George Butts flew general aviation aircraft for over 50 years and is currently the world speed record holder over a recognized course between Salinas and Los Angeles in a C1-b category aircraft. His entry into aviation began in 1966, when he received an A.A.S. degree in Aircraft Operations from the State University New York in Farmingdale, NY.
After graduation, he served as an avionics mechanic in the Army and a Sergeant (E-5) Battalion Recruiter in the New York Army National Guard. After he reentered the regular Army to fly helicopters, George was stationed at Ft. Myer, VA, for four years in Honor Guard Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard,” as a casket bearer at Arlington National Cemetery. During this time he also performed ceremonial duties around the Washington D.C. area.
A back injury prevented him from attending Warrant Officers Flight School. Ultimately, George separated from the Army in 1979 and spent 37 years in Virginia and California in the ground transportation industry.
George served as Los Angeles County Aviation Commissioner for 10 years and co-founded the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Association, Inc., serving as President for its first 10 years.
George is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service. Additional achievements include serving as a Red Cross Community Ambassador to the City of Manhattan Beach and a First Aid CPR/AED Instructor.
George has belonged to the National Aeronautical Association since 2000, and the Aero Club since 2009. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2016 as Membership Chair, Second Vice President, and Vice President. In 2021 George was elected as Aero Club of Southern California President a role he served in until December of 2023.
While no longer a member of the board, George continues to contribute as Membership Chair, a role he has led since 2016. George now resides in Boise, ID.