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There’s something about watching planes taking off and landing that fascinates children and adults alike. Many individuals share a similar childhood memory, with trips to the local airport with mom, dad, grandpa or grandma for a free aerial show. Working in the aviation industry rarely diminishes this love.
As with many who work in the aviation industry, it just sort of happened. And once you get a taste of the industry, many end up becoming "lifers." Such is the story with Jefferson City Flying Service (JCFS) partner, Grant Shorthose.
Midwesterners are very often viewed as friendlier than your average American, and Silverhawk Aviation’s family of 80 employees continues to reinforce this positive stereotype, doing whatever it takes to provide their customers with a great experience from takeoff to touch down.
There are a number of fables that exist about the origination of the name Phillips 66® ... Frank Phillips was 66 years old when he started the company ... brothers Frank and L.E. Phillips had only $66 left between them when they hit their first oil well. While these are interesting theories, they are not true. What is true is Phillips 66 is a nod to the iconic Route 66. Plus it sounded catchy. How fitting that Phillips 66® Aviation branded FBO Midwest Premier SGF Aviation (Midwest Premier) services Springfield, Missouri, nicknamed the "Birthplace of Route 66."
Longtime Phillips 66® Aviation branded location, Central Missouri Aviation, Inc. (CMA) is coming up on their 40th anniversary in aviation – no small feat for any business. So what’s the secret to the FBO’s success?
Centrally located on Wiley Post Airport (KPWA) in Oklahoma City, Valair Aviation (Valair) has a history just as rich as the airport’s famed aviator namesake. Dating back to the World War II-era, Valair, originally known as the ServiCenter, has delivered customized solutions to private, commercial and government customers operating turbine and mid-size corporate jets for the past 70 years.
With more than 20,000 hours of flying time between them, Westjet Air Center, Inc. (Westjet) owners Don and Linda Rydstrom know a thing or two about truly catering to the needs of their aviation customers.
Ask any FBO owner and they’ll tell you how vital great customer service is to the success of their business not only in maintaining and growing a customer base, but also in setting the organization apart from the rest. No one understands this more than Jag Gill, President of Gill Aviation, an FBO that services David Wayne Hooks Airport (KDWH).
Elliott Aviation is a second-generation, family-owned and operated business that has serviced the Quad Cities territory and beyond since 1936. What began as a business built on a passion for aviation has evolved over the years into a multifaceted aviation company that develops and delivers aviation solutions based on the ever-changing needs of the marketplace, flying ahead of trends and changes in technology.
Traveling whether by plane, train or automobile, gets a person from point A to point B. Landing at TAC Air TYS helps travelers along their journey with award-winning ground services, quick turns and the most competitive prices on Jet-A and 100LL Phillips 66® Aviation fuel.
Politeness costs little and yields much. That's certainly the case with Texas Jet, servicing travelers flying in and out of Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW). Texas Jet has been a branded Phillips 66® Aviation dealer for the past 35 years and has made quite a name for itself both in the local community and in the aviation industry.
Lawton Aviation Services, a division of the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority, is Lawton-Fort Sill's and Southwest Oklahoma's premier full-service FBO. It services private, corporate, commercial and military aircraft and has a wide range of capabilities to accommodate any aviation need. They specialize in fuel handling – providing Phillips 66® Aviation fuel, hangar rental, tie down space, aircraft leasing, flight instruction, aircraft maintenance and aircraft detailing.
Dave and Steve Perry are the brothers behind Perry Brothers Aviation Fuels, a Phillips 66® Aviation marketer that services approximately 35 FBOs in the southern US. They’ve been with Phillips 66 since 1990 and branded their first FBO in 2002. They started out small, with one used 2,200 gallon jet refueler, and have been building a fleet of trucks, loyal employees and a loyal customer base, ever since.
Phillips 66® Aviation branded Gulf Aviation, Inc. has been in the FBO business at Valley International Airport (KHRL) for over the past 37 years. With a background in aircraft mechanics, founder David Garza started the company in his mid-twenties. Overcoming economic recessions and competitors, Garza and his wife, Elena, built up the business from a one-man show to where it stands today.
Tulsair Beechcraft (Tulsair) is a family-owned and operated Phillips 66® Aviation branded FBO that proudly operates in the heart of the South, servicing Tulsa International Airport (KTUL) in Oklahoma and Millington Regional Jetport (KNQA) in Tennessee.
A little over a year ago Phillips 66® Aviation featured Cutter Aviation as its Featured FBO. And what’s new with the oldest family owned and operated FBO in the U.S.? A lot. A whole lot. Cutter Aviation may be operating in its golden years as it approaches its 90th anniversary, but shows absolutely no signs of slowing down with a brand new FBO facility in Arizona, a hangar and office complex in Texas and a new executive terminal and fuel farm in the works in Colorado.
Phillips 66® Aviation branded Purdue Aviation, LLC is a full-service FBO located at the Purdue University Airport (KLAF), the second-busiest airport in the state. It offers premium flight support for all types of aircraft with services that include the expected FBO offerings like fuel sales, aircraft maintenance, flight training, aircraft rental and aircraft sales.
Will Rogers World Airport is named after the local legendary cowboy and comedian, Will Rogers, who famously said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” The folks at the Phillips 66® Aviation branded FBO, AAR Aircraft Services (AAR), take this mantra to heart, providing outstanding customer service, year after year, and acting as the welcome wagon for those landing in Oklahoma City.
Owners of Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) typically wear a number of hats when managing the daily operations of their facilities – customer service representative, aircraft mechanic, fueler, charter operator, weatherman … the list goes on and on. However, not every owner can say they serve as assistant fire chief of the airport. Dick Bosn, Valley Airways owner, can.
In December 2013, South Bend International Airport issued a request for proposals to create a new fixed base operator (FBO) in South Bend. Randy Jones felt like he was the perfect person to take on the challenge.
A stone's throw from the Missouri River and not far from the Platte River – reliable workhorses of commerce since the day fur pelts became a hot commodity – there's a mid-continent FBO that, like its host city, has long been a transportation hub for some of the nation’s most recognized businesses. If Omaha is the nation’s “Gateway to the West,” a nickname established 162 years ago, you might say that TAC Air at Eppley Field (KOMA) is Omaha’s "Gateway to Business," with a reputation for satisfying the needs of pilots and passengers from Fortune 500 firms.
Ask Ron Ciaravella, owner of Dolphin Aviation at Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ), how the two-time national vintage race car champion, Learjet pilot and former international salesman for Cessna tripled the size of his FBO, and he’ll start interviewing you. For Ciaravella seems more interested in learning about others than in talking about his own success building an FBO serving the Florida Gulf Coast and its growing Sarasota-Bradenton region.
When the votes from thousands of pilots are counted each year during customer service surveys covering the nation’s fixed base operators (FBOs), Business Jet Center at Love Field (KDAL) in Dallas always flies at the top. Last year alone, the family-owned Business Jet Center was number two on FltPlan.com’s Pilots’ Choice Awards, was named one the best independent FBOs in Professional Pilot’s PHRASE survey, and notched a top 20 percent showing in the annual Aviation International News (AIN) survey. It doesn’t matter which survey pilots take, the full-service Business Jet Center in Dallas perennially places near the head of the class.
This time of year, Salt Lake City is bustling with ski bunnies, boarders and après skiers alike, who come to traverse down some of the finest slopes in the world. Whether you’re backcountry hiking to access hidden powder gems, or gliding down the green beginner trails, when it gets cold outside, Salt Lake City becomes the hot destination. And while it can’t control the conditions on the nearby mountains, TAC Air Salt Lake City (TAC Air SLC) can control the ice, with top-notch de-icing capabilities at its Phillips 66 branded FBO.
Trego-Dugan Aviation – FBO of the Plains With a Midwest Work Ethic
Phillips 66® Aviation branded Trego-Dugan Aviation has been in the business for the past 50-plus years, and shows no sign of slowing down. The FBO of the Plains just made headlines following the November 3rd grand opening of its newest facility in Grand Island, servicing flights in and out of Central Nebraska Regional Airport (KGRI). Trego-Dugan also has a presence at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) and North Platte Regional Airport (KLBF).
Arrow Energy – Providing Large Scale Service To Mid-Sized FBOs
Arrow Energy is a value-added reseller of Phillips 66® Aviation branded fuel. Customers vary from airports, airlines, air charter operators, aerial applicators, heliports and corporation flight departments, as well as more than 60 Phillips 66 branded small-to-midsized FBOs. In short, Arrow Energy propels aviation in 12 states for Phillips 66, from the Great Lakes region to Texas, to several places in between.
REGIONAL JET CENTER: SUPPORTING THE BUSTLING CITY OF BENTONVILLE
With a population of just over 40,000, the town of Bentonville might not be considered a tourist attraction or even a final destination for many travelers. However, the tenth-largest city in Arkansas welcomes approximately 14,000 visitors every June for Walmart's annual shareholder's meeting. The world's largest retailer maintains headquarters in Bentonville, and every summer the 8,800 foot runway at Regional Jet Center heats up with Walmart employees coming in from all over the world on 737s and 757s. Folks at the Phillips 66 Aviation branded FBO fondly refer to this hectic time as "Walmart Week."
HENRIKSEN JET CENTER HAS TEXAS COVERED WITH THE WORLD’S LARGEST ARRIVAL CANOPY
According to Weather.com, Houston and Austin, Texas, averages almost 100 days per year with temperatures of 90°F. Needless to say, Texas is hot, but Phillips 66® Aviation branded Henriksen Jet Center has a convenient solution for customers landing at its Houston and Austin facilities to beat the heat – arrival canopies. While both FBO facilities have this amenity, Henriksen Houston boasts the world's largest FBO arrival canopy, measuring 32,800 square feet. Pilots and passengers alike can deplane in the shade, under a roomy space large enough to cover a pair of Boeing Business Jets parked side by side.
CUTTER AVIATION AND PHILLIPS 66: A 77-YEAR RELATIONSHIP STILL GOING STRONG
Cutter Aviation knows a thing or two about maintaining long-term relationships. The oldest family owned and operated FBO in America is also the oldest Phillips 66® Aviation branded FBO in the network of 800-plus. The FBO has carved a niche for itself in the industry by operating under the same principles founder William P. Cutter established in 1928 – respect, trust and integrity.
TULSAIR BEECHCRAFT: LONGEVITY AT ITS CORE – CELEBRATING 70 YEARS
According to Forbes Magazine, 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled by a family. Tulsair Beechcraft, Inc. (Tulsair) is no different. For seven decades Tulsair has served its customers with the utmost safety, dedication, expertise and professionalism.
A DEVELOPING SUBURB FUELS AIR TRAFFIC TO GILL AVIATION
Located just twenty miles north of Houston is Spring, Texas — a suburb where families move to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Jag Gill and his wife, Pinder, originally from England, have called it home for the past twenty-five years. They are the owners and operators of Gill Aviation, a full-service, Phillips 66®-branded FBO that services David Wayne Hooks Airport.
CHRISTIANSEN AVIATION: SUPPORTING PILOTS OF TOMORROW
According to a recent article published in Aviation Week & Space Technology, there is an inevitable shortage of U.S. pilots in the near future. There are a number of reasons that are contributing to this perfect storm; one is that not enough students are electing to pick a career manning a cockpit. Bill Christiansen, owner of Phillips 66® Aviation-branded FBO Christiansen Aviation Inc., is doing his part to help the next generation of pilots earn their wings.
New FBO hires are typically required to take orientation classes that cover topics such as safety, quality control, line operations, etc. However, history lessons are generally not included on the training roster. Not the case with Lane Aviation, an FBO celebrating its 80th year serving aviation customers at Port Columbus International (CMH).
According to the Small Business Association, approximately half of new establishments survive five years or more and about one-third survive 10 years or more. This year, Holman Aviation is celebrating a diamond anniversary - its 65th year in business. It's no small feat for a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) practically as old as the airport it resides, Great Falls International Airport (GTF).
TEXAS AERO: SERVICING CENTRAL TEXAS, PRESIDENTS AND BEARS
It takes a certain type of person to pilot a personal jet aircraft. Of course you need proper training, a pilot's license and hundreds, if not thousands of flying hours under your belt. But pilots also need to be decisive when making decisions in the air, diligent when taking essential safety precautions and enjoy living life a bit on the edge. Billy Meyer, owner of Texas Aero, Phillips 66®-branded Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in Waco, embodies all of these characteristics, and then some, both in the air and on the ground.
LASILL AVIATION: A COMFORTABLE SPACE THAT WELCOMES PILOTS, PLANES AND CONVERSATIONS
You know that welcomed feeling you get when you walk into your favorite coffee shop, pub or diner? You pull up a chair, order a coffee, pint or slice of homemade apple pie and just relax. It's a comfortable space where you can turn to the patron next to you and strike up a conversation. That's the feeling that customers get when they land at Fixed Base Operator (FBO) LaSill Aviation (LaSill).
When the summer winds down and the weather grows brisk, those that like it hot descend on Florida to take advantage of the white sand beaches, sunshine and weather that never seems to tire of being picture perfect, besides the occasional rain shower. Located at Opa-locka Executive Airport (KOPF) is Fontainebleau Aviation (Fontainebleau), a Phillips 66®-branded dealer that knows a thing or two about the pursuit of perfection.
FBO WITH HUMBLE BEGINNINGS MAKES A NAME FOR ITSELF IN A BIG WAY
Located about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta at the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport (KVPC) is Phoenix Air Group, Inc. – more commonly called Phoenix Air – a Phillips 66®-branded dealer that has gained a lot of unsolicited publicity in the past few months. Senior Vice President and COO Dent Thompson likes to refer to Phoenix Air as "the largest company you've never heard of." However, new articles and high-profile visits by Georgia's Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and others, are trying to prove him wrong.
Most people can't wait to check into Big Sky Country, drawn by stunning wilderness, startlingly blue bass-filled lakes, clear streams dripping with iridescent trout, and millions of unspoiled acres roamed by grizzly and black bears, sly wolves, stately moose, plentiful deer and elk, lithe mountain goats and 300-pound sheep wearing magnificent, curled horns.
YINGLING AVIATION KEEPS 11,000-YEAR-OLD MID-CONTINENT TRADITION THRIVING ON THE PLAINS
This place on the sprawling American plains, flanking the Arkansas River smack in the middle of the continent, has been bringing people together to conduct business for years, eleven thousand of them, in fact.
STRIKING IT RICH AT MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL’S CIRRUS FLIGHT OPERATIONS
If you're fortunate enough to refuel your aircraft with the neighborly folks at Cirrus Flight Operations, serving Anoka County Airport (KANE) just outside Minneapolis-St. Paul, it may be your lucky day.
THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY LEADERSHIP HAS TIFFIN AIRE TUGGING AT CUSTOMERS’ LOYALTY
It all started when Dwight and Jeanne Gnepper traded in their tractor and 43 acres of farmland to harvest a different kind of crop, one not bound by the earth's soil.
Forty-five years later, the Gneppers' harvest has yielded an aviation business recognized the world over for overhauling propellers, creating an airplane tug that can be operated by a single person, and serving fliers with three generations of family care.
IN A REGION RENOWN FOR ITS COLOR, HERITAGE AVIATION GOES GREEN
Flying past Mount Mansfield and a rolling carpet of Vermont trees painted yellow, orange and deep red like a never-ending spray of dazzling flowers, you prepare to touch down near Lake Champlain, it's crisp water so brilliantly blue you may forget you're about to land at one of the nation's greenest general aviation facilities.
Stepping out of a business jet under a broad Gulf Coast sky, you discover a Golden Retriever sitting on a red carpet to greet you. A smiling dog named Sadie that happens to be wearing an orange safety vest, airport badge and headset. By the time you finish rubbing your eyes, the crew car pulls up. A screaming red 1970 Pontiac GTO ragtop convertible. With a license plate that reads "GR-RRR!"
HANGAR 10 ON A NOVEL MISSION TO COAX AIRCRAFT SALES THROUGH COACHING
There's a team of personal trainers at Hangar 10 – a perennial pilots' survey favorite serving Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC). But they're not working in the fixed base operator's large, decked-out fitness center featuring men's and women's locker rooms with showers.
An hour's east from one of the world's busiest airports, its ramps bustling with high-flying commercial airlines, cargo jets and pilots, sits a small airport in an unassuming city that may hold the secret to aviation's future well-being.
WESTERN AVIATION: NEW FBO GROWS ITS FUTURE ON AVIATION’S HISTORIC ROOTS
Hugging the banks where the Spokane River runs smooth and wide, one of the world's oldest airfields welcomes seaplanes with open arms, providing a level of service usually reserved by fixed base operators for their ramp customers.
MUSTANG AVIATION: SPOILING CUSTOMERS IN AN UNSPOILED LAND
A couple of hundred miles to the north, a shale oil boom is changing towns and countryside, but here in the capital of South Dakota, another treasure is being discovered by a nation bent on urbanization – Pierre's unspoiled natural resources.
FROM HULKING C-5S TO TRICYCLE-GEAR C-150S, THEY ALL GET TREATED THE SAME AT HOLMAN AVIATION
On a wide plateau near the roiling Missouri River waterfalls that once proved inhospitable to explorers Lewis and Clark, there's a general aviation dealer waiting with open arms, prepared to treat all comers with a hearty welcome, be they deplaning from a massive Lockheed C-5 or a diminutive Cessna C-150.
ELLIOTT AVIATION: STANDING THE TEST OF TIME SINCE 1936
At night, long after his shift as a mechanic for a tractor maker was over, Herb Elliott would play bass fiddle in a band, pocketing extra money for a dream, while mentally composing an aviation masterpiece.
UTAH’S LEGENDARY POWDER MATCHED BY PASSION FOR WINTER AVIATION AT TAC AIR SALT LAKE CITY
Each winter, drawn by fluffy, powdery snow falling in abundance along the soaring Wasatch Mountains, flocks of skiers and, yes, film celebrities descend in private aircraft to TAC Air's newest fixed base operations at Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) and Provo Municipal Airport (PVU).
RONSON AVIATION: FROM ANTICIPATION TO APPRECIATION
An hour from Manhattan, and even less to Philadelphia, the capitol of New Jersey is as strategic today as it was when General George Washington crossed an icy, storm-tossed Delaware River to surprise the British and their German mercenaries in the Battle of Trenton.
CUSTOMER FOCUS, COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP STEER CENTRAL FLORIDA’S SHOWALTER FLYING SERVICE
How do you host a large, multi-multi-million dollar display of the latest business aircraft, along with thousands of visitors and scores of additional flights, while running your normal fixed base operations like nothing is out of the ordinary?
When the world's biggest golf event rolls into Chicagoland in September – pro golfers, corporate sponsors, journalists and spectators pouring in from across the globe – DuPage Flight Center (KDPA) will be swinging for the pins with a full set of clubs.
40 YEARS YOUNG, CHRISTIANSEN JET CENTER SPREADS ITS WINGS FROM OKLAHOMA TO KENYA
Soaring in the shadow of cloud-piercing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, a student pilot can look past the western horizon for the origins of his Cessna T182RG trainer, a rare bird for the people of East Africa learning to fly.
CENTRAL TEXAS’ REDBIRD SKYPORT SENDS MOORE’S LAW FLYING
There's a high-tech maxim that's been a promise ever since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore envisioned it decades ago, that the number of transistors crammed onto a chip can double every 18 months. Moore's Law wasn't meant for general aviation, that is until Redbird Skyport began co-opting the concept as a prescription for revitalizing an industry.
FORWARD-THINKING DNA DRIVES NATIONAL JETS FBO FAMILY
It's the brand new, head-turning Learjet 45XR parked out front that gives it away. One of three ordered for a private charter fleet, its message is undeniable: this is not your everyday, family-run fixed base operator.
At sunset, flying low over the labyrinth of salt marshes, lush maritime forests and sandy beaches that lace together Georgia's Golden Isles, you realize there can be truth in advertising, that a place can live up to its name.