one-quarter of Fortune 500 companies operate Gulfstream aircraft. to refurbish B-29s to help meet the U.S. Air Force’s immediate need for bombers As Savannah’s largest manufacturer, Gulfstream broke ground in 2006 at its during the Korean War. During the cold war, the facility later built 397Savannah plant on a new 600,000 square foot service and support facility. The B-47 Stratojet swept-wing jet bombers under license during the Cold War.expansion will create up to 1,100 new jobs, a 25 percent increase from the current Over the next 40 years, Lockheed-Georgia produced some of the most ruggedemployment level of 4,300 employees. For more information, visit our Web site at and durable aircraft for the Air Force including transport planes C-130 Hercules, C-141 Starlifter, and C-5 Galaxy. In 1995, Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta, Gulfstream, a proud supporter of Georgia’s role in aerospace, sponsored the one of the largest aerospace engineering and missile technology companies to formproduction of Georgia Flight, The History of Aviation in Georgia 1907 - 2007. Lockheed Martin Corporation. Today named Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company,*Information from the organization has almost 8,000 employees and manufactures the C-130J cargoMaule Air Incorporated plane and the F-22 fighter plane. For more information, visit our Web site at www. Maule Air Inc, based at Spence Air Base in Moultrie, Georgia, is the manufacturer *Information from “Lockheed Martin,” New Georgia Encyclopedia Retrieved April 3, 2007:of the renowned Maule single-engine, 4 place STOL (Short Takeoff or Landing) In 1941 the B.D. Maule Company was founded in Napoleon, Michigan to build Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airporta light aircraft tailwheel which B.D. had designed. The steerable, full-swiveling When Asa Candler of Coca-Cola, decided to build an auto race track south oftailwheel is still being manufactured today by Maule. Atlanta in 1909, he probably never imagined it would become the site for one of the By 1956 B.D. had designed the first of the current line of Maule airplanes. world’s busiest airports. When the raceway didn’t prosper, he abandoned the raceIn 1962, the company changed its name to Maule Aircraft Corporation and began track. Over the next 15 or so years, the race track became an airfield for a variety of airproducing the fast-cruising M-4. With its short takeoff and landing capabilities, shows and pilots.stability, ease of handling, float and ski options, roomy interior, and economical In 1924, two pilots who used the old Candler raceway, Doug Davis and Beelinoperation, the M-4 was a success with pilots everywhere. In 1968, the company moved Blevins, started lobbying William Hartsfield, an Atlanta alderman, to transform theits operations to Moultrie, Georgia. old race track into a new airport for Atlanta. In 1925, when the search for a suitable In the years that followed, the Maule planes gained a reputation as a superb airport site began, Hartsfield suggested the old Candler race track and it was chosenaircraft at a reasonable price. Rugged, simple and reliable, the Maule aircraft has by the city council.been chosen by pilots throughout the world; in fact, whether on wheels, floats or skis, On April 16, 1925 the city of Atlanta signed a 5-year lease on the 287 acre racewaythere is no region in the world where the takeoff or landing of a Maule is impossible. from Asa Candler and renamed it “Candler Field”. The first flight into Candler FieldToday Maule Inc. is still a family-owned and operated business with 80 employees; occurred in the fall of 1926 when the airmail arrived via Florida. In 1929, the city
  5. 5. Actuator Assemblies Flight Control Surfaces Composite Fuselage Structures Sheet Metal Panelsbought the land and renamed the field the Atlanta Municipal Airport. Robins Air Force Base (Warner Robins, Georgia) In June of 1930, Delta Air Service, later known as Delta Air Lines, began Robins plays a vital role supporting U.S. warfighters around the world.passenger service from Birmingham, Ala., in June. In December of that same year, The global war on terrorism requires maximum effort: since the beginning of thatEastern Air Transport, formerly Pitcairn Aviation inaugurated the first continuous war, Robins has deployed more than 8,000 people in support of Air Expeditionarypassenger service from Atlanta to New York. Forces. At the Air Logistics Center, the surge support team has shipped almost During World War II Atlanta was declared an air base location by the U.S. 173,328 required supply parts and has received nearly 40,000 units for repair.government and Candler Field doubled in size. In 1942, Candler Field recorded The center has accelerated 14 Special Operations aircraft as well as 108 C-130,1,700 takeoffs and landings in a single day and was named the nation’s busiest C-5, F-15 and C-17 aircraft.airport, a distinction the current Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Worldwide support of U.S. aircraft is at the core of the Air Logistics Center’sretains today. mission. The center has global management and engineering responsibility for the When Hartsfield died in 1971, Atlanta honored the former mayor (1937-41) report, modification and overhaul of the F-15 Eagle fighter, the C-130 Hercules(1942-61), by renaming the airport -- the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International transport and the C-5 Galaxy transport as well as all Air Force helicopters andAirport. In 2003, Atlanta included Jackson in the airport name after Atlanta’s first Special Operations aircraft. The center is also a hub for logistics, supporting theAfrican American mayor, Maynard Jackson. C-17 Globemaster III and Air Force tactical missiles in addition to computers, In 2005, the airport celebrated 80 years of service. The current name reflects avionics and electronic systems on most Air Force aircraft. Another global aspecttwo former Atlanta Mayors: William B. Hartsfield and Maynard H. Jackson, of Robins is the worldwide management and engineering responsibility for thealong with its international designation. From its humble beginnings to its present U-2 Dragon Lady and E-8 Joint STARS surveillance aircraft (Pictured above).world-class distinction, Georgia’s primary airport continues to be a vital link inthe world’s air transportation system, handling approximately 84 million passengers Quick Factsper year.*Information from • Warner Robins Air Logistics Center is the largest single industrial facility in Georgia • The total economic impact of the base in Georgia is $4.2 billion.Delta Airlines • More than 26,000 people, mostly civilians, work on Robins Air Force Base. Delta Air Lines traces its roots back to 1924, when Huff Daland Dusters was • The base spends more than $330 million per year on prime contracts in Georgia.founded as the world’s first aerial crop dusting organization. In 1928 the companybecame Delta Air Service. On June 17, 1929, Delta inaugurated airline service with • Robins Air Force Base’s 12,000 foot long runway is the longest in Georgiathe first passenger flights over a route stretching from Dallas, Texas, to Jackson,Mississippi, via Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. In 1941, the company moved its Historyheadquarters from Monroe to Atlanta, Georgia. On March 14 1942, the air depot received it first official name: Wellston Air Depot Delta Air Lines entered the jet age on September 1 8, 1959, with the world’s – and it would have that name today, except for that fact that Col. Thomas wantedfirst Douglas DC-8 jet service (Atlanta-New York). Delta was the first airline to board to rename the depot to honor his friend and mentor Brigadier General Augustine100 million passengers in a single year in 1997. In 2007, Delta offered customers Warner Robins, one of the Army Air Corps’ first general staff officers. Consideredservice to more destinations than any other global airline, with flights to 292 the “Father of Modern Air Force Logistics,” Robins eventually became chief ofdestinations in 46 countries. Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline the Materiel Division of the Army Air Corps. However, under Army Air Corpsand is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe. Delta is regulations, depots were named after the nearest towns; therefore, in order toa founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers rename Wellston, he has to convince city leaders to rename the town, and theywith extensive worldwide destinations, flights, and services. Including its SkyTeam gladly did so. In the fall of 1942, the depot became the Warner Robins Army Airpartners, Delta offers flights to 461 worldwide destinations in 96 countries. Depot, today known as Robins Air Force Base.*Information from Marie Force, Archives Manager, Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum. *Information from Warner Robins Air Logistics Center brochure.
  6. 6. CAREERS IN AV I AT I O N Lindstedts Share Love of Aviation A skill, a hobby, a profession and a she flew an ATP, a 64 passenger aircraft common thread: we love to fly.” lifestyle - being a pilot is all of this and out of Chicago O’Hare Airport. Lindy continued his career after more, according to Lindy and Kathy Today, with over 5,500 hours returning home from Bahrain, serving Lindstedt, both pilots for a major cargo of flight time, Kathy still loves her as an F-16 instructor with the USAF carrier. During a recent interview the chosen career path. “There is always Reserve and transitioning into his couple expressed a love for flying, saying the challenge of trying to have the best new career as a pilot with a major they “didn’t think there’s another career flight I can have,” she says. “Each flight cargo carrier. where it always feels you are getting is different, making it impossible to “Honestly,” he says, when asked paid to do something you love.” become complacent.” about his career choice, “I just love Kathy Lindstedt, who has flown a George “Lindy” Lindstedt, flying. I love being in the plane, looking Boeing 727 for the past eleven years, who currently flies an Air Bus out of the window at the ground, the took the civilian route in her aviation A300/310, chose the military route clouds, anything. It is still the great training and career. She earned her for his initial training and career. He thing ‘since sliced bread’.” degree in Aero Technology from Bowling earned an undergraduate degree in Both Kathy and Lindy say the Green State University in Ohio; as a Chemical Engineering from Clemson profession is special because “you part of that degree, she obtained her University with a US Air Force ROTC have to love it to do it well.” They also instrument and commercial ratings. At scholarship. After graduation, he acknowledge the challenges of the that point, Kathy knew she wanted to entered the Air Force where he spent profession, such as the spent time away fully pursue aviation, so she continued the next 23 years flying various aircraft, from home and the pressures associated earning instructor ratings after her including the A10 Thunderbolt and with flying safely. However, the couple degree, becoming a Certified Instrument f-16 Falcon. His flying assignments thinks that the level of understanding Flight Instructor. included an overseas tour of duty they share by both being pilots serves Her first post-degree job was Husband and wife, Lindy and Kathy where he flew combat missions with them well. serving as a flight instructor at the Lindstedt, are both pilots for a major the Bahraini Amiri Air Force in When asked what they would airport in Bowling Green. “Even now,” cargo carrier. Kathy flies a Boeing Desert Storm. tell people considering becoming said Kathy, “some of my favorite 727 and Lindy an Air Bus A300/310. “While I can’t say I loved combat, I career pilots, they said that, in addition memories are from my flight instruction was proud to be able to serve and do my to earning the required college degree, days. I really enjoyed taking someone part during that conflict,” said Lindy. the best advice they could give is to through the learning process of Kathy then worked for a commuter “I loved the camaraderie of the pilots encourage people to “go to their local becoming a private pilot; I especially airline, flying a Donier 228 and a in the air force; the same type of feeling airport and sign up for lessons…if they loved watching them solo for the Brasilia 120, both twin engine turbo exists in my current civilian job. We are love learning to fly, then they will know first time.” props; later, with another commuter, a tight-knit community because of one what they need to do!” Georgia Aviation Campus of Middle Georgia Middle Georgia College (as of 7/07) Technical College Eastman /(478) 374-6980, (866) 374-6980 Warner Robins /478-988-6800 Aircraft Structural Technology Aircraft Structural Technology Aircraft Structural Technology (D) Aircraft Structural Technology (D) Advanced Aircraft Sheet Metal (TC) Advanced Aircraft Sheet Metal (D) Advanced Composites Processes (TC) Aircraft Blueprint Reader (TC) Aircraft Structural Worker (TC) Aviation Maintenance Technology Aviation Maintenance Technology Aviation Maintenance Technology (AD) Aviation Maintenance Technology (D) Aviation Maintenance Technology (D) Aircraft Electrical Installer (TC) Aviation Maintenance Tech (TC) Aviation Maintenance Tech, Airframe (TC) Savannah Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology, Savannah /(912) 443-5700 Powerplant (TC) Aviation Maintenance Tech (TC) Aircraft Structural Technology Aviation Service Center Line Tech (TC) Aircraft Assembly Tech (TC) Aviation Operations TechnologyWhere to Get Your Wings Air Traffic Management (AD) Airport Management (AD) Aviation Office Business Technology (D) South Georgia Technical College Americus, GA /(229) 931-2394 www.southgatech.eduGeorgia Technical Colleges with Aviation Programs Aviation Service Center Tech (TC) Flight Technology Aircraft Structural Technology Aircraft Structural Technology (D) Flight Technology, Airplane (AD)Atlanta Technical College Central GA Technical College Flight Technology, Airplane (D) Aircraft Structural Maintenance (TC)Atlanta/(404) 225-4601 Macon /(478) 757-3400 Aircraft Assembly Tech (TC) Flight Technology, Helicopter (AD) Aviation Maintenance Technology Flight Technology, Helicopter (D) Aviation Maintenance Technology (D)Aviation Maintenance Technology Aircraft Structural Technology Flight Technology Business Aircraft (D) Avionics Maintenance Technology (D)Aviation Maintenance Technology (D) Aircraft Structural Technology (D) Business Aircraft Pilot (TC) Avionics Bench Tech (TC)Avionics Maintenance Technology (D) Advanced Aircraft Sheet Metal Tech (TC) Commercial Pilot Airplane (TC)Avionics Technician (TC) Aircraft Structural Maintenance (TC) Commercial Pilot RotorcraftAviation Maintenance Tech (TC) Aircraft Assembly Tech (TC) Helicopter (TC) West Central Technical College Flight Instructor Airplane (TC) Waco / (770) 537-6000Augusta Technical College Coosa Valley Technical College Flight Instructor Rotor Helicopter (TC) www.westcentraltech.eduAugusta /(706) 771-4000 Rome /(706) 295-6963 Instrument Pilot Rating Airplane (TC) Aircraft Structural Multi-Engine Pilot Airplane (TC) Aircraft Structural Worker (TC)Aviation Maintenance Technology Aviation Maintenance TechnologyAviation Maintenance Technology (D) Aviation Maintenance Technology (AD) *AD: Associate Degree D: Diploma TC: Technical Certificate Aviation Maintenance Technology (D) Avionics Maintenance Technology (D) **Information provided by the Georgia Department of Technical & Adult Education 6 ©2007 AEROSPACE INNOVATION CENTER //
  7. 7. Serious About the Future: Manufacturing, Maritime Logistics, our strategic industries takes the same and Biotechnology. “Some of our partnering and programmatic nurture we centers are acting as incubators or new use to invent a widget.”Georgia’s Centers of Innovation companies, others offer hands-on training to industry,” Betts adds. “The common thread is each Center The Georgia Centers of Innovation, and in particular, the Aerospace Innovation Center see the strategies What began as an economic advantage of the know-how Georgia is doing what the strategic industry converging. “If we can’t give young peopledevelopment pilot program to strengthen Tech and the University of Georgia, needs most, and doing it by combining cool jobs making things that fly and flyingthe bonds between Georgia research for instance, already had working on the capabilities that we’ve always had, but them, some other state will do it anduniversities and the state’s strategic same problem.” failed to bring together around a concrete own the future,” Fuhrman warns. “Theindustries is now a hot-bed of Take the case of business problem.” innovation aspect goes hand-in-hand withinnovation. Warner Robins AFB, whose One new focus of each Innovation education. We are making companies The Aerospace responsibility includes Center is industry-specific workforce basically out of ideas so that people withInnovation Center is just providing clean-burning development. Bill Boone, Director of ideas stay in Georgia and make highlyone of Georgia’s Centers diesel fuel to military ground the Agriculture Innovation Center is valuable things that employ thousandsof Innovation, designed by vehicles all over the world. working with technologically-dependent of people doing precise work that savesthe Georgia Department of “Now there’s a three-way farming operations to ensure that lives,” concludes Fuhrman.Economic Development to partnership between a schools and technical colleges point young “Innovation is hard sometimes topursue organic economic small company, nGimat, people into precision agriculture and define,” Betts reflects. “We talk aboutdevelopment strategies, based the US Air Force, and give them the skills they need to prosper. helping people take their ideas to product.on Georgia’s intellectual capital and Georgia Tech,” adds Nick Fuhrman, “Bill’s experience reflects what is going on We talk about giving research that we’veworld-leading research capabilities, Director of the Aerospace Innovation in each of our key industries: the person already paid for a chance to earn itsversus traditional state incentive Center. “This partnership will create has become the capital asset,” Fuhrman place in the market. We talk about theprograms that rely on recruiting and high-tech manufacturing jobs once points out. “In aerospace, the plane or the technology companies need to stayrelocating businesses from out of successful field testing of a new diesel spacecraft is entirely dependent on people ahead. In the end, we are about makingstate and abroad. fuel desulphurization system concludes, to work. As 50% of the engineering and potential happen. “Each of our centers is unique, and and the Air Force begins buying multiple technical workforce nears retirement in “In this Centennial of Flight year,”each has had unusual success creating units,” Fuhrman explains. the next five years, we are working to Betts concludes, “we’re reminded of howwealth for Georgians from opportunity we “The technology and ability to avert a crisis.” innovation has always been our bestfrankly already had,” explains Don Betts, perform was here,” Betts says, “We “Georgians are hard-working, strategy for growth and prosperity.”Director of the Centers of Innovation just needed to orchestrate the key dedicated, and willing to meet the Learn more about the programProgram. “Our job was to put the pieces elements.” The same scenario is playing challenges,” Betts observes, “But and how the Aerospace Innovation Centertogether,” he adds, “so the little company out at Georgia’s other four Centers of developing these strong characteristics can help your business by visiting uswith the technical challenge could take Innovation: Agriculture, Advanced into actual human assets working in online at BEST BETSfor business Centers of Innovation The Centers of Innovation program works directly with existing businesses and entrepreneurs to foster growth in strategic industries. Access to university level research and development is only one of its signature services. One of the programs areas of focus is the aerospace industry; learn more about the Aerospace Innovation Center and the program’s entrepreneur support system at the following links:, and Georgia Department of Economic Development Georgia’s lead governmental organization for promoting, marketing and supporting economic growth offers outstanding services for aerospace and aviation businesses. For complete resource information, visit them online at University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) For business consultation and educational opportunities that address human resources, management, technology, business plan and strategy development, capital formation and infrastructure needs, visit the Web site at Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), headquartered at Georgia Tech, is a nationally recognized science and technology incubator that helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. Learn more about the cener at Teen Web Guide The Teen Web Guide site to introduces teenagers to the concept of small business ownership. The site features the fundamentals of starting a small business. Learn more at Georgia’s Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) Maintaining an adept workforce is imperative for keeping your business successful in today’s ever-changing competitive environments. Learn more about how our programs can help at Quick Start Administered by the DTAE, the Quick Start program provides flexible, customized training through a network of technical colleges, multiple satellite campuses and four associated universities. Learn more about the Quick Start program at *For a complete listing, visit*Just for Kids word scramble obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration Web site ©2007 AEROSPACE INNOVATION CENTER // 3
  8. 8. Rising Fawn/ Lookout Mountain Helen Drive Georgia’s Aviation History Learn more about aviation in Georgia! Rome For more information visit the Georgia Airport Association Web site at, or the Georgia Woodstock Department of Transportation Web site at Atlanta Macon Warner Robins Columbus Eastman Savannah Americus Albany Moultrie Thomasville ValdostaSites worth a visit!Albany Dobbins Air Reserve Base Hinesville ThomasvilleChallenger Astronauts Monument US Hwy 41, Marietta Fort Stewart Museum Power of the Past MuseumHazan Shrine Temple 678/655.5055 Fort Stewart, Building T-904 Regional Airport1822 Palmyra Road Fernbank Science Center 2022 Frank Cochran Drive, Savannah GA Hwy 122229/432.1011 156 Park Dr., NE, Atlanta 912/767.7885 229/226.3010Thrush Aircraft Corporation 678/874.7102 Moultrie Valdosta300 Old Pretoria Road Columbus Maule Air, Inc. Moody Air Force Base229/883.1440 Coca Cola Space Science Center 2099 S GA Hwy 133 229/257.2474 229/985.2045Americus Columbus State University 701 Front Avenue Warner RobinsLindbergh Exhibit, So. GA Tech College 706/649.1470 Rising Fawn/Lookout Mnt. Georgia Aviation Hall of FameGriffin Bell Aerospace Center Lookout Mountain Flight Park GA Hwy 247 S&Russell PkwyGA Hwy 49 Eastman 7201 Scenic Highway 478/328.0704National POW Museum Aircraft Manufacturing and 800/688.5637 or 706/398.3541 Museum of Aviation, Robins AF BaseAndersonville Nat. Cemetery Historic Site Development (AMD) Rome GA Hwy 247 & Russell PkwyGA Hwy 49 Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Richard B. Russell Airport 478/926.6870229/924.0343 415 Airport Road 304 Russell Airport RoadAtlanta Area 478/374.2759 706/295.7835 Woodstock Air Acres MuseumDelta Air Transport Museum Helen Savannah 376 Air Acres Way1060 Delta Boulevard Head Balloons Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum 770/517.6090404/773.1219 706/865.3874