About Us

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Our Story

Started in 2004, Atlanta Air Charter set out to be different. We wanted to be distinctive in our approach to customer service. Our goal is to provide the safest and most cost effective transportation for a variety of needs while providing personalized customer service that goes above and beyond your expectations.

Our Mission

Atlanta Air Charter is a faith-based company dedicated to providing custom-tailored, professional aviation services, including air charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft management, aircraft storage, as well as sales and acquisition, and professional pilot services – all by employing only the most passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced team members. AAC has the goal of exceeding our client’s expectations by placing our morals and ethics at the core of every decision.

Our Team

James L. Cook – President / Director of Operations

As president of Atlanta Air Charter, Mr. Cook is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the company. Mr. Cook’s previous aviation experience includes 26 years of service with Delta Airlines. At Delta, Mr. Cook served as a Captain on a 737-NG aircraft and 10 years in the training department as a flight instructor. Mr. Cook has also served in varying capacities with the United States Navy, including Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron 60 located at the Glenview Naval Air Station, Illinois. Soloing at the age of sixteen, Mr. Cook aviation career literally spans the globe and forty years.

Chip Kaczynski – Chief Business Officer / Acquisitions

Chip Kaczynski is an aviation veteran with over twenty-five years of experience and 10,000 accident-free flight hours. He has extensive general aviation, Air Force, scheduled airline and FAA Part 125 and 135 charter expertise. He earned his Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-engine ratings at the Florida Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a B.S. in Aviation Management/Flight Technology.  After graduation, Captain Kaczynski obtained his Turbojet Flight Engineer rating and became an instructor, where he worked until he was accepted into U.S. Air Force pilot training program.  He served in Operation Desert Storm, in Saudi Arabia as well as several other conflicts including Bosnia, Panama, and Haiti flying AC-130 Gunships and C-130s. While serving in the reserves Captain Kaczynski acquired his Airline Transport Rating and was hired by AirTran Airways, where he flew as a Captain on the DC-9. He left AirTran for US Airways where he flew the B-727, B-737, and A-319/320/321. After the events of 911, Captain Kaczynski began flying VIP DC-9s for various high-profile sports and racing teams, and subsequently started his own consulting company; managing commercial property and aircraft.  Captain Kaczynski holds 10 Type Ratings and joined Atlanta Air Charter in 2006 to share his vast knowledge and expertise.  In 2012, he earned his Executive MBA from Wichita State University's Barton School of Business while instructing at FlightSafety International's Hawker/Beech Learning Center and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Atlanta Air Charter, Inc., The Town Center Community Alliance, and the Cobb County Airport Advisory Board.

Jennifer Korey - Chief Financial Officer / Human Resources

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Mike Noah – General Manager / Treasurer

As the General Manager of Atlanta Air, Mr. Noah manages all aspects of daily operations and responsible for long-term strategic planning with his business partners.  Mr. Noah has over 25 years of management experience at the retail, corporate and executive levels, including veteran of the United States Army (Infantry), Krispy Kreme (General Manager and Corporate Trainer) and over ten years of aviation management experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) from Kennesaw State University and is passionate about efficient business processes.

Hardy Hay – Chief Pilot

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Jim Caliendo – Secretary

Captain Caliendo brings over 24 years of general aviation and flight instructor experience to Atlanta Air Charter. Jim is a self-starter with the diverse resume from engineering to technical operations to editing flight manuals. Jim worked for many years as a certified fight instructor and has obtained his CFI, CFII and MEI ratings. Jim also has also flown for the airlines in a Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200, CRJ-700/900, and Boeing 737. His duties include VP of technical operation and the company’s liaison to the FAA.