SheltAir Aviation Services has opened a new FBO–the 12th in its network–at Georgia’s Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The new FBO is located in a temporary facility in a 1,400-sq-ft office space attached to a 13,000-sq-ft hangar north of the Gulfstream maintenance facility. Construction began last year on SheltAir’s new 7,000-sq-ft FBO terminal, which should be completed early in the second quarter.
Travelers flying to Bush Field in Augusta, Ga., for the Masters Golf Tournament April 6 to 12 at the Augusta National Golf Club will be able to secure Avfuel Avtrip bonus points during the event. Avfuel dealer Augusta Regional Airport Aviation Services is city-owned and -operated but offers competitive fuel prices and all the amenities pilots expect to find at big-name FBOs.
The widening and repaving project at Cobb County-McCollum Airport in Kennesaw, Ga., was completed early last month, and the runway is now 6,305 feet long and 100 feet wide. The shoulders and infield sections of the airport were also graded and additional drainage installed. For Atlanta-based flight departments and Atlanta-bound traffic, the Preferred Jet Center FBO at Cobb County offers an attractive alternative to closer-in Atlanta airports.
FlightSafety International has opened its newly expanded Gulfstream maintenance training facility in Savannah, Ga. The center is nearly twice the size of the existing facility and includes a hangar for hands-on training, an expanded customer lounge and more classrooms. It has the capacity to train 5,000 technicians per year, more than double the number that completed training last year.
Gulfstream Aerospace, in late August, opened the second phase of its new R&D center in Savannah, Ga., dedicating the facility to the efforts of its research and development employees over the 50 years that took the company to its half century this year. Federal, state and local dignitaries joined Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja and Gulfstream top management to participate in the opening.
According to Jeff Zacharius, president of Savannah Air Center, the new 101,000-sq-ft completion hangar that opened in February is already at near capacity with a mix of 10 aircraft–Challenger 850s, Global 5000s and Global Express XRSes. All are part of green cabin completion work that now makes up a major portion of Savannah Air’s work.
The conflict between Russia and Georgia is reverberating at Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft, which in late June temporarily moved its sole Epic Elite Jet prototype to partner Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing’s (TAM) facility in Georgia for demonstration and marketing purposes. The two companies formed a joint venture several years ago to develop the eight-seat Tam-Air Elite Jet for the Russian and CIS markets.
Three people were injured–one critically–during an explosion on July 2 at the Gulfstream Aerospace plant in Savannah, Ga. According to the company, two contractors were performing leak tests on oxygen bottles inside a building when a flash fire occurred. A Gulfstream employee who tried to help the two men also suffered burns.
Epic Aircraft parent company Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) and Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (TAM) in June further cemented their joint venture to develop the eight-seat TAM-AIR Elite Jet for the CIS market. The sole Elite Jet prototype will be based temporarily at TAM’s facility at Tbilisi International Airport in the republic of Georgia for demonstration and marketing purposes.
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).