Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gulfstream donates business jet to Savannah Technical College

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has donated a Gulfstream G100 aircraft and several other items to Savannah Technical College.

The aircraft, which was retired from the company fleet in May 2013, will be used as a training tool in the college’s aviation programs.

The donated G100, which does not include its engines and some components, entered service on Sept. 14, 1994. More than half of its 8,472 flight hours and 5,406 landings came during the nearly nine years it flew missions for Gulfstream support teams or transported company personnel.

“We are proud to contribute to the growth of Savannah Tech and the development of tomorrow’s aviation technicians,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. “Our 15-year-old partnership has resulted in more than 400 Savannah Tech students becoming Gulfstream employees. These donations will help us and other aerospace companies continue to hire well-trained and highly skilled employees from right here in Savannah.”

Savannah Tech President Kathy S. Love said the college appreciates Gulfstream’s continued support.

“Gulfstream’s commitment to education and shared vision with Savannah Technical College ensures our graduates are ready to work in the aviation industry,” Love said.

Along with the aircraft, Gulfstream donated fly-by-wire components, including manifolds and actuators from the company’s flagship G650 and a flap assembly and fuselage panel assembly from the G450.

“Classroom training is important, but there is no substitute for hands-on training,” said Tal Loos, Savannah Tech’s dean of aviation. “This aircraft will provide unique real-world experience for our students and help them acquire skills and knowledge that will better prepare them for a career in aviation.”

Savannah Tech’s aviation technology division offers degree, diploma and certificate programs in aviation maintenance and diploma and certificate programs in aircraft structural technology. The nearly 30,000-square-foot Aviation Training Center at the school’s Crossroads campus includes labs, classrooms and a 5,000-square-foot/464.5-square-meter hangar.

Savannah Tech will offer a new airframe and powerplant program this summer after earning certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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