Great Circle Aviation Services, LLC. is a company founded, owned and operated by the brothers Dave and Ted Waite of Brimley, Michigan. The two share a passion for aviation and between them have served in all aspects of the field from pilot to mechanic to instructor. Decades of work with the Army, Navy, and Department of State Air Wing took them to countries all over the globe before retirement allowed them to return to the Sault in 2015. The specialty of their business is aircraft maintenance and repair, and the shared expertise they bring provide new opportunities to the airport and the community.
In addition to regular fixed-base operator activities, GCAS is set to "enhance the aviation aspect of Sault Ste. Marie" by expanding the airport's current offerings to include airplane repair, aircraft charters/rentals, and notably, opportunities for aviation education.
GCAS has also expanded the concierge services offered by the airport. Office manager and concierge Dolly Waite coordinates accommodations for incoming pilots and passengers, helping to arrange their stay in the Sault from hotels and transportation to stops at local attractions.
GCAS is a 100% veteran-owned company and was founded in 2015. Sanderson Field is the second of the company's locations. The first is an aircraft repair base at the Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) located in Kincheloe, Michigan.
Dave Waite on the job in Colombia.
GCAS co-owner Ted Waite.