Aerospace

Private Equity changing industry landscape in South Carolina

Like the textile industry in the 1930s, aerospace manufacturing in the Southeast is a booming industry, having grown primarily because of private equity. And prospects for the future are rosy, given the availability of private capital to invest in what some feel is a sure thing. Since…



Students’ aerospace research recognized on the global stage

Named in honor of a South Carolina native and Challenger astronaut, the Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation was founded in 2011 at the University of South Carolina with donations from Darla Moore, Anita Zucker and Marva Smalls.  After just five years of the Center being…


GSP Expansion in the hands of airlines

Meeting the air transportation needs of international companies in the Upstate is up to airlines, not GSP, officials said. Despite a growing base of international companies in the Upstate, Greenville Spartanburg International Airport does not provide non-stop access to international locations. But filling that need, if it…


T-50A Trainers over the skies of Greenville?

The U.S. Air Force departed Donaldson Air Force Base 53 years ago. Since that time, the aviation industry in this area has seen significant growth as demonstrated by the establishment of Lockheed Martin’s Aircraft and Logistics Center (MRO) facility in 1997. However, never in the history of…


Is the climate right for Aerospace Growth in South Carolina?

The recent growth of aerospace business in South Carolina is undeniable. Although the aerospace industry is not new to the area, the addition of a Boeing final assembly plant in Charleston has certainly expanded the aerospace discussion to a whole new level. The South Carolina Commerce tag…


Rumors of problems, resurrection of old line, no problem for Lockheed

Rumors of problems with the F-35, and Congress wanting to resurrect the F-22, will not translate to problems for Lockheed Martin in Greenville. On April 20, a General Accountability Office report indicated significant problems with the F-35’s “brain” or Autonomic Logistics Information System could ground the entire…



GSP eyes access to the North, but little impact expected for manufacturing

While most do not anticipate a significant change to their bottom line, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s desire to open up flights to Canada could be a boon to some area manufacturers. In the wake of an announcement by GSP President Dave Edwards last week that the airport was seeking to…


Conference Highlights South Carolina’s Growing Aerospace Sector

HEAVY ATTENDANCE BY SENIOR EXECUTIVES Hundreds of senior executives from around the whole worldwide aerospace industry gathered last week in Charleston for the AviationWeek Group/SpeedNews annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference. SpeedNews said it was record-high attendance, including executives from numerous overseas aerospace firms. Deborah Cameron, Director of Aerospace…