This Month's Meeting

President's Message

October 2019 General Meeting


Thursday, October 17, 2019


Protocol Restaurant
6766 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

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6:00 PM - Cash Bar
7:00 PM - Dinner - $25.00 per person

Ron Franco is a Lockport native who was inspired to pursue an aerospace career while watching the Apollo moon landings as a young boy. He earned an Aerospace Engineering degree from Syracuse University and soon after was commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate from Air Force Officer Training School. During his military career with the 328th Tactical Airlift Squadron in Niagara Falls, Ron flew in a variety of operations including special forces support in Central America, combat sorties during Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, United Nations support in Bosnia, international cooperation in Egypt, and humanitarian aid in Somalia. He was awarded the USAF Air Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal. Ron was hired by American Airlines in 1999 and he currently serves as a Captain on the Airbus 320 series out of New York City.

In 2016 Ron was selected by NASA to partake in a 30-day deep space simulation at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Human Exploration Research Analog (or HERA) mission included over 25 international experiments and evaluations. Ron will share with us what it was like to fly to and explore an asteroid on his month-long analog.

Mark Ables
89th President, Aero Club of Buffalo


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