George Butts has flown general aviation aircraft for over 50 years and is currently the world record holder for speed over a recognized course between Salinas and Los Angeles in a C1-b category aircraft. His entry into aviation began with an A.A.S. degree in Aircraft Operations from the State University New York in Farmingdale, NY, in 1970.
After graduation, he served in the Army as an avionics mechanic before joining the New York Army National Guard as a Sergeant E-5 Battalion Recruiter. He later reentered the regular Army to fly helicopters and built his rank with the Honor Guard Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard,” which included four years at Ft. Myer, VA, as a casket bearer for Arlington National Cemetery.
Upon leaving the service in 1979, George founded and served as President of Taxi Equipment Company, Inc., in Gardena, CA, which would become the largest taxi equipment company in the US. He also served as a Los Angeles County Aviation Commissioner for 10 years.
George is President and co-founder of the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Association, Inc. Since its inception, the CERT Association has trained more than 500 members of the community, and assisted in callouts backing up the local fire department and working with them to educate the community.
George is an Eagle Scout, Aviation Merit Badge Counselor, and recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service. Additional achievements include graduating from the Manhattan Beach Community Police Academy, and serving as a Red Cross Community Ambassador to the City of Manhattan Beach and a First Aid CPR/AED Instructor.
Based in Boise, ID, since January 2018, George is married with one daughter and two grandchildren.