Steve Champness, now in his 25th year as National Accounts Director for general aviation buy/sell publication Trade-A-Plane, has received the 2016 Chairman’s Award from The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
The award was presented recently at the Hall of Fame’s 2016 Enshrinement Ceremony in the Delta Flight Museum at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The honor was given to Champness in recognition of his lifetime of aviation contributions.
“I want to thank the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Chairman and Board of Directors for selecting me to join the other, previous honorees that have had so much positive influence on the Georgia aviation community,” said Champness. “I’m honored and humbled to be included with this great group of Georgia aviation legends, and I am equally honored to work with the great professionals at Trade-A-Plane.”
Champness got his start in aviation as an assistant flight engineer in the U.S. Navy, logging more than 2,000 flight hours in P-3 Orion Navy Patrol aircraft. He is a licensed, private pilot with more than 500 hours flight time. The president of the Atlanta Aero Club for 16 years, he is also past president of the Peachtree DeKalb Airport Association and serves on the boards of several aviation organizations.
Founded in 1989, The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame exhibit is located at the Museum of Aviation at Robin’s Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.