Welcome to Ridgelines.com!

This site has been created as a tribute to the roughly ten thousand employees that worked for Atlantic Coast Airlines and Independence Air during its eighteen years of operation. With the wind down and cessation of flight operations in January 2006, Independence Air becomes another "relic" of aviation history. Despite this unfortunate event, the spirit of the company and the enthusiasm of it's employees lives on in our memories and actions.

This site has been created by a former ACA/Independence Air employee and is dedicated to the hard working employees that were a part of the company's history. From humble beginnings as the Atlantic Coast division of WestAir, to the final days of Independence Air the employees created something that many other airlines covet. It was more than just a product. To many, it was a tight knit family with deep rooted service values.

The site is named Ridgelines.org in honor of the company's roots as a small airline based on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While many outsiders will remember us as Independence Air, the vast majority of employees that worked for this company worked for Atlantic Coast Airlines. Ridgelines ties into the original spirit of ACA, as well as it's primary radio callsign: "Blueridge."

Thank you for visiting. I hope that it serves as a "yearbook" of memories for both employees and the passengers that were so devoted to the company over all of our years of service. If you have pictures, memorabilia, stories, whatever, please feel free to contribute them to the site. Without the help of my fellow former employees, I could not have made this site. 



I would like thank the following people for contributing materials to this website:

  • Dominick Amendolaro

  • Heather Anderson

  • Rob Balsamo

  • John Barrett

  • Mark Crystal

  • Dave George

  • Sean Gillies

  • Tim Gleason

  • Patricia Grimaldi

  • Matt Guillemette

  • Marc Hawkins

  • Lisa Jackson

  • Todd Kallenbach

  • Melissa Kite

  • Lars Lindblad

  • Ian Lubetkin

  • Chris Lund

  • James Mattox

  • Mark McCabe

  • Patty Parker

  • Luis Ramirez

  • Justin W. Sandretzky

  • Jason Seiple

  • Kurt Selbert

  • Kirsten Shields

  • Steve Stampley

  • Eric Swagler

  • Mark Watlington

  • Jason and Denise Williams

  • Hans and Karen Yao



I would particularly like the thank the following people for contributing funds to help with the initial and ongoing costs of establishing this website:

  • Chris Carney

  • Rosalind Heinemann

  • Chris Lund

  • Hans Yao

  • Many, many attendees of the 2007 All Hands Reunion



Materials found on this website have been compiled from various sources and donors. I have taken every possible measure to prevent duplication and unauthorized posting of copyrighted materials. If you are the copyright holder of any materials found on this site, and you wish to have your materials removed from this site, please contact me and I will promptly comply with your wishes.




Copyright 2006, Ridgelines.org