Aeronautical club to hear Hardesty

The Northern Neck chapter of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (VAHS) will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday January 19, at the Pilot House Restaurant, 2737 Greys Point Road, Topping.

The speaker will be Robert Hardesty, a former FBO manager and 54-year pilot.

Serving as manager of Piedmont Aviation at the Norfolk International Airport for 25 years, Hardesty tells of the many joys and challenges he faced as the development of general aviation was expanding and influencing the growth of aviation in America, said liaison George A. Galo.

He looks back on his 54 years as a certified pilot, flying 134 different aircraft throughout the years and contributing to the growth and future of general aviation, said Hardesty. He is the manager of the Town of Irvington and part time monitor of operations at the Hummel Airport in Topping.

Hardesty has commercial, multi-engine, and instrument pilot ratings and flies locally, said Galo.

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