While this year’s NBAA Convention commemorates the association’s 60th anniversary, show planners are taking advantage of its Atlanta location to celebrate another milestone–the centennial of powered flight in Georgia.
Geography of Georgia
The National Business Aviation Association could hardly have picked a more deserving recipient for this year’s Doswell Award than Georgia resident E. Patrick “Pat” Epps, president of Epps Aviation, especially with the convention being held in Atlanta this year as Georgia celebrates its 100th anniversary of powered flight. Named for John P.
Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, the parent company of Gulfstream and its General Dynamics Aviation Services cousin, said yesterday that this year’s second quarter was “the best quarter from an intake perspective that Gulfstream has ever experienced.” The Savannah, Ga.-based OEM achieved $1.2 billion in sales in the second quarter, up more than 13 percent from the same time a year ago.
The planned Liberty Air Ventures FBO at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) has encountered some site delays, according to president and CEO Mary Pilgrim. “We hope to break ground next month,” she told AIN. Liberty Air is planning to build a new FBO with a 3,200-sq-ft terminal, 13,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and 20,000-gallon jet-A fuel farm.
FlightSafety International will double the size of its Gulfstream aircraft maintenance training facility in Savannah, Ga., with a 20,000-sq-ft expansion of the existing facility.
Gulfstream Aerospace broke ground on a new manufacturing site last month. The 306,000-sq-ft facility is the first since the company brought GII production to Savannah in 1967. The building is slated to be completed next April. Gulfstream also plans to use the existing service center for manufacturing after a new and larger service and support center is completed in late 2009.
The ability to surf the Internet while cruising through the lower stratosphere continues to get easier, and faster, thanks to the incremental upgrades being made to the capabilities of current high-speed data satcom systems.
Police in Georgia yesterday arrested a 22-year-old commercial-rated pilot for allegedly stealing a Citation VII owned by Pinnacle Air of Springdale, Ark., and flying it on a 350-mile joyride from St. Augustine Airport, Fla., to Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Ga. Gwinnett County police said Daniel Andrew Wolcott was charged with felony theft and five misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct. According to a St.
CESSNA 560 CITATION, SAVANNAH, GA., NOV. 25, 2003–A Cessna Citation 560 (N632QS) registered to Convergys Corp c/o NetJets Sales, Oklahoma City, Okla. received minor damage when it landed with the nosewheel retracted on Runway 9 at Savannah (SAV), Ga. There were no injuries in the November 25 incident, which occurred at approximately 10 p.m. in VMC. The aircraft had departed Hilton Head (HXD), S.C.
To meet upcoming production needs, Gulfstream has placed a $20 million order with Kollsman for an undisclosed number of enhanced vision systems (EVS).