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AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

  • 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit - 4/28-30
    * Networking Exhibit Center - Over 250 Army & Industry Exhibitors on the Floor!
    * Over 9000 Attendees Each Year
    * Warriors To the Workforce Hiring Event taking place for transitioning Army Aviation Soldiers
    * Visit the AAAA Community Booth!
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AAAA Recognizes Excellence

The 2016 Summit will recognize...
♦ 15 Outstanding Army Aviation Individuals and Units
♦ 3 New Members of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame will be Inducted
   * CW5 Edmund W. Hubard, III
   * COL Harvey E. Stewart
   * GEN James D. Thurman

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AAAA is Your Voice

At the 2016 Summit…
♦ Join thousands in the General Sessions to hear Leadership messages
♦ Stop by the AAAA Community Booth and let us know how we can make your membership experience even better!
♦ Follow us on Facebook, Twitter #16SUMMIT and LinkedIN

Army Aviation Congressional Caucus; The Military Coalition ; Senior Associates;
Check out ARMYAVIATIONmagazine.com

Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

  • At the 2016 Summit...
    Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert featuring Kellie Pickler - Trace Adkins
    ♦ Soldier Cafe' provides Soldiers and their families with discounted meals and a place for rest, relaxation, and fun!
    ♦ Chapter Sponsored Soldiers will enjoy the Summit experience
    ♦ Spouse Professional Sessions are new this year!
    ♦ 3 cool spouse events are being offered - register now as they are filling up fast!

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1992 Induction

Many have earned the title of being a "pilot's pilot" or a "mechanic's mechanic," but CPT James T. "Butch" Kerr has earned a much higher accolade.

For 50 years, Kerr was the "authority" on flying and maintenance. He continuously advanced his knowledge and capabilities in flying and maintenance, kept ahead of the field, and taught the individuals who carried on as leaders.

As an enlisted man, Kerr joined the Test Group for Artillery Organic Aviation at Fort Sill, Okla., in early 1942 as an aircraft and engine mechanic, and soon became the line chief at the Department of Air Training (DAT). He established maintenance procedures which would be broadly adopted throughout the Army. Such was the quality of his work and the availability rate of his aircraft that, in the words of more than one observer, Kerr was the one indispensable individual in air training at Fort Sill.

Kerr obtained his Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) instrument instructor rating before the Army Ground Forces initiated instrument flying in the pilot program.

In 1950, while the maintenance line chief with the DAT, he spent many hours instructing the staff and faculty in instrument flying.

Kerr obtained a CAA multi-engine instructor rating before the Army procured their first multi-engine airplane, and many senior Army aviators got their check-out on new aircraft from him. He was also the first individual to receive a CAA Helicopter Airline Transport Pilot rating.

In 1951 at the rank of Staff Sgt., Kerr was commissioned and ordered to take flight training, obviously a perfunctory procedure for one who was at that time the instructor's instrument flying instructor.

Assigned later to the Transportation Aircraft Test and Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Ala., he participated extensively in the logistic support testing of all new model aircraft entering the Army inventory.

Retiring from the Army in 1961, Kerr went to work directly for the Federal Aviation Administration becoming an aviation safety inspector, helping to train FAA inspectors in the operation of the helicopter.

In his 20 years in the military service and in his additional 30 years of continuous government service, Kerr was one of the best qualified and most highly respected pilots the Army has ever produced.