CPS tenants continue to grow


Located minutes from Gateway Arch, Downtown St. Louis Airport has long been recognized for its charter flights with unparalleled access to downtown St. Louis and the surrounding area, welcoming more than 100,000 air operations per year. However, many may not realize that the airport is also home to a multitude of aerospace tenants, and it is the operations of some of these organizations that have really taken off and will bring dozens of new jobs to the area.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is the airport’s largest tenant, located in Cahokia Heights and Sauget, Illinois. A recently announced expansion will bring 140 new, high-paying positions to the Gulfstream St. Louis Service Center, a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility that already employs approximately 375 people in various functions. The expansion will increase custom cabinetry production and exterior paint capability for Gulfstream’s high-demand large-cabin aircraft.

Gulfstream takes a proactive approach to workforce development in the region and provides opportunities for advancement with a structured path to advance employees as they gain experience in training at the various levels that exist. in their job category. The company’s website career includes details of the different intern positions, as well as the different categories of open positions. Sign-up bonuses and some St. Louis relocation packages are offered for certain positions.

Ideal Aviation, which operates a flight school and an aircraft maintenance and repair facility at St. Louis’ downtown airport, has grown approximately 25% annually for the past few years and now has 25 employees on site. The company moved to a larger hangar and offices at the airport in February 2021, and is again at full capacity and will need more hangars and parking spaces as it continues to grow.

“We attribute our growth to a strong demand for pilot training and a program that provides some of the best instructors in town working with new, well-maintained aircraft in a comfortable environment,” said Bill Macon, Managing Partner of Ideal Aviation. . “Our central location is also a plus.”

Ideal Aviation is currently fully booked, which Macon attributes to the quality of its operations and corporate culture and its strong relationships with Southwestern Illinois College and St. Louis University, but he says they are always looking for qualified flight instructors and certified mechanics who would. fits in well with his team. It invites interested candidates to submit a resume or visit their institution to learn more.

With headquarters and largest facilities at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, Helicopters Inc. is a growing airline that specializes in turnkey electronic information gathering (ENG) solutions by helicopter for television news outlets across the country. The company has about 70 helicopters in its fleet, offering personalized “one eye in the sky” packages at more than 40 news stations in more than 30 cities coast-to-coast. This core business remains strong nationwide as markets continue to recognize the benefits of a turnkey helicopter solution ready to capture everything from morning traffic to high-speed vehicle chases. In addition to continuing to focus on the ENG market, the company has seen notable growth in the Charter and VIP Tourism spaces. Helicopters Inc. currently has 260 employees nationwide, with 37 working at St. Louis Downtown Airport, where the current footprint is sufficient to handle continued growth.

“We have enjoyed our long-standing relationship with the airport,” said Ryan Harbison, vice president of business development for Helicopters, Inc. “Their support is outstanding, and we look forward to many more years of partnership and growth. from downtown St. Louis. Airport.”

Helicopters, Inc. also currently has several full-time and part-time pilot positions and is always looking for qualified maintenance personnel to assist the local team and other teams across the country.

“We are constantly seeking qualified candidates to meet the demands of our industry and have been successful in maintaining a top-notch workforce during these difficult times,” said Harbison. “While we are based in the St. Louis area and look forward to continued growth here, we have a national presence in over 30 major cities. We encourage personnel interested in aviation or aircraft maintenance to view our openings as we expand into exciting new verticals within the aviation industry.

“We are so grateful for these tenants’ commitment to this region and excited for the opportunities their growth will provide for so many people who will be hired for new roles in the months and years to come,” said Mary Lamie, Vice – executive president. from multimodal companies to Bi-State Development. St. Louis Downtown Airport is one of the businesses operated by Bi-State Development.

“We are even more excited that this growth is happening here at St. Louis Downtown Airport, where Gulfstream recently signed a new 10-year lease and will be a key beneficiary of the new Ground Engine Run-Up project that Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a $5 million grant for last fall. We are investing in this project to support a critical improvement that will benefit aircraft maintenance contractors operating at Downtown St. Louis Airport and support a fantastic industry,” said Sandra Shore, Airport Manager of the downtown St. Louis.

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