Fun in the Smokies

Summer is not summer with out a road trip! Last week, Wendy and Lindsay hit the road to attend the 2012 ABC Southern Construction Expo in the Smokies held at the Wilderness in the Smokies Lodge (hint, this is the one with all of the huge waterslides!) It was a lot of fun to catch up with friends and clients, shoot some golf (with cameras of course), attend the BBQ…and yes, go down a few waterslides. We also caught up with one of our pilots from Memphis who took us on a  helicopter ride in the Long Ranger…quite a treat!

Other highlights include Lindsay going up on a 120ft lift (yikes!) , Wendy driving some sort of construction equipment (hey, if it doesn’t fly what do we know??) and Lindsay checking out something that looks like a camera (again…what do we know??)  Here are a few photos from our excursion. To see more images from the conference click here.

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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

 

 

 

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.