Sheltair’s chairman, CEO, owner and founder Gerald M. Holland was inducted into the Florida Aviation Business Association Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame on June 20.

The hall of fame honors those who make significant contributions to Florida’s bizav industry. The inductees have drawn on their professionalism and integrity to ensure the aviation industry will flourish, inspiring others to make aviation their passion. As the head of Sheltair, Holland has done just that.

It began in 1963 when Holland, after serving in the military, founded a Fort Lauderdale-based real estate development and construction firm: Holland Builders, Inc. The company enjoyed continued growth over the following 25 years. Under Holland’s leadership, the firm—and its subsequent subsidiary companies and related affiliates—moved into the aviation industry with the formation of Sheltair Aviation in 1988.

Beginning with the construction of two FBOs, Sheltair has grown to become one of the nation’s leading providers of aviation-related services with 17 award-winning FBOs along the Eastern U.S. Seaboard (11 in Florida), aviation property management and leasing, office and hangar construction, and more. Sheltair’s development projects across nearly 30 years of business have created numerous opportunities to—and a growing passion for—serving the general aviation market.

With these developments, Holland and Sheltair invest in the airport communities they serve. The FBOs attract general aviation customers who support the economic vitality of the airports and communities in which they preside. Holland and his team continue to expand these services into markets throughout the U.S. through leasing and development opportunities, as well as FBO acquisition.

Holland developed Sheltair into one of general aviation’s largest independently-owned businesses—a statement few can still use today. This spirit of independence drives the company to provide legendary services and customer care. The motto, “Diversified in services. Unified to serve,” is not just Sheltair’s slogan, but a real representation of the company’s brand and commitment to excellence.

Holland attributes Sheltair’s success to its people, understanding that it’s truly the people, not just the commodity, that makes the difference. For this reason, Sheltair strongly believes in the importance of providing educational opportunities to the people who support our industry. The company supports continued education and professional development opportunities with scholarships through the Experimental Aircraft Association and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Human ingenuity has always been the catalyst for growth in the aviation industry,” said Holland, “and in today’s technology-driven world, this can only come from motivated, passionate and highly-skilled people.”

Holland remains active in the aviation business — headquartered in Fort Lauderdale — serving as a mentor to the leadership team at Sheltair and providing strategic direction for its growth initiatives.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / May 22, 2017 / GENERAL AVIATION NEWS – Representatives of the Sheltair team join Avfuel Corporation in booth G88 at EBACE 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, to network with international operators, educating them on Sheltair’s array of services across its 17 FBO locations.

Most notably, six of the 17 locations (SAV, TPA, ORL, FLL, FRG and FOK) are undergoing hangar developments. The projects are now pre-leasing so operators can secure a priority space immediately.

The Sheltair SAV team in Savannah, Ga., commemorated the completion of its newest hangar with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 29—this hangar is already full and plans are underway for a third hangar, expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

At its newest location in Tampa, Fla., Sheltair (TPA) began construction on a 32,000 square foot hangar, expected to be completed this fall.

Sheltair ORL in Orlando, Fla., finished Phase I of its development project this month, featuring two new hangar facilities totaling 22,600 square feet of hangar space and 3,600 square feet of office space, including state-of-the-art administrative support. Limited space is still available. Phase II of Sheltair ORL’s development project—scheduled to begin July 1—features a new, 30,000 square foot executive terminal to be completed within a year.

Sheltair FLL in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is on track to complete its Westside Hangar Complex expansion this fall. Situated outside the Lago Mar TFR zone and designated as a gateway airport, Sheltair FLL is the perfect South Florida destination when the president’s in town.

Hangars are also under construction at Sheltair FRG in Farmingdale, N.Y.—just a 12 minute helicopter ride to the heart of Manhattan. Sheltair FRG is a prime option for operators wanting to avoid taxiway delays and the congestion experienced at other New York metropolitan airports. The construction of two hangars totaling 70,000 square feet is expected to be completed this winter; pre-leasing is now available. 

Sheltair’s Westhampton Beach, N.Y., location (FOK) is also constructing hangars. Operators flying in for a summer in the Hamptons can’t miss the sight of a new, 25,000 square foot hangar complex taking shape at the FBO.  Sheltair FOK offers its operators flexible leasing terms for seasonal and yearly hangar space.  

In addition to its property developments, Sheltair also offers international operators the benefit of duty free shopping at three of its New York metro airports: Westhampton Beach (FOK), Farmingdale (FRG) and New York (JFK). Sheltair JFK also offers exterior aircraft cleaning while Sheltair LGA (La Guardia) now offers biometrics for U.S. clearance.

Talk with Sheltair representatives at EBACE in the Avfuel booth (G88) to learn more about how the Sheltair network can benefit your international operations.

For more leasing information, visit us at EBACE in booth G88 or at; or call William McShane, vice president of business development and special projects, at +1 631.244.1200.



Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 17 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties.


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Contacts:          Avfuel Corporation: Marci Ammerman, Vice President Marketing, 734-663-6466, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,,, Twitter: @Avfuel

Sheltair: Karen Kroeppel, Director of Sales and Marketing, 631-610-4090, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,,, Twitter: @SHELTAIR       



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