M. A. "Sonny" Everett is an American aviator, author and broadcaster, including color commentary announcing of airshows and special events. Sonny's broadcasting career began in 1960 as a summer high school job at WCRV in Hunterdon County, NJ. His first air show announcing duties came in 1963 at North Philadelphia Airport (PNE) at the age of 17.
Combining his broadcast abilities with his knowledge of aviation, Sonny became one of the USA's foremost color-commentators of airshows and aviation events. He also produced the famous Bicentennial barnstorming troupe called "Air Show America", featuring aviation notables Bill Barber and (then) newcomer Leo Loudenslager in a two-hour choreographed program re-creating those of the 1920s–1930s. Sonny authored the coffee-table book Fliers, published in 1988, a photo-history of airshows from the barnstormer days through modern times. He has often been a guest on numerous TV and radio talk shows, and serves as an expert commentator on aviation safety matters.
As a pilot Sonny has accrued more than 23,000 flying hours in over 60 types of aircraft, from gliders to homebuilt experimentals to cropdusters and widebody Boeing jetliners. He served on the ALPA Air Safety & Accident Investigation committee and developed audio/visual training programs for pilots during a 30 year career with USAirways (formerly Allegheny).
Sonny appeared several times on TV's Mike Douglas Show and was featured in a principal acting role in the films Cloud Dancer (1980) starring David Carradine and Oscar-winner Jennifer O'Neill, and stunt performer in Moving Violations (1986) starring Sally Kellerman and Robert Conrad.
Sonny still contributes to and announces for charitable special events, and hosts a weekly radio show "Sonny-in-the-Morning" on WIFL-FM 104.3 fm. He resides in Citrus County, Florida and devotes much of his time to music, fishing and writing for a variety of general interest and aviation journals.