Holland, Michigan FBO expands offerings as part of new regional chain
Vision Air Center, the lone FBO at West Michigan Regional Airport (KBIV) in Holland, Michigan, is soaring to new heights. What was once a small “mom and pop” operation can now reap the benefits of a regional chain, while still providing the personalized service its customers appreciate.
The operation, formerly known as Tulip Air Service, is one of the few remaining FBOs that are full service. The facility, which has operated for more than half a century, offers a complete slate of services, including aircraft sales, charter/management, maintenance and flight training. The location has recently grown its fleet of charter aircraft and rentals.
“We have an extensive fleet of 20 aircraft to provide for training and private charter purposes and offer everything from the Cessna 414 to the Falcon 2000,” said President and CEO of Vision Air Center Terry Boer. “This allows us the opportunity to service customers at an introductory level and establish relationships with them that we can then build on for years to come.”
In addition to the new fleet offerings, the location has joined the Phillips® 66 Aviation branded FBO network, which – in part – has helped revamp its training and procedures. Through Phillips 66, the FBO has access to NATA Safety 1st Online Training and a variety of seminars and workshops hosted by Phillips 66.
Upcoming improvements to the FBO and airport include a runway rehabilitation, granted by the FAA, as well as increased hangar space. Boer expects to double the size of their 30,000 square feet of hangar space, in order to accommodate Gulfstream jets.
The FBO is part of a chain that includes two other locations: one in Muskegon, Michigan at Muskegon County Airport (KMKG) and soon-to-be Traverse City, Michigan at Cherry Capital Airport (KTVC).
Boer purchased Tulip City Air in 2017. At the time, he owned Executive Air Transport (KMKG) in Muskegon, which needed more capacity and was a mirror operation of the Holland FBO, which was less than 40 miles away. He then rebranded all locations under the Vision Air name in 2019 in order to improve efficiencies among the locations and grow the business.
In addition to the reliable, competitively-priced Jet-A and UL100, the FBO offers Phillips 66 Aviation Contract Fuel, which provides discounted fuel nationwide and a streamlined fueling process with no cards, no releases. The location also participates in the Phillips 66 WingPoints Rewards program.
For more details about Vision Air Center, visit visionaircenter.com.
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