Keystone Aviation Recognized by FAA for Excellence in Maintenance Technician Training

KeystoneAviation_FAA_DiamondAwardKeystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, has received the FAA’s Diamond Award for excellence in Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Both the Salt Lake City, UT and Aurora, OR maintenance locations were recognized for their commitment to providing the highest level of training and knowledge to benefit Keystone’s employees, the company and the customers we serve.

KeystoneAviation_MaintenanceIn October 1991, AFS-300 determined there was a need for an incentive program to encourage AMTs and employers to participate aggressively in available initial and recurrent maintenance training courses. Through the AMT Awards Program, the FAA recognizes eligible technicians and employers by issuing awards to those who receive or promote and foster initial and recurrent training. Employers and individuals are recognized yearly, with Diamond Level being the highest award given to eligible employers.

KeystoneAviation_TurbineAs one of the few FAA Certified Class IV Repair Stations in the Intermountain West, Keystone Aviation is capable of repairing and maintaining any fixed wing aircraft. With aircraft service available 7 days a week, on-call maintenance support available 24 hours a day, and a world-wide reach, Keystone Aviation is available anytime and anywhere to provide The Complete Solution.

ABOUT KEYSTONE AVIATION:

Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is “The Complete Solution” for your aviation needs. For over 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been a premier provider of aircraft charter, management, maintenance, and sales and brokerage services. Our services enhance your business and elevate your personal life. Keystone Aviation is regularly audited by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), ARG/US and Wyvern. For more information, go to www.keystoneaviation.com.

Keystone Aviation Promotes Charlie Chamberlain

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Keystone Aviation is pleased to announce the promotion of Charlie Chamberlain to Managed Aircraft Sales Director. Mr. Chamberlain will be responsible for the nationwide growth of the Keystone Aviation managed and chartered aircraft fleet.

The Managed Aircraft Sales Director position was added in response to an increase in inquiries from prospective customers. The addition of the Managed Aircraft Sales Director position also allows customer service and other sales staff to focus on exceeding the expectations of existing customers.

In his seven years with the company, Mr. Chamberlain’s responsibilities have steadily increased from aircraft detailer to charter sales and now business development. “Charlie’s Keystone Aviation experience and his wide aviation industry connections make him a valuable addition to the Keystone sales team,” said Kim Page, Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Aviation. Mr. Chamberlain holds a B.S. in Marketing from The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

ABOUT KEYSTONE AVIATION:

Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is “The Complete Solution” for your aviation needs. For over 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been a premier provider of aircraft charter, management, maintenance, and sales and brokerage services. Our services enhance your business and elevate your personal life. Keystone Aviation is regularly audited by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), ARG/US and Wyvern. For more information, go to www.keystoneaviation.com.

TAC Air Becomes First IS-BAH Registered FBO Chain

Leadership team demonstrates commitment to best in class safety standards

DALLAS, Texas (November 16, 2016) – TAC Air, a fixed-base operator (FBO) with 14 locations across the country, today became the first FBO Chain to be issued the rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers.

“The International Business Aviation Council congratulates the entire TAC Air team in demonstrating such a strong commitment to building and maintaining a culture based on safety management and risk mitigation,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC.

IS-BAH accreditation involves a complete audit of an FBO’s safety management systems, emergency procedures, organizational structure, administrative elements, security procedures, training protocols, and operating procedure.

“We’d rather be better than lucky,” says Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO. “As we continue to grow our network, it becomes increasingly important to formalize our process for continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture already in place.” Sasfai adds, “We continue to make investments in building a strong customer service experience and one aspect of that is our commitment to a higher level of safety and risk management.“

Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.

TAC Air Becomes First FBO Chain to Complete the Audit Process for IS-BAH Registration

Leadership team demonstrates commitment to best in class safety standards

 DALLAS, Texas (November 8, 2016) – TAC Air has completed the audit process to become the first FBO Chain to be issued the rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers.

“The International Business Aviation Council congratulates the entire TAC Air team in demonstrating such a strong commitment to building and maintaining a culture based on safety management and risk mitigation,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC.

IS-BAH accreditation involves a complete audit of an FBO’s safety management systems, emergency procedures, organizational structure, administrative elements, security procedures, training protocols, and operating procedure.

“We’d rather be better than lucky,” says Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO.  “As we continue to grow our network, it becomes increasingly important to formalize our process for continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture already in place.”  Sasfai adds, “We continue to make investments in building a strong customer service experience and one aspect of that is our commitment to a higher level of safety and risk management.“

Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.

Mark Stevenson Joins Keystone Aviation

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Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, has added industry veteran Mark Stevenson to their Piper Aircraft sales team. Based in Denver, Colorado, Mark is responsible for the sale of new and pre-owned Piper aircraft in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.

Mark’s 20 years of aircraft sales experience ranges from light piston to large-cabin corporate jets.  He has been a standout performer at Cessna, Embraer and most recently, Jeppesen. He is an instrument and multiengine-rated pilot with a Citation type rating, and has flown throughout the Intermountain West for decades.

In January 2016, Piper Aircraft expanded Keystone Aviation’s sales territory into Colorado, New Mexico and eastern Wyoming. With the expansion came the need for experienced sales representation and Mark’s industry knowledge and familiarity with the sales territory make him an ideal fit for Keystone Aviation and for Piper Aircraft.

A TAC Air Company, Keystone Aviation offers “The Complete Solution” of charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage aviation services. For over 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been an industry leader in safety and innovation. In addition to Keystone Aviation’s proprietary safety management system (SMS), audits by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern are continually performed. For more, visit keystoneaviation.com.

Bruce Tanis Joins Keystone Aviation as Maintenance Service Manager

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Salt Lake City, Utah (August 11, 2016) – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, has announced the newest addition to their maintenance team, Bruce Tanis.  Bruce will serve as the service manager for Keystone Aviation’s piston maintenance department in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bruce grew up around aviation.  His father, who invented the Tanis Engine heater, was an A&P mechanic, a flight instructor, a corporate pilot and owned several FBOs. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bruce studied to become an aircraft mechanic.  For over 25 years, Bruce has refined his maintenance skills, including receiving his FAA inspection authority in 1993.  Not only does Bruce have extensive aircraft knowledge, but he also holds a current pilot’s license.

“A service manager with the experience of Bruce Tanis is an important part of ensuring we can meet the growing demand for our maintenance services,” said Shawn Miller, Keystone Aviation’s General Manager of Aircraft Maintenance.

As one of the few FAA Certified Class IV Repair Stations in the Intermountain West, Keystone Aviation is capable of repairing and maintaining any fixed wing aircraft.  Keystone Aviation’s experienced and dedicated maintenance department has factory trained technicians for Gulfstream, Hawker, Falcon, Citation, Bombardier, TBM, Piper, Cirrus, King Air, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce.

A TAC Air Company, Keystone Aviation offers “The Complete Solution” of charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage aviation services.  For over 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been an industry leader in safety and innovation. In addition to Keystone Aviation’s proprietary safety management system (SMS), audits by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern are continually performed.

Brian Miller Joins Keystone Aviation as Vice President of Aircraft Sales

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Salt Lake City, Utah (June 22, 2016) – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, has announced the addition of Brian Miller as Vice President of Aircraft Sales.  Mr. Miller will be responsible for managing the aircraft sales team for Keystone Aviation’s three aircraft dealerships representing Piper Aircraft, TBM by Daher and the HondaJet.  In addition, he will further develop Keystone’s aircraft brokerage business.

“With the recent expansion of our Piper and TBM sales territories along with the beginning of HondaJet customer deliveries, adding a sales professional like Brian Miller to our organization is an important step in ensuring we can successfully meet our customers’ needs,” said Kimberly Page, COO of Keystone Aviation.

Mr. Miller is an accomplished aircraft salesperson with vast sales leadership experience.  He has held aircraft sales positions with Bombardier Aerospace, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and most recently, Avjet Corporation.  He also served as the Vice President of North American Sales with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, where he led the jet sales team in the western United States and Canada.

Mr. Miller graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, and will reside in Salt Lake City with his wife, Rebecca.

A TAC Air Company, Keystone Aviation offers “The Complete Solution” of charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage aviation services.  For over 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been an industry leader in safety and innovation. In addition to Keystone Aviation’s proprietary safety management system (SMS), audits by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern are continually performed.

Honda Aircraft Company Receives FAA Production Certificate

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — July 11, 2016 — Honda Aircraft Company announced today that it has earned a Production Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Honda Aircraft Company is building the HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet, at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Melvin Johnson, FAA Small Aircraft Directorate Manager for the Central Region, presented the Production Certificate to Honda Aircraft Company during a special celebration with its associates and FAA officials on Friday, July 8.

“This is a great achievement for our company as an aircraft manufacturer, and it is a very important milestone for ramping up production. Honda Aircraft has demonstrated our commitment to build aircraft of the highest quality and that meet stringent safety requirements,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We also want to recognize the strong collaboration with the FAA during this rigorous approval process.”

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The Production Certificate grants Honda Aircraft the authorization to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries.

“Honda’s commitment of time, resources and people, and with the adherence to FAA regulations and guidance has provided Honda Aircraft Company the privilege to be awarded a Production Certificate for the HA-420 HondaJet,” said Greg Benson, Manager of the FAA’s Manufacturing Inspection District Office in Atlanta. “Honda Aircraft Company’s continued commitment to quality and safety will solidify its place within the aviation industry. This is certainly a commemorative moment for both Honda Aircraft and the FAA.”

Honda Aircraft has been steadily ramping up production since receiving FAA type certification for the HondaJet last year.

For more information about the HondaJet, visit www.HondaJet.com.

About HondaJet

The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

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TAC Energy Acquires Mutual Oil Co. Inc. Wholesale Unbranded Fuel Assets

Texas based oil marketer expands operations in the Northeast.

DALLAS, Texas (June 1, 2016) – TAC Energy, a division of The Arnold Companies (TAC) has acquired the wholesale unbranded business assets of Mutual Oil Co. Inc. (Mutual) effective June 1, 2016.

Terms of the sale between the privately held companies are not being disclosed.

TAC Energy will maintain all key sales and customer service associates from Mutual, who will temporarily operate from their current offices outside Boston. Plans are currently underway to relocate to new office space in the area within the next several months.

TAC Chairman and CEO, Greg Arnold, stated “The Mutual Oil acquisition is another facet of our overall growth strategy and establishes a strong base of business in New England.” Last February, TAC Energy opened a regional sales office in the Northeast, headed by industry veteran Christine McHale – who will focus on growing the mid-Atlantic region for TAC Energy.

According to Steve Shaer, Executive Vice President of Mutual Oil Co. Inc., “Our primary concern entering into this agreement was to make sure our customers were going to be taken care of by a like-minded supplier, who would by and large maintain the day to day interaction with the people they are used to working with. We wanted an organization who had the resources and a strong supply network.” He continued, “We are confident TAC Energy is the right company to serve our customers in this ever-increasing competitive environment.”

Fred Sloan, VP & COO of TAC Energy added, “TAC Energy is excited to bring our customer focused marketing to this new, diverse demand center. We are keeping key personnel in place and layering in our national coverage, financial strength and information technology.  We will be offering customers in New England and the Northeast the most complete fuel supply and service packages of any independent supplier.  It’s the best of all worlds – national coverage, regional focus, local support.”

Keystone Aviation’s HondaJet Tour Takes Flight

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 29, 2016) – Keystone Aviation, the exclusive Northwest HondaJet dealer in the United States, kicked off its HondaJet demonstration tour with an event in Denver on February 15th. The event was held in TAC Air APA at Centennial Airport, where more than 100 people got the chance to see the world’s most advanced light jet on display.

Hondajet-sales-territory“We are very excited to introduce the HondaJet to the Colorado business aviation community,” said Kim Page, Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Aviation.

The event marked the beginning of Keystone Aviation’s tour of the HondaJet throughout the Northwestern United States. The tour will highlight the HondaJet’s best-in-class advantages in performance, efficiency, comfort, and quality.

The HondaJet received type certification from the FAA and began customer deliveries in December. With upcoming events in Northern California and throughout the Northwestern United States, Keystone Aviation is celebrating the HondaJet’s certification by exhibiting the aircraft’s innovative design, capabilities and value.

The HondaJet is available for sale through the HondaJet dealer network in North America, South America and Europe. Keystone Aviation represents the Northwestern United States sales territory which includes: Northern California, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Northern Nevada. For more information on the HondaJet or the demo tour, please contact Michael Parker at 801.933.7509.

About Keystone Aviation
A TAC Air Company, Keystone Aviation offers “The Complete Solution” of charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage aviation services. For over 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been an industry leader in safety and innovation. In addition to Keystone Aviation’s proprietary safety management system (SMS), audits by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern are continually performed. For more, visit keystoneaviation.com

About HondaJet
The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company
Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

 

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