FlyRight Soars to New Heights with Aviation Blvd. Relocation and Expansion
Cabarrus Economic Development
LeeAnn Nixon, existing industry project manager
704-782-4000, Ext. 8112
May 31, 2016 – CONCORD, NC – Cabarrus Economic Development announced today that FlyRight Inc. – a professional flight school attracting pilots from around the globe – will expand its business operations and relocate this summer to larger quarters at the Concord Airport Business Park Phase II.
FlyRight's current facility is located on West Winds Blvd. in the West Winds Business Park. The relocation and expansion project includes adding a second floor to the speculative building by The Silverman Group. The new facility will accommodate seven full-motion simulators, multiple classrooms and administrative office space, allowing FlyRight to enhance its current King Air training programs and expand its training to additional aircraft platforms.
President Matt Hapgood said FlyRight plans to begin training in the new 40,000-square-foot space in September and the expansion will provide the company with the additional training capacity it needs to meet the growing demand of the market.
“We’ve listened to our customers and we sense an increase in the demand and diversification of our services,” he said. “We plan to manage our growth while strategically adding equipment to our simulator fleet.”
The FlyRight project was facilitated by LeeAnn Nixon, EDC’s existing industry specialist who helps business owners grow and expand their business. Currently, the company has 22 full-time employees with an average annual wage of $60,000, but anticipates adding 10 more jobs with the expansion. The estimated investment in the FlyRight project is $5 million, half of which qualifies for grants approved by the City of Concord and Cabarrus County.
“We first supported FlyRight’s economic investment in Cabarrus back in 2008 and this new opportunity demonstrates it was a good decision,” said Chairman Steve Morris of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. “FlyRight’s workforce and state-of-the-art facility makes Cabarrus County a destination to many in the aviation industry. We’re glad to, once again, support their journey and help them grow their fleet.”
Mayor Scott Padgett added, “We are pleased about yet another expansion of this aviation-based business near Concord Regional Airport. The City Council is committed to growing existing businesses and thanks FlyRight for its commitment to Concord.”