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Airport adds Cessna school, new employees

Spirit Aviation, Inc., a Georgia Corporation, based at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport in Thomson, added two new members of its staff as it expands services offered to include flight instruction at a newly-designated Cessna Pilot Center and the introduction of full general aviation maintenance services.

Frank "Kinsey" Butler will serve as the Director of Maintenance for Spirit Aviation. Mr. Butler is a lifelong resident of the CSRA and has been performing aircraft maintenance throughout the region for more than 20 years. Mr. Butler is an FAA Certified A&P Aircraft Mechanic in addition to an IA Inspector and FAA Certificated Pilot. Kinsey previously worked with Aiken Aviation in Aiken.

Rick Fletcher will serve as the lead instructor for the Spirit of Aviation Flight School. Mr. Fletcher is a resident of Appling, has more than 25 years of flying experience with over 1000 hours of flight instruction given. Mr. Fletcher has attained the designation of "Master Instructor" by the National Association of Flight Instructors and was awarded by the FAA as Flight Instructor of the Year in 2004 in South Carolina.

Spirit Aviation in Thomson is new to the area but several employees are not. Spirit Aviation came to the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport in February. Founded on the premise that customers want and deserve the highest professionalism and quality services, Spirit Aviation set out to recruit the best of the best as members of it's staff at the Thomson Airport, said President of Spirit Aviation, Keith Bounds.

"We accomplished our initial goal to put in place the best staff possible in the CSRA general aviation airports," Mr. Bounds said. "We now are focusing on providing the best service available throughout our product and service lines." Spirit Aviation is a full service FBO offering line services, pilot supplies, aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction. To help lower the costs of flying and for added convenience, 24-hour self serve fueling is available at discounted prices. The Spirit Aviation staff is trained by the National Air Transportation Safety First Program.

Cessna recently designated Spirit Aviation as a Cessna Pilot Center (CPC). The industry leading flight training programs are in place at the Spirit Flight School. A 2005 Cessna Skyhawk 172 was delivered to the school in April and the first flight students commenced training in a state of the art training aircraft this month.

Web posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005


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