November 16, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Gulfstream Aerospace is starting a $500 million, seven-year expansion of its Savannah facilities that will add 1,000 jobs to its workforce of 5,500 workers. The business jet industry is in the trough of a recession, but an upturn is coming over the next decade, says Gulfstream President Joe Lombardo.
“We are already beginning to see signs of a modest recovery. In the third quarter of 2010, we booked more orders than we had in any quarter since the downturn began in mid-2008. Furthermore, as flying hours have increased, Gulfstream service centers have enjoyed a significant increase in service volume,” Lombardo said. “This expansion is necessary to meet the projected increase for new business-jet aircraft and the maintenance that will follow.” Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said the expansion would have an effect on not only state and local economies thanks to the additional jobs, but also on construction and service industries as well.
First opened in 1967, Gulfstream's Savannah headquarters includes initial-phase manufacturing of five aircraft models: the Gulfstream G650, G550, G500, G450, and G350. The site also includes the largest of the company’s five final-phase manufacturing facilities and the largest of Gulfstream's 10 service centers.
Gulfstream completed a $400 million expansion in 2009 that included the development of the largest general aviation aircraft maintenance facility in the world. Gulfstream hired 1,100 new employees as part of that expansion.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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