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This Day in Aviation History

President Message

Dear valued member,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy New Year! It's an appropriate time to reach out, introduce myself and inform you of some really exciting changes you can look forward to in the coming months.

My name is Mark Ables, I'm a Fourth-Generation military officer (retired in 2016). My Grandfather, an immigrant from Turkey, served in WWI as an Infantry Officer, my dad was an AF Pilot and educator and now, both of my sons are serving in the US Air Force, one as a pilot the other a Civil Engineering Officer. I am a retired C-130 Pilot and I now fly commercially for American Airlines out of NY on the Airbus family of aircraft. My wife, Nancy-Ann is the Assistant Principal at Amherst High School. I'm excited to take the reigns as the newest president!

When I took over as the 89th President of the Aero Club of Buffalo, one of the first things I did was poll our Board of Directors on their views. One question I asked; what is most important to you? The unanimous answer was (among a few other things); increase membership. To that end, I want to let you know of a few initiatives we are currently working on to enhance your experience and enjoyment and ultimately, increase membership.

Thanks to Jeremy Chapman, we have a FaceBook group page; Aero Club of Buffalo. Please consider following our events and notifications.

We are once again offering three scholarships; the $1500 Fran Bainbridge Flight Training Scholarship, the $1500 Thomas P. Kopera School Tuition Assistance Scholarship and the $2500 NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium/Aero Club of Buffalo Scholarship. For further information go to our facebook page or contact Pamela Crassidis at crass@roadrunner.com.

In cooperation with the AIAA, we are proud to continue providing world-class speakers you'll be talking about weeks after our monthly dinners.

Last: We will be moving to a New Venue! Our search committee has done an exhaustive search to find a new place to meet while keeping our costs down and providing a quality experience. The February dinner will be at Rizotto Italian Eatery and Sweetery. Don't worry, the price won't change but I'm committed to providing a wonderful experience. I felt it's important for you all to know about the change ahead of the February dinner announcement. This was necessitated by the imminent closure of Protocol. The address of Rizotto is: 930 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY.

I would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we navigate these changes. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions (use Facebook if you’re comfortable). Our goal is to make your experience wonderful!

We hope you'll decide to tell a friend.
Mark Ables
89th President, Aero Club of Buffalo