Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia

Air Transportation

Lunch in Jasper

We all met for lunch to review how the Second Annual High School Aviation Challenge went in May 2023 and plan for the next annual event in April 2024. New to our group this year is Stacy Brown and Tim Vinson.

From lower left clockwise around table, Stacy Brown, pilot and flight Instructor at Starr’s Mill High School, `Liz Porter, pilot and TEFGA Board Member, Patrick Joyce, pilot and TEFGA Board Member, Greg Salloum, pilot and flight instructor at Alliance Academy, Linda Minor, pilot and flight instructor at Maxwell Technical High School, Mike Grier, pilot Delta Air Lines, Scott Dubee, pilot and flight instructor at Cherokee County College and Career Academy, Tim Vinson, Program Specialist at Georgia Department of Education.

We celebrate our retired teacher. - By Patrick Joyce

On Saturday, September 17th, TEFGA had the opportunity to host a luncheon for one of our retired veteran aviation instructors Ronald Hutchison. I met Ron many years ago when he applied for the Aviation Maintenance Instructor position at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia. Ron had just retired from Delta Air Lines after a 50-year career and wanted to give back to the community by instructing our students in the trade he loved. He was hired and did a tremendous job in building the aviation program.

Ron has been an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen for many years and both organizations saw an opportunity to celebrate and thank a wonderful person for all that he has done over the years promoting aviation.

 Ron Hutchison on the left, Wes Riddick, Delta Air Lines on the right.
Ron Hutchison on the left, Wes Riddick, Delta Air Lines on the right.
Some of the luncheon participants
Some of the luncheon participants

More Celebration Pictures

We celebrate our retired teacher Ronald Hutchison

What’s a celebration without a cake!!!
More attendees

April 29th, 2022

On Friday April 29th, flight teams from Georgia’s high school aviation programs competed in the first annual Georgia High School Aviation Challenge at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). Teams of students were evaluated on navigation skills, aviation test questions, aircraft walk around procedures, full motion simulator testing and oral interviews.

Group of high school students in uniform with Elaine Epps standing outside next to an airplane.
Elaine Epps with three teams of aviation students.
High School students sitting in uniform outside at the Downwind Restaurant
Lunch time at the Downwind Restaurant at PDK

Many thanks go out to Liz Porter, TEFGA Board member, for her countless hours in originating this competition and coordinating with our sponsors and judges to make this event so special. Simulator testing was done by Rob Pippin, Skybound Aviation and James Archer, Archer Air. Oral exams were conducted by Mike Mullett, Laser Aviation. Aircraft preflight inspection was conducted by John Sparks, Sparksair.

Epps Aviation, Skybound Aviation and PDK Airport rolled out the red carpet for our students and provided testing aircraft, aircraft simulator testing time, and meeting spaces.

March 25, 2022

On Friday, March 25th, Liz Porter and Patrick Joyce had the opportunity to pick up a home-built Corben Jr. Ace aircraft built by George Marchman. This plane is being donated to the Griffin Regional College and Career Academy for use in their Aviation Maintenance Technology Program.

Left to right Kara Jacobson, daughter of George Marchman, Chance Powers with Atlanta Air Recovery and Guy Woodroof, Aviation Maintenance Instructor at Griffin Regional College and Career Academy.

Atlanta Technical College announced that it is reopening their Aviation Maintenance program in January 2022. For more information click on this link: Aviation Maintenance Technician Info Sessions - Atlanta Technical College

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (2020) ranks Georgia fourth for United States for MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) employment. In total, the state has more than 22,000 MRO employees split between civilian and military operations. There are over 5,000 commercial pilots, 5,000 flight attendants and 1,100 air traffic controllers based in Georgia.