During the current economic climate, when many completion and refurbishment centers are struggling–some merely to survive–Savannah Air Center appears to be doing quite well. In fact, the Savannah, Ga. center is doing well enough to embark on construction of a new 12,500-sq-ft cabinetry shop and begin planning for an additional 70,000-sq-ft hangar.
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Stephanie Snyder, vice president of marketing and communications at Gulfstream Aerospace, resigned unexpectedly last month. She had been with the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer for more than six years. Snyder also served as an executive assistant to former Gulfstream president Bill Boisture, who left the company abruptly in April, to be replaced by then vice chairman Bryan Moss (AIN, May, page 1).
Deliveries of new Gulfstream IV-SPs and GVs in the first half of this year kept pace with the same period last year, although sales volume for the second quarter was down compared with the year-ago period, according to the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer. The company said it delivered 19 GIV-SPs in the first half, the same as in the corresponding period last year.
Claiming “there is no merit to the lawsuit or to the allegations in it,” Savannah Air Center said it will defend itself against a $3.7 million claim brought in U.S. District Court by USA Interactive. In the suit, filed in May in U.S.
Swiss-based Jet Aviation Group expanded its U.S. footprint late last week with the acquisition of maintenance and cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Savannah Air Center. The deal adds some 280,000 sq ft of space at Savannah Air to the more than 650,000 sq ft at Jet Aviation’s Midcoast Aviation subsidiary in East Cahokia, Ill.
One of the primary roles of the newly formed National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Environmental Committee will be to “police” the growing number of carbon offset vendors and create a list of legitimate vendors for NATA members, according to association president James Coyne.
Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.
When discussion turns to the most prominent legacy independent FBOs, one of the first names mentioned is Epps Aviation at Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree (PDK) Airport. Pat Epps’s bustling yet remarkably down-home facility represents a blueprint for a successful general aviation service business.
The first of two phases of the Gulfstream Aerospace new Savannah Service Center has officially opened.
In March last year the company announced a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its Savannah headquarters and business-jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities. It includes the new 624,588-sq-ft service center on 76.6 acres at the southwest quadrant of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
To honor the 60th anniversary of the National Business Aviation Association, a commemorative flight took place on Saturday, September 22, from New York, the show’s first site, to Atlanta, the home of this year’s event.