Atlanta, Oct. 28, 2014 -- Hawthorne Global Aviation Services (“Hawthorne”), a leading general aviation services company, today announced that Thomas Auten has been named General Manager for its Atlanta FBO at Cobb County Airport (KRYY).  The Atlanta facility is part of the growing network of Hawthorne FBOs located throughout the United States. 

Mr. Auten will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the Hawthorne Atlanta Cobb County FBO, which features more than 500,000 square feet of hangar space, a 6,000 square-foot passenger terminal, and first class amenities such as pilot lounges and conference facilities.  Hawthorne Atlanta also features extensive services for pilots including computer flight planning, weather service, after-hours fuel and emergency services.   He is also overseeing the development of Hawthorne’s new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at Cobb County Airport, scheduled to open in mid 2015.

Mr. Auten has more than 40 years of experience in the FBO industry, most recently serving as General Manager for the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport FBO.  Prior to that, he was General Manager for Piedmont Hawthorne, Lawrenceville, GA, overseeing daily operations for two FBO locations.  He also held the position of General Manager for MillionAir in Cobb County, GA and served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for MillionAir overseeing its two Charleston area FBOs.

“Tom brings deep general aviation and FBO experience to Hawthorne and we are thrilled to have him join our team,” said Steven Levesque, CEO of Hawthorne.  “With Tom’s leadership and the Hawthorne standard for the highest level of service, our new Atlanta FBO, located at the second busiest general aviation airport, is ideally positioned to experience rapid growth.”

About Hawthorne Global Aviation Services:
Hawthorne is a premier provider of general aviation services, including first class FBO services, tailored charter solutions, turnkey aircraft management and FAA approved aircraft maintenance.  Hawthorne operates five premiere Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) located at MacArthur Airport in Islip, NY (KISP); Cobb County Airport  in Atlanta, GA (KRYY); Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL (KPWK); Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, LA (KNEW) and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, WI (KEAU).  For more information, please visit  

For more information, contact:
Lisa Hendrickson, LCH Communications for Hawthorne Global Aviation Services