The March meeting treated us not to one but two excellent speakers. Both have a lot of background in the aviation industry.
Richard Johnson has over 45 years of aviation experience including 35 years of airline operations and network development experience at Delta Air Lines before retiring in 2000. Over his aviation career he has served on many airports and industry committees (IATA, ATA, ACI, and AAAE) both within the U.S. and worldwide. Fro the past 5 years he has been the Airport Manager for the City of Fernandina Beach and manages the local general aviation airport. He reminded us of how lucky we are having this municipal airport and that we should and could as a city capitalize on it a bit more.
Nick Feakes was born and raised in Stanmore (near Harrow) about 150 miles fro NW London. Nick joined British Airways as a pilot in 1973 flying DeHaviland Trident. He has given us some valuable insight on the history of flying as well as the operation. We were also intrigued to learn that he even flew Queen Elizabeth and her staff.
He retired in 2005 and moved to Fernandina Beach where he joined the Civil Air Patrol and later became commander of the Fernandina Squadron. He resigned from the Civil Air Patrol in 2010.