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SOUTHERN AIR
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LOCATION:
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PHONE: 470-205-3434

Southern Air Group
fulfills wish for
family business
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pening an aircraft service center has been
a lifelong goal for brothers Steve Givens
and Cole Givens. At an early age, the two
learned to love aviation from their mother, taking
their first flight as babies and learning to fly and fix
airplanes when they
were just teenagers.
"In the 1970s
when our mom was
just 16 years old, she
started working at a
local FBO," Cole Givens
said. "She fell in love with the
atmosphere and ended up managing
two main shops for 32 years. We loved
the fact that we got to be at the airport
every day. We grew up there. Steve and I talked about
starting our own business since we were little kids. We
just worked hard and saved until we were ready to do
it."
In July 2018, the brothers opened Southern Air
Group at Covington Municipal Airport, 38 miles east
of downtown Atlanta. They chose the airport because
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of its plentiful available space and its notable growth
over the last 10 years, which included a recent runway
expansion.
"There are big movie studios coming in and the
town is really growing," Givens said. "We saw an
opportunity to grow
with the airport and
the surrounding
area."
With help from
their mom, Nancy, who
wrote all the manuals and
worked with the Federal Aviation
Administration, the brothers received
their Part 145 repair station certificate just
five months later in December, a much shorter
timeframe than expected.
"We were surprised at how quick it was," Givens
said. "I think it took 18 months for the previous shop
we worked for to get their certificate."
Off to a strong start
Today, the young men perform maintenance, repairs,



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