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by Mike Gomez, Rotorcorp VP of Strategic Growth

First of all, welcome to Atlanta! 

Let’s get right to it. If you are at all like me, you cringe at the idea of going out in the evening, to a new destination, for a meal or a drink only to find yourself surrounded by tourists rather than the local population. So, here is non-touristy advice from a meat, craft beer, and pasta guy (sorry vegans), who’s lived in ATL since 1999.

So here are some casual places to experience during Heli-Expo 2023 that will give you a real taste of the city I love and call home. 

Additional things to know about your Atlanta experience: 

Everything takes 25 minutes longer to get to because of traffic – sometimes more sometimes less – but not by much. Don’t let this stop you from getting away from the tourist trap that is downtown (where Heli-Expo is located).

If you hear someone refer to the ‘perimeter’ they are talking about Interstate 285. In ATL, one either lives ITP (inside the perimeter) or OTP (outside the perimeter).

MARTA – our commuter rail, bus, and (limited) streetcar service – is a good way to move through the city if you don’t mind a little walking. It, too, is part of the ATL experience (good and bad) so give it a try if it fits your journey.  Of course, Uber and Lyft are always an option.

Have fun at Heli-Expo!  Be sure to come by our booth (B6123) and say hello!  And most importantly, enjoy your stay in Atlanta.

Mike Gomez

Mike Gomez is an aerospace engineer by training. He's performed in this capacity for the U.S. Navy (civilian) and Boeing. Mike was also an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is both a fixed wing and helicopter pilot. Mike has over 10 years of experience leading military jet (F-15, F-16, F/A-18) and transport aircraft (C-130J) sales to foreign allies for aerospace giants, Boeing and Lockheed. He has worked with customers in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. His sales record exceeds $10B. After leaving Lockheed in 2002, Mike founded the firm, Allegro Consulting. Here he advised small business owners and startups founders on strategic planning, sales process, and go-to-market strategies. This is where he first started working with Sean Casey and his team at Rotorcorp. Fast forward to 2023, when Mike joined Rotorcorp as VP of Strategic Growth. Mike's role is wide ranging, from new business development, business partnerships, and strategic plan execution. Mike is an avid mountain biker and runner, loves to cook, and do anything outdoors.

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