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Gruber Aviation, Inc.
70 Gruber Lane
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
912-634-2600
Fax: 912-634-2612
Cell: 912-230-7300
Home: 912-638-9984

 

Our Pilots and Associates

The Gruber Aviation flight team is among the finest professional pilots in the industry. Dedicated to the highest measures of safety and professionalism, all of the pilots are highly experienced aviators focused on making each flight a pleasurable and memorable experience for the members.

Michael Pharis

Michael Pharis – Chief Pilot
A native of Brunswick, Georgia, Mike's love of airplanes consumed his childhood and after soloing at the age of 16 he immersed himself in the field of aviation. At the age of 17 he obtained his Commercial Pilot Certificate at the Brunswick Airpark and flew for Perry Flying Service and Brunswick Aviation until the Spring of 1976, at which time he enlisted in the United States Army, initially serving as a Utility Helicopter Repairman. Honorably serving his country for 20 years in various CONUS and overseas locations as an Aviation Maintenance Supervisor, Flight Operations Coordinator, and First Sergeant, Mike retired in 1996 and returned to Brunswick. Resuming his love for flying, he worked as a Contract Pilot for several local airplane owners. After being hired as Chief Pilot for VIZTEK Medical Imaging he gained experience in JetProp 980 Commander and added that experience to his vast and varied experiences in many piston and turbine-powered aircraft to include the Beechcraft model King Air 90, 100, B100. 200, B200, and is currently Type-Rated in the Model 300. Airline Transport Pilot rated, Mike has dedicated his aviation career to the General Aviation segment and enjoys the personal interaction with all of our member/owners. Having logged over 16,000 hours of total flight time, of which over 14, 500 have been logged as Pilot-in-Command, his love for his craft remains undiminished. He and his wife of 42 years, Barbara, reside in Brunswick and enjoy sharing their time and love with their children, four grandchildren, and one spoiled canine!

 

Jerry Morris

Jerry "Widget" Morris – Pilot
Jerry Morris has amassed more than 26,500 flying hours. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and has type ratings in Boeing 737, 757, 767, Douglas DC9, Lockheed L-382, Lr-Jet, HS-125 and BE300 aircraft. In his 25-year career with Delta Air Lines, he flew domestically and internationally on the Boeing 727, 737, 757 and 767 aircraft as well as the McDonald Douglas MD-88 and Lockheed 1011. He retired from Delta as a Line Check Airman in 2004. Jerry started flying in 1968. He earned his private and commercial pilot licenses before entering Undergraduate Pilot Training in The United States Air Force at Williams AFB in 1974. He was a distinguished graduate and returned to the 924th Tactical Airlift Group at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas. There he served as a C-130 Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot. While in the USAF Reserves, he was also employed as a corporate pilot in Austin, TX. He flew a variety of business jets and turboprops. After retiring from Delta Air Lines, Morris joined Team RV/Team AeroDynamix, the largest formation aerobatic team in the country. For nine years, he flew air show performances and formation demonstrations. He held flight lead, solo and formation surface air show credentials. Morris is originally from Austin, TX. He resided in Dahlonega, GA, for 20 years before moving to Saint Simons Island with his wife of 33 years, Kari Morris. In his off-time he enjoys boating and flying his personal aircraft, an RV8.

 

Majorie Gruber

Marjorie M. Gruber – Corporate Officer
Marjorie is a familiar sight around the Gruber Hangar serving as a Corporate Officer, giving office and personal support to Renn while adding an important sense of family to the entire organization. It is no coincidence that Marjorie and Renn Gruber share the same last name. Marjorie is Renn’s mother and a highly capable business person in her own right having retired as a Senior Vice President & Chairman of the Building Committee from Fort Myers, Florida’s leading financial institution. Her spirit and charm are wonderful additions to the hangar Operation.

 

Stan Kuker

Stan Kyker – Bookkeeper
Stan joined the Gruber Aviation team as its part-time bookkeeper in January 2017. A graduate of UCLA, Stan retired after 30 years with the California Restaurant Association including 18 years as its Chief Staff Executive. He and his wife Cathy moved to St. Simons Island in 2002 from Long Beach, CA to retire, travel and play golf. He has three grown daughters and three granddaughters, all of whom enjoy visiting St. Simons. Stan also works part time as Financial Administrator for Christ Church Frederica and provides consulting and accounting services for two other small associations in the community. He is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island and plays alto saxophone with the Golden Isles Community Band and the Jekyll Island Big Band.

Gruber Aviation, Inc. | 70 Gruber Lane | St. Simons Island GA 31522
Office: 912-634-2600 | Fax: 912-634-2612 | Cell: 912-230-7300 | Home: 912-638-9984

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