Georgia Flight Trail
Coming in 2017, The Georgia Flight Trail (GFT) celebrates the connection between airports and exploration. A partnership between Georgia Tourism, the Georgia Airports Association and the Center of Innovation for Aerospace, the Georgia Flight Trail offers aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the beauty of Georgia by visiting its airports and the communities they serve.
Stay tuned! This will be the main site for participants to register and to keep abreast of the most up-to-date information on the Georgia Flight Trail. Each participating airport will have a unique stamp that will be used to verify a visit. Using the GA DOT Airport Directory as a passport, GFT participants will visit a local airport and collect a stamp on that airport’s page in the Airport Directory. As participants complete all the airports within one of the nine tourism regions of Georgia – or when dedicated holders collect stamps from all participating airports in their passport – they can submit proof of their accomplishments to receive recognition from Georgia Tourism. Click here to see a list of airports by tourism region.
Georgia’s Aviation History
Georgia has a rich aviation history. In 1907, Ben Epps built and flew his own aircraft across a cow pasture in Athens, and only ten years later the U.S. War Department established one of 8 U.S. Army Schools of Military Aeronautics at the Georgia School of Technology (now Georgia Tech). Souther Field in Americus was established in 1918 as an Air Service training base for WWI. After the war, Charles Lindbergh made his first solo flight at Souther Field in a military surplus aircraft. In 1925, Mayor Walter Sims committed the city of Atlanta to transforming an abandoned racetrack into the airfield now known as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the most traveled airport in the world. From these early beginnings, aviation has become one of Georgia’s leading economic generators with 104 public airports across the state.