"We want to keep you flying!"
                                                  ~ Kirk Ramsey, A&P/IA

AOPA REGIONAL FLY-IN: 

NOVEMBER 7th & 8th, 2014 

KSSI was chosen as the 7th and final location for the AOPA Regional Fly-In for 2014! With over 500 airplanes flying into KSSI, Runway 16/34 was closed for aircraft parking on both sides, the FBO's ramp was full and all hangars were packed! Kicking the weekend off with a BANG, The Cessna Pilot's Society, the AOPA and Golden Isles Aviation put on their first ever "Barnstormer Dinner" for the early arrivals, Friday the 7th! Live Bluegrass music, Southern Soul BBQ, the stringed lights, multiple bonfires, standing heaters, s'mores and good company filled the chilly night air; creating a welcoming and memorable atmosphere for local aviators and newcomers alike. Early Saturday morning, the 8th, "Air Boss" assisted in directing hundreds of planes down Runway 4/22 while a Pancake Breakfast was provided by our local EAA Chapter #905. The EAA also had a 1945 B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed "Aluminum Overcast," on display and offering daily rides throughout the weekend. The day was packed with many different seminars, well-known speakers in the Aviation world, lots of food, numerous planes on display and exhibitors from different manufacturers displaying their latest avionics, parts and equipment! What an amazing opportunity it was to have the chance to be a part of this wonderful event! Recently moving into our new location (11 SE Apron Drive, SSI) certainly had its benefits! We were able to be a part of the action throughout the event on Saturday, giving pilots and/or aircraft owners the opportunity to check out our new shop! We fully enjoyed mingling with everyone in attendance (current customers and future customers) and we truly appreciate those who took a few moments to stop by and introduce themselves! A BIG Thank You to the AOPA for choosing KSSI to be the location of their last Regional Fly-In of the year!


-- Check out  a few pictures from the event, below!

(If you have any pictures from the event of P.A.R., please feel free to e-mail them to our Office Manager at Courtney@palmettoaviation.com so we can add them to our site!) 

Palmetto Aviation Repair specializes in general aircraft maintenance from Cessna 150's up to Pilatus PC12 and Beechcraft King Air Series.  Staffed with A&P and I.A. Certified Mechanics, P.A.R. services the local aviation community of St. Simons Island, Georgia and visiting aviators of the outer coastal regions.  

  • Annuals/100 Hour Inspections
  • Pre-purchases
  • 25/50 hour oil changes    
  • Repairs of engine & airframe 
  • Dynamic Propeller Balancing

             Winn Baker

A regular customer at Palmetto Aviation Repair for many years, Winn was selected and inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013.


The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame has announced that Samuel Winn Baker is one of three honorees selected for recognition and induction in 2013. The Glynn County Airport Commission nominated Winn Baker for this honor because of his extraordinary career in aviation logging more than 40,000 hours of flight time and making important contributions to aviation in the Glynn County area.  


Baker says that, as long as he can remember, flying has been “all I ever wanted to do.” Born into an aviation family, he learned to fly from his father, Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame legend Francis Anderson “Sam” Baker, at the age of eight, “as soon as I could reach the pedals.” By age 12, Winn was executing takeoffs and landings at Brunswick Air Park, where his father was the fixed base operator. He soloed in a Piper Vagabond on his 16th birthday and received his private pilot’s license exactly one year later. Days after his 19th birthday, he was awarded his commercial license. By age 22, he added an instrument rating, Flight Instructor Certificate, and a multi-engine rating to his resume.  


Between his duties as a flight instructor and charter pilot for his family’s company, Baker Flying Service, Baker worked as a commercial pilot for local scheduled carrier Golden Isles Airline and corporate pilot for a Brunswick manufacturing company.


In 1963, Baker applied to Delta Air Lines, who hired him on the spot. He began flight school with 6,383 hours of flight time already under his belt and was on the line by January 1964. A long and distinguished career was launched, with Baker filling all cockpit positions, beginning as flight engineer. In his career with Delta, he flew as captain of the DC9, 727, 757 and 767. He flew as international captain on the 767 from 1991 until his retirement in 1996. He continues to fly today as an instructor, having taught almost 300 people to fly, as well as a charter and demonstration pilot encouraging aviation business development in Georgia.


In 2005, Baker received the Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration, which recognizes 50 consecutive years of flying without incident, accident or violations. He has flown innumerable aerial search-and-rescue missions at the request of law enforcement and families. His skill and knowledge of coastal waterways and topography have saved a number of lives, alerting searchers to the location of stranded, injured and missing boaters, sportsmen, swimmers and hikers. Piloting observation flights for state and national wildlife preservation organizations, he has participated in population counts for endangered coastal and maritime species.


Baker is also an active advocate of historic aviation. He is one of three captains in the nation chosen to fly vintage DC-3 and Travelair 6000 aircraft to events for the Delta Air Lines Heritage Museum.


Congratulations Winn!

Local Aviation Group Awarded CAP Contract,  The Islander, Nov. 23, 2009
Palmetto Aviation Repair, located at Malcom McKinnon Airport on St. Simons Island, has been awarded a five year contract for maintenance on Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft in southeast Georgia.  Previously the Brunswick Senior Squadron had to have their Cessna 172 serviced in Covington, Georgia, a two hour one way trip. CAP aircraft are subject to strict maintenance regulations including inspection and oil change at 50 hours of flight time and complete power plant and air frame inspection at 100 hours.  The Brunswick Squadron logs approximately 20 hours a month of flight time during regularly scheduled Sundown Patrols.  A mission ready crew is always on stand by for search and rescue calls.  The CAP is the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force which provides emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs nationwide.
Palmetto Aviation Repair, located at Malcom McKinnon Airport on St. Simons Island, has been awarded a five year contract for maintenance on Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft in southeast Georgia.  Previously the Brunswick Senior Squadron had to have their Cessna 172 serviced in Covington, Georgia, a two hour one way trip. CAP aircraft are subject to strict maintenance regulations including inspection and oil change at 50 hours of flight time and complete power plant and air frame inspection at 100 hours.  The Brunswick Squadron logs approximately 20 hours a month of flight time during regularly scheduled Sundown Patrols.  A mission ready crew is always on stand by for search and rescue calls.  The CAP is the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force which provides emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs nationwide.