Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) has wrapped up a $29 million expansion project known as the North Aviation Development. The project, funded by FAA entitlement grants and airport revenues, saw the realignment of Gulfstream Road to a newly built 1,200-foot tunnel under Taxiway A, which was extended 1,800 feet to a total of 9,302 feet. The additional length allowed the taxiway to connect with the newly built new 4,033-foot taxiway H, which now links Gulfstream Aerospace’s new $500 million campus expansion to the rest of the airport.
Gulfstream Aerospace named 32-year aviation industry veteran Joseph Rivera as its director of international operations. In his new position, he will be based in Savannah and will oversee Gulfstream’s three international service centers in Beijing; Luton, England; and Sorocaba, Brazil. Luton and Sorocaba are currently in operation, while Gulfstream Beijing is expected to begin operations soon. “Joseph’s breadth of experience and leadership skills will greatly benefit our customer service organization,” said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns.
Gulfstream has promoted Bill McLeod from sales director for the Midatlantic region to v-p of North American sales, central division. The Savannah airframer also appointed Christopher Ellender as a Europe-based senior regional sales manager for product support sales. Most recently, he led the global aircraft sales and acquisitions division for FirstFlight.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Christopher Ellender as a senior regional sales manager for product support sales. Ellender is based at the Gulfstream facility in Luton, England, and reports to Jeff Hill, Gulfstream’s director of international product support sales. Ellender is responsible for maintenance sales to Gulfstream operators in Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Most recently, Ellender led the Global aircraft sales and acquisitions division for FirstFlight.
Ruedi Kraft has been named vice president of market development and completion sales for Jet Aviation Basel effective December 1. In his new role, Kraft will oversee sales for the completion business in the EMEA and Asia region. He joins the company from Gulfstream Aerospace, where he had been regional vice president for the Middle East & North Africa since 2002.
The Gulfstream service center in Appleton, Wisconsin, recently earned an approved maintenance organization designation from the Saudi Arabia General Authority of Aviation (GACA). With this authorization, GACA-registered aircraft can undergo maintenance, repairs, alterations and inspections at the facility.
General Dynamics yesterday appointed Leda M. L. Chong as Asia-Pacific region senior vice president of the company’s aerospace group.
Gulfstream Aerospace will expand its service center at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass. The $20 million project will add a 100,000-sq-ft maintenance facility to the complex.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Gulfstream Aerospace Galaxy and Gulfstream 200, citing cracked nuts found on the aircraft’s production line during routine post-assembly inspection. Investigation revealed that the cracks resulted from hydrogen embrittlement combined with high hardness.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Jace Stone as director, product support sales for the western U.S. and western Canada. Before his promotion, Stone was a national sales manager for Gulfstream product support sales in south Texas.
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