Aviation Technology & Aerospace Engineering

With Boeing's recent decision to build a final assembly facility for the 787 in Charleston, South Carolina continues to prove that it is a leader in supporting the global aviation industry. Greenville has long been an advanced manufacturing center, and for aviation specifically, our companies include Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, GE, Michelin Aircraft Tires and Cytec Carbon Fibers. Areas of specialization include the aircraft turbine business as well as the area of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) also known as Aircraft Inspection, Maintenance and Safety (AIMS). With major aircraft manufacturers located in the Greenville area, and three airports (GMU for general aviation, GSP for commercial and cargo flights, and GYH for industrial) within 20 miles of each other, Greenville, SC remains well positioned for future growth.

Boeing: 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly Facility

With the recent commitment from Boeing to invest in the state, South Carolina has proven once again to be the leader in supporting the global aviation industry. Greenville companies such as GE Aviation and Cytec supply Boeing.

 

 

Aviation Properties

SCTAC (South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center) (GYH)

Formerly Donaldson Center, U.S. Air Force Base
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Park

SCTAC is Upstate South Carolina’s premiere Air and Industrial Park. Located seven miles south from Downtown Greenville, SC, along the I-85 corridor, the park encompasses 2,600 acres and features an 8,000 foot primary runway.  This substantial environment benefits more than 80 on-site businesses such as 3M, Cytec Carbon Fibers, Lockheed Martin, Michelin and Stevens Aviation.

  • FAA Part 139 Airfield Certification
  • Fire Department
  • ISO Class 4-certified

Site, Parcel A (Aviation District)

  • Approx. 140 acres
  • Access to 8,000 foot primary runway
  • I-1 Zoning
  • Sub dividable
  • Topography is flat with a gentle slope
  • Entire site is exempt from the 100 year flood plain (FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map)
  • All utilities on-site

Specialized Project Financing Options

  • Build-to-suit financing
  • Independent bonding capabilities
  • Leveraging with federal programs to diminish project costs
    • New Market Tax Credits
    • EB-5

Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU)

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Greenville Downtown Airport is South Carolina’s busiest general aviation airport, providing a corporate gateway into the Upstate region. Services at GMU include:

  • Aircraft Management Services
  • Air Charter and Air Taxi Services
  • Sales, Maintenance, Interiors and Detailing
  • Aircraft Rental and Flight Instruction

Aviation Companies

Engineering & Manufacturing

Aeronautica LLC - Engineering, Certification

Avenger Aerospace - Engineering, Certification, and Manufacturing Services 

BMI Corporation -  Aerodynamics (Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wind Tunnel Testing, Straight Line Testing), Design and Manufacturing 

GE Aviation - Jet Engine High Pressure Turbine Blades

Honeywell - Aircraft and Helicopter Engines

KTM Solutions - "On Demand" engineering services

LMI Aerospace - Aviation Engineering

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

Applied Tech Services, Inc. - FAA Repair Station for Engine Components 

H&L Accessory - FAA Repair Station for Engine Components

Honeywell - Aircraft and Helicopter Engines 

Lockheed Martin - Commercial and Military Aircraft Maintenance and Modification

Stevens Aviation - (GSP and GYH Locations) Phase Inspections, Special Inspections, Overhauls, Heavy Maintenance and Warranty, Dallas Airmotive Warranty, Heavy Structural Repairs, Engine Modifications, Winglet Modifications

Paint

Broadhead Aviation Maintenance, Inc. - Aircraft Painting Service / Repair 

Lockheed Martin

Stevens Aviation (GYH Location) - Paint Refurbishment, Complete Strip and Repaint, Flight Control Removal and Balance, Registration Number Changes, Restripe Fuselage, Corrosion Inhibitor, Coating Application, Aircraft Detailing

Carbon Fiber

Cytec - Carbon Fiber / Aircraft Components

SAATI Americas - Carbon Fiber / Aircraft Components

Other

Action Research Corporation (ARC) / ARC Products, Inc. - Aircraft Fuel Injector Design and Manufacturing

Michelin - Aircraft Tires

NextGen Supply Chain Integrators -  Quality Management Systems - Certification Assistance and Training in ISO9001 / AS9100 / TS16949 / Lean Six Sigma

Professional Interiors, Inc. - Aircraft Interiors and Upholstery

Ranger AerospaceProvides aviation services and aerospace/defense support operations

Woven Electronics - Electronic Cabling

Woodward Industrial Control - Fuel Nozzles

Aviation-Specific Education

Greenville Technical College

  • Associates in Aircraft Maintenance Technology
    • Certificate in Aviation Powerplant Theory/Systems
      • Coursework includes: Inspection, Overhaul, System Dynamics for Turbine and Reciprocating Engines
    • Certificate in Aviation Airframe Structure/Systems (NEEDS CONDENSING)
      • Wood Structures, Coverings, and Finishes
      • Sheet Metal Layout and Repair
      • Bonded Structures and Welding
      • Assembly and Rigging
      • Aircraft Environmental Systems
      • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
      • Landing Gear Systems
      • Aircraft Electrical Systems
      • Utility and Warning Systems
      • Aircraft Fuel Systems
      • Airframe Inspection
    • Certificate in Aviation Fundamentals
      • The largest part 147 FAA Airframe and Powerplant Program in SC, that includes: a laser grade testing facility, on staff maintenance examiners, dual credit programs and a collaboration with Embry Riddle

Other Educational Resources

  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • USAerotech
  • USAeroFlight
  • Carolina Aeronautical Testing and Certification Center

Workforce Development Solution  - Case Study

With a national shortage of sheet metal workers, Greenville Technical College in cooperation with the Greenville County Workforce Investment Board developed a unique program to train workers to meet Lockheed Martin’s need that included:

  • State-of-the-art sheet metal lab for training and aircraft-related electricity courses
  • Curriculum includes:
    • Install, inspect, and remove rivets; dexterity with sheet metal tools; cutting and layout procedures; countersinking, micro-shaving, counter-boring; crew removal; measurement readings