SAVANNAH, Ga., April 23, 2014 – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently named Tony Swift its first field service representative (FSR) in Africa. Swift, who is based in South Africa, reports to Ken Maxwell, senior manager, International Field Service Operations, Gulfstream.
Swift acts as the liaison between the company and Gulfstream operators based in or traveling through Africa. His responsibilities include providing technical guidance on methods and procedures pertaining to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, facilitating full resolution of any technical issue that arises, and serving as a technical advisor to operators.
“The volume of Gulfstream traffic in Africa continues to grow,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “Tony’s technical expertise and familiarity with the continent, particularly his native country of South Africa, where we have nearly 20 aircraft, are tremendous assets for our operators.”
From October 2010 to March 2014, Swift was an FSR for Gulfstream operators in northern New Jersey, with primary responsibility for the Gulfstream-frequented Teterboro, Morristown and Newark airports.
From October 2004 until September 2010, Swift was a member of the Gulfstream Contractor Logistics Support team at Chievres Air Base in Belgium. As a shift lead, Swift managed the day-to-day maintenance of a C-37A (Gulfstream GV) aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
Swift joined Gulfstream in 1999, working as a technician at the Savannah service center. He was later promoted to mechanical team lead.
Before joining Gulfstream, Swift was a line technician for Signature Flight Support at New York’s Westchester County Airport.
Swift earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to immigrating to the United States in April 1997, he was an aircraft mechanic for five years in the South African Air Force. He holds a South Africa Civil Aviation Authority aircraft and engine license, the equivalent of a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration aircraft and powerplant license, and is a certified FlightSafety International Master Technician for the G550/G500 and GV.