Clayton Eveland is one of Airport Business Magazine’s “40 under 40”

From Hawaii to Alaska, Clayton Eveland is making splashes in the aviation industry. Currently a pilot for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supported Gulfstream-159 aircraft, a cornerstone of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, Eveland was chosen by Airport Business magazine as one of “40 under 40,” which recognizes aviation’s best and brightest up-and-comers.

Clayton Eveland, ARM Aerial Facility pilot, was featured as one of aviation's best and brightest in Airport Business Magazine.

Clayton Eveland, ARM Aerial Facility pilot, was featured as one of aviation's best and brightest in Airport Business magazine.

Eveland’s flight path has taken him from charter and cargo flights based out of Hawaii to piloting seaplanes in Alaska, and he’s flown the Gulfstream-159 aircraft from Bikini Atoll to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, the highest level of aircraft pilot certificate in the United States, and is licensed as an Aviation Maintenance Technician for airframes, powerplants, and inspector authorization, the highest certification for airplane maintenance. In Eveland’s spare time, he restores and maintains vintage aircraft.

Since joining the ARM Aerial Facility (AAF) as an atmospheric research pilot in 2012, he’s flown during the Two-Column Aerosol Project (TCAP), Biomass Burning Observation Project (BBOP), Green Ocean Amazon 2014/15 (GoAmazon 2104/15), ARM Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (ACAPEX), ARM Airborne Carbon Measurements 5 (ARM-ACME V), and most recently, Holistic Interactions  of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems (HI-SCALE). Eveland is also training to operate and pilot the ArcticShark unmanned aerial system.

“I didn’t even know that they had entered me in it,” Eveland said about the AAF team submitting him to the “40 under 40” feature. “The reason I’m as successful as I am is because of those guys. The pilots, the mechanics, the scientists—it’s just a great group of people to work with.”

Airport Business magazine is the leading airport magazine, reaching more than 19,000 airport managers. Eveland, along with the 39 other “40 under 40” recipients, was featured on the cover story of its November issue. It’s an honor for an ARM pilot to be recognized this way and goes to show the amazing work that they’re doing.

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The ARM Climate Research Facility is a national scientific user facility funded through the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The ARM Facility is operated by nine Department of Energy national laboratories, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which manages the ARM Aerial Facility.