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Epps History 1965

Epps Aviation starts with 19 employees and one hangar. Epps expands aircraft maintenance and leases Hangar 2 in November

1965
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Epps History 1968

Epps buys out competitor, Chamblee Aviation & establishes Flight School.

1968
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Epps History 1969

Epps leases land from DeKalb County and builds 22 T-hangars.

1969
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Epps History 1971

Charter Department opens at Epps Aviation.

1971
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Epps History 1979

Built new terminal & Hangar 4 & 10 T-hangars. NBAA holds annual convention at PDK. Epps Aviation is host FBO.

1979
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Epps History 1981

Epps Aviation begins flight training for the handicapped.

1981
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Epps History 1982

Epps builds Hangar 5.

1982
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Epps History 1983

Epps builds Hangar 7, 8 and eight additional T-hangars.

1983
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Epps History 1989

Epps builds new road, Aviation Way.

1989
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Epps History 1990

Epps builds Hangar 3 and new turbine maintenance hangar. Upon its completion in 1991, hangar is named in honor of Maintenance Manager Reese Munch.

1990
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Epps History 1992

Epps Aviation Avionics department installs its first GPS.

Pat Epps co-leads the Greenland Expedition Society's retrieval of icebound Lockheed P-38 Lightning (1st expedition to recover P-38 in 1981, success on 7th expedition).

1992
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Epps History 1993

National Business Aircraft Association's 46th Annual Convention held at PDK

Epps Aviation pilot Dennis Magdon honored by FAA for Bravery in the Air at 10th Annual Awards Ceremony

First Young Eagle Rally at Epps Aviation. EAA established this program to let children experience the joy of flight.

1993
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Epps History 1994

Pat Epps participates flying Don Brooks' C-47 with 26 WWII paratroopers in the 50th anniversary of D-Day Invasion Remembered, France.

1994
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Epps History 1995

Epps Aviation participates in Special Olympics Airlift.

1995
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Epps History 1996

Epps Aviation becomes the Authorized Sales & Service Center for Pilatus.

Atlanta hosts 1996 Summer Olympics.

1996
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Epps History 1999

Epps builds Hangar 6.

Epps Aviation Charter continues government contract hauling freight.

1999
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Epps History 2000

Pat Epps performs in his aerobatic Bonanza, N8176R, at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

2000
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Epps History 2002

Epps Aviation becomes an Authorized Factory Service Center for Cirrus.

Formal Non Destructive Inspection program is established. Aircraft teardown work on P-3. S-3, C-130 and F-22.

Glacier Girl, P-38 returns to flight on October 22

2002
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Epps History 2005

Epps Aviation celebrates its 40th Anniversary at PDK on May 26.

Pat Epps performs 2nd time at EAA's Air Venture

2005
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Epps History 2007

Sept 25, Pat Epps receives the John P "Jack" Doswell award during the NBAA Convention in Atlanta. NBAA Chairman, Ken Emerick (left) and NBAA President, Ed Bolen (right) recognizing Epps for his lifelong dedication to general aviation and volunteer work.

2007
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Epps History 2008

Pilatus introduces the PC-12NG and Epps continues to market the world's great single engine to the southeast U.S. and Caribbean.

2008
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Epps History 2010

Epps Aviation's charter department circumnavigates the globe with managed customer aircraft.

2010
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Epps History 2011

Pat Epps receives Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award at 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation event in Beverly Hills, CA.

Pat Epps is inducted into Georgia's Aviation Hall of Fame in Warner Robins, GA.

2011
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Epps History 2012

Epps has first Spring YAA event on April 28, 2012

2012
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Epps History 2013

Epps Aviation mourns the loss of its biggest supporter, Ann Hailey Epps.

2013
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Epps History 2015

Epps Aviation celebrates 50th Anniversary

2015