Valair aviation: from black hawks to the boys and girls club
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.
The Phillips 66® Aviation branded facility believes in safety training for all employees – from customer service representative to line technicians.
"We take advantage of the NATA Safety 1st Online Training offered by Phillips 66," said Shannon Wills, Customer Service Representative. "The more knowledge that our staff has, the safer our facility will run, and safety is a top priority here at Valair."
Serving Those Who Serve Us
As a full service maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and fixed base operator (FBO), Valair is a one-stop facility for aviation customers. And since April 2015 when the FBO was awarded a multi-year fuel contract with Defense Logistics Agency Energy, many of their customers are uniformed officers proudly serving our country.
"When they fly in, they fly in strong," said Wills. "At least twice a month, two to three Black Hawks will land at Valair to fuel up which requires approximately 4,000 gallons. Our employees and the surrounding community definitely hear them before they arrive."
So before they arrive, as a complimentary gesture, Valair has pizza and soda waiting for the soldiers who stop in at the FBO to recharge their batteries, relaxing in the pilot’s lounge or utilizing the FBO’s private facilities to debrief before the next stop.
Community Centric at the Core
Valair supports the local community through a number of initiatives, including being a host location for the Wings of Freedom Tour and Flight for Futures – one event that nods to the past, while the other supports the future.
"This is the second year that Valair hosted The Wings of Freedom Tour and I believe there’s interest to come back for a third," said Wills.
The public event attracted a wide-array of attendees, including older crowds who came to reminisce around the War Birds that included a WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell and a North American P-51 Mustang.
"The Wings of Freedom Tour is a great fit for Oklahoma City which has been a center of influence in the aerospace industry for more than a century," said Darryl Wilkerson, President of Valair Aviation.
Another event that brings in crowds from far and wide is the Flight for Futures. Held every summer at Valair, the event raises money to support the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County. Attendees spill out of Valair’s Hangar 9, enjoying live music, great food and libations. One of last year’s raffle prizes included a trip to Cancun, Mexico – of course airfare was also included.
To learn more about Valair Aviation, visit their website at http://valairaviation.com/servicecenter-fbo.