11 Years Flying High!

Next Friday, June 6 is an important date here at Aerial Innovations of TN & KY. That was the day we set up shop in Nashville, TN in 2003. Can’t believe it’s been 11 years already!! And we pale in comparison to the longevity of our sister companies in Florida and Georgia (from whom we learned EVERYTHING!!).  All of us celebrate our “birthdays” in the spring,  Tampa turned 27 on May 9th. Click the link below to view images from their celebration:

Aerial Innovations of FL, Tampa Turns 27!

In Georgia, Sheri and the gang celebrated 23 years with a few blasts from the past, check out this opening day photo from the GA Dome:

Aerial Innovations of GA Turns 23!

So, we are just babies here in TN & KY, but we still know how to have fun. We have gathered some of our favorite “AI in Action” shots to share. View the link below to see what a day in the life of the best job in the world is like:

Aerial Innovations of TN & KY Turns 11!

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First Ever AI Summit

This past weekend, the founders and owners of the three Aerial Innovations companies (Florida, Georgia & Tennessee/Kentucky) converged in Tampa for the first ever Aerial Innovations Summit. It was so much fun to have all these energetic and talented women in one room…and despite swapping flight stories and fussin’ about hard times, we actually managed to get some work done! There are a lot of exciting things in the works for all three companies…stay tuned as we reach for the sky!

Oh, and it just happened to be Salvador Dali’s birthday so Wendy headed off for a little art before the Summit. Love us some Dali!

Pictured in group photo: L to R: Founder Colette Eddy (FL), Jenny Smith (FL), Julie Palermo-Valdes (FL), President Sheri Christianson (GA), President Wendy Whittemore (TN/KY)

Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Chruch

Aerial Innovations of Georgia, Inc. would like to thank Benjamin C. Ridgeway for including our aerial photographs in his book documenting the history of  Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ebenezer (Stone of Help) was founded in 1886 in the old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. Michael Luther King moved to Atlanta from Stockbridge, Georgia in 1918, began his three-year minister’s degree program at the Morehouse School of Religion in 1926. He married Alberta Williams that same year at Ebenezer Church. After being assistant pastor from 1927 to 1930 he assumed the duties of pastor in 1931. Reverend King, Sr. changed his name from Michael Luther King to Martin Luther King Sr. after his fathers death in 1933.  In 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. became the first co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Atlanta architectural firm of Stanley, Love-Stanley was chosen to design the Horizon Sanctuary. It is modeled after an African tribal meeting hut. The roof ribbing is reminiscent of African thatch. The bell tower is a weave and glyph patterned obelisk. Placement of the Horizon Sanctuary on Auburn Avenue emphases Ebenezer’s strong commitment to its urban mission as a becon of hope for all citizens of Metro Atlanta.

Copies of the ‘Images of Americia, Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church’ can be obtained from Arcadia Publishing and is in the Library of Congress (control # 2009923608)

A Little Sad Note

Sheri and Izod 2007

Sheri and Izod 2007

This is Sheri and Izod last Christmas. Izod has been Sheri’s co-pilot for 17 years. Although he didn’t actually fly, when the office was in her home, he and his sidekick Alex were there. (We lost Alex a couple years ago).
At Hardee Avenue Izod would come visit often. Recently because of his failing health he would be here almost daily. Sheri and Ken had to let him go on Saturday, Nov. 22. He will be deeply missed around the office and in our hearts.

Aerial Innovations of Georgia Covered!

apm_ganovdec08_cover2Aerial Innovations of Georgia is excited to have the cover shot of Auto Pilot magazine for the Georgia November/December issue. The photograph features our pilot Ron Carroll and Sonny Perdue, the Governer of Georgia.

We also have additional photos accompanying the feature story about Ron and his company, Blue Ridge Helicopters. There is a double spread photo of Ron and Sadie, his Blue Heeler Australian Caddle dog……..We believe she stole the show!! Check it out if you get a chance.

Ron and Sadie

Ron and Sadie




What do you do if you are the grand-daughter of an aerial photographer…….

……Jump of course!!

My name is Pat and I am a member of the Aerial Innovations of Georgia Team. Sunday, July 20 was my grand-daughter, Lauren’s, 20th. birthday. Cake?  Ice Cream? Candles? Everyone singing Happy Birthday? No, not what my grandchild wants.

Understand that this child (she hates when I call her that) has never been in a small plane before. So we are off the the airport in Cedertown, Georgia. But flying in a plane is not enouth. A student at Mercer University, she saved her tip money from a part time job so she can JUMP out of a plane. As she is harnessed up to go tandem with Ted, her instructor from Atlanta Skydiving Center, her dad, Ron, is pacing with his hands on his head, her mom, Robin, is quiet with somewhat of a smile on her face. But grandma…. that’s another story! “You go girl!”  

With all of us on the ground, we heard the plane, then noticed little white dots in the air, you can hear the drag chutes flutter in the air, then larger colorful dots. When they came into view there they were floating and twirling at the end of this huge parachute. We watched as others came in, first the camera guys, then the other divers- some tamdem, some solo. Some landed with their backsides scooting along the ground (explains the torn back pockets on their clothes), a couple on their stomachs, that looked like it hurt. Lauren and Ted were on their way in…. made a wide circle to pick up speed. The flapping and woosh sounds like Batman. They land standing, perfect landing. Ok, she is hooked, the look on her face when they landed was pure joy. Much better than blowing out candles. She kept saying “That was awsome”, Ted tells her she was “awsome”

She is ready to take the 6 hour course and jump solo. Ted thought it would be cool if three generations jumped. I am ready, lets go!! Robin is not to sure, maybe another day.

Lauren has a list of things she wants to do, and I am very proud of her for going for those things. We all have things on our list and just never get around to them. Now if I can just get a camera in HER hand…

Governor Aloft

I had a surprise co-pilot on our last regular progress flight——The Governor of Georgia, Mr. Sonny Perdue!!

My pilot, Ron Carroll of Blue Ridge Helicopters, had not informed me who was going to ride along with us on this particular day. As we approached a landing site I realized it was a suspiciously familiar helipad in downtown Atlanta. I asked Ron, “Isn’t this the Governors helipad? Ron said, “Yep”, holding in a Cheshire grin…..as I reached for my lipstick!

Out came security and Mr. Sonny Perdue! Sonny flew with us for 4 hours over Hartsfield Airport and all around Atlanta. The Governor is a pretty good darn pilot. He did tell me, “If there is anything wrong with the photos because of my flying, blame it on me”, to which I said “You got it!”, (my customers did enjoy the story and cut me some slack on a few of the views). Come to find out he is a highly rated fixed wing pilot, with a commercial mutli-engine instrument rating and is working on his private helicopter license with Ron.

As for me, I might have to start dressing a little nicer when we go flying!

Posted by Sheri Christianson – Owner, Aerial Innovations of GA, Inc.

Sonny Perdue on his solo flight

Sonny Perdue on his solo flight

Pilot Ron Carroll with student Sonny Perdue.

Pilot Ron Carroll with student Sonny Perdue.