Conway, South Carolina – The North American Institute of Aviation of South Carolina, Inc., located at the Conway/Horry County Airport, regrets to announce a significant layoff of its staff members effective September 5, 2008. This layoff will result in the cessation of most training and flight activities conducted by the Institute. It will not result in the closure of North American Institute of Aviation, Conway/Horry County Airport, or the delivery of fuel and maintenance services to aircraft based at Conway/Horry County Airport or to transient aircraft.
North American Institute of Aviation has been located at Conway since 1978, having been founded in Hammonton, New Jersey in 1972. Since 1978, North American Institute of Aviation has trained thousands of local, domestic, and international professional pilots and Airframe and Powerplant technicians, provided service to thousands of transient and local aircraft, has employed hundreds of staff members, both local, national, and international in origin, and has had an impact on the local economy in the tens of millions of dollars. North American Institute of Aviation’s leadership and management intend to work with the Federal Aviation Administration, the South Carolina Department of Airports, the Horry County Department of Airports, and its customers and vendors to ensure that all necessary services at the airport are uninterrupted during this temporary downsizing, in the hopes that full staffing and full-scale operations can be resumed in the not too distant future.
Benjamin J. Creel, President