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Hill expands capabilities through strategic alliances
Atlanta's only family-owned and operated FBO Hill Aircraft is expanding the services it offers at Fulton County Executive airport. This will enhance its capabilities in charter, aircraft management and maintenance.
Hill Aircraft chairman and CEO Guy Hill Jr.

Since 1955, Hill Aircraft has offered a customer-focused 'Sensational Southern Service' to its customers, building client relationships that span decades. Now, its aircraft charter and management services will be joining the Priester family of companies as Hill Private Aviation, a move that gives its aircraft charter and management services nationwide infrastructure and resources. Its charter and management expertise in Atlanta complements Priester's in the US midwest and fellow Priester Aviation company, Mayo Aviation, in the Rocky Mountain West.

Guy Hill Jr will have continued involvement at Hill Private Aviation from its base from historic Fulton County airport, six nautical miles away from Atlanta's central business district. His on-site connection will further solidify the relationship between the three companies.

“We recognise how important 65 years of relationships are,” says chairman and CEO Andy Priester. “Now Hill, along with Priester and Mayo, can grow with added infrastructure and support, while still honouring and respecting what has already been built over the last six decades. Hill's culture and people have been central to its success. We're excited to engage Guy and his team as part of the larger Priester family as we thrive together.”

Bringing Hill Private Aviation into Priester's larger group of businesses continues Priester's strategy of alignment with customer-focused, family-led companies, that started with the 2022 acquisition of Mayo Aviation. Independent, family-run aviation companies keep their focus on empowering aircraft owners and charter customers, rather than shareholders or impersonal conglomerates.

“This is a culture of trust and loyalty that makes sense for us and for our customers,” continues Priester. “Just like our clients know that I'm ultimately the person they can talk to and answer any concerns, Guy Hill has led the way in Atlanta, and he'll still be doing that. When you're able to connect directly with the person whose name is on the door, that's significant.”

Hill Private Aviation management customers will be able to take advantage of larger Priester benefits such as fuel and insurance savings, as well as crew scheduling and training, and maintenance oversight.

“In growing, we looked for a company and family that shared the Hill values and understood our corporate culture,” says Hill. “Priester respects that and offers new ways to realise opportunities. It's the best of all situations.”

Priester, Mayo and Hill Private Aviation clients will be able to access Hill Aircraft's award-winning FBO at Fulton County airport, but the FBO will continue to operate independently under the legacy Hill Aircraft company name.

Hill Aircraft has also aligned itself with Stevens Aerospace for maintenance and parts services. MRO specialist Stevens has grown from a little-known aircraft service department to one with three locations at Greenville, South Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; and now a fourth at Hill Aircraft in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are excited to expand our footprint into the Atlanta area with a fixed location. Our mobile service unit has been serving Atlanta but with the addition of this hangar space, we can expand our passionate people delivering exceptional service,” says president Christian Sasfai.

Stevens will operate from the hangar previously occupied by Hill Aircraft's maintenance and parts departments. It brings exceptional expertise in maintaining and servicing the world's most advanced airframes, further improving the level of services for Hill Aircraft's customers and strengthening the capabilities available at its FBO location.

Hill Aircraft's strategic alliances with these two service providers, along with Duncan Avionics who has already been a long-time service partner on location, will create an elite combination of aviation support for customers.

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