Sky Aviation Holdings (SAH), a family of aviation companies specializing in BeechJets, Hawkers, Citations, and LearJets, celebrated the Grand Opening of Sky Aircraft Maintenance (SAM), a sister company. A ceremony was held at Davidson County Airport in Lexington, NC.
The ceremony was catered by a local restaurant, Texas Steak & Tap House. Speakers included Guilford Tech Community College’s Nick Yale, Director of Aviation Programs and Aviation Systems Technology, and Tom Conlan, CEO of Sky Aviation Holdings.
In addition to the grand opening, SAH’s owner, Tom Conlan donated two jets to Guilford Tech Community College (GTCC), with whom SAM has an established apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship was started by two GTCC graduates who are currently employed by SAM.
“What we’ve experienced there is just a very good core group of young people who really believe that you get out of life what you put into it,” said Sky Aviation Holdings Owner Tom Conlan.
Sky Aircraft Maintenance chose Davidson County Airport for a number of reasons. As previously stated, the workforce is strong. The location is centrally located from major NC airports, as well as centrally located from the mid-west to eastern seaboard. Furthermore, all these factors contribute to economic growth.
Through direct and indirect means the airport impacts 520 jobs, contributes $2.8 million in tax revenue from 75 based aircraft, and sees 29,000 annual operations for a total economic impact of $70.9 million, according to an Economic Impact Study from the North Carolina Division of Aviation.
Currently, SAM can accommodate up to 5 lines of light to mid-size aircraft maintenance and modifications for business aircraft.
In Q1 of 2022, SAM will begin breaking ground for a 50,000 square-foot hangar located on the far northeast end of the airport. The expansion gives the ability to service all facets of an aircraft at one location.
Sky Aviation Holdings’ steady growth since 2014 has meant more jobs and more opportunities. The company started with only 1 employee in 2014 when it started as only a sales and acquisitions company. SAH now employs 35 workers through its family of companies and that number is expected to grow by approximately 35 or more with the expansion of SAM.
More pictures of the ceremony are available on Sky Aviation Holding’s LinkedIn page.