TAC Air Enters Into Purchase Agreement With Supermarine of Little Rock

FBO Chain Grows To 14 Locations, 3 in Arkansas.

A TAC Air line technician fuels an aircraft.

A TAC Air line technician fuels an aircraft.

Little Rock, Ark, July 15 – TAC Air has entered into an agreement with Supermarine of Little Rock LLC to purchase the assets of their fixed base operation (FBO) located at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock, AR. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

The transaction is expected to close in August and will expand the TAC Air network to a total of 14 locations. TAC Air’s other Arkansas FBOs are located in Fort Smith and Texarkana.

The Little Rock TAC Air fixed base operation will provide a wide range of aviation support services, including fueling, hangar space, and ground handling, plus other services as part of the TAC Air network.

“We’re extremely excited to be bringing our quick turns, competitive prices and award-winning service to Little Rock,” said Christian Sasfai, Vice President & COO for TAC Air. Operating since 1986, TAC Air has won numerous awards for safety and customer service, including being named “#1 FBO Chain” twice in recent years by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine.

KEYSTONE AVIATION ADDS KING AIR B200 TO CHARTER FLEET

CaptureRegional Turboprop Brings Charter Fleet To 11 Aircraft

June 13, Salt Lake City, Utah and Dallas, Texas – Keystone Aviation is pleased to announce the addition of a King Air B200 twin engine turboprop  to its FAA Part 135 aircraft charter fleet.

“The King Air B200 is the perfect option for business or leisure travel, offering superior comfort with its spacious cabin and ample baggage capacity,” says Kimberly Page, COO for Keystone Aviation.

With seating for up to 7 passengers, the King Air B200 has become a mainstay of business aviation due to its twin-engine reliability, short-field capabilities and the economic value it provides to the end-user.  The King Air has a proven history of safety and realiabilty that makes it a great regional aircraft for flights from Salt Lake City to almost anywhere in the West.

The addition of the King Air to the Keystone Aviation charter fleet expands the total number of aircraft offered to 11, including:

(1) Gulfstream G550

(1) Gulfstream G200

(2) Gulfstream G150

(1) Hawker 900XP

(1) Hawker 800

(1) Embraer Phenom 100

(1) King Air B200

(1) Citation Ultra

(2) Pilatus PC-12

Keystone Aviation Donates Aircraft To Community College

Salt Lake Community College instructor Todd Baird and Scott Tucker of Keystone Aviation

Salt Lake Community College instructor Todd Baird and Scott Tucker of Keystone Aviation

Piper Seneca Renovation Helping Mechanical Dreams Take Flight

May 28, Salt Lake City, UTAH – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, has donated a Piper Seneca to the Salt Lake City Community College aviation department.  The aircraft’s engines were removed, its wings demated from the fuselage, and all components were loaded and transported by students to the college’s Salt Lake City aviation campus. According to Todd Baird, a mechanical aviation instructor with the college, the aircraft made an impact starting with the disassembly.  Baird added, “With the initial disassembly and transport, our Return To Service internship program was given an opportunity here that does not come along every day.”

The fuselage and wings were transported via trailer from Provo to Salt Lake City

The fuselage and wings were transported via trailer from Provo to Salt Lake City

The aircraft will initially be part of an educational reconstruction experience for approximately 200 students, who will be given the opportunity to participate first-hand with repairs.  “We’ve used aircraft from all levels of condition for teaching purposes,”  according to Todd Baird, who continues, “the aircraft is a great value to our campus and the students that will be working on it. They’ll get to participate first hand on installing wings, flight controls, engine controls, installing the engines, making the necessary wiring harness repairs and sheet metal repairs.” Once reassembled, the aircraft will continue to benefit students for course work in sheet metal, hydraulics, paint, power plant, exhaust systems, turbochargers and fuel injection systems

College officials further stated that recruiting efforts will “most definitely” be given a boost with the donation.

Kimberly Page, COO of Keystone Aviation explained, “It’s in our mission statement to elevate people’s lives. By donating this aircraft to Salt Lake Community College, we hope to be a small part of enabling a future aviation mechanic to reach their goals.”

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TAC Air gets front row seat to coaching hires

Knoxville, TN  – NBC affiliate WBIR interviews TAC Air TYS General Manager Randall Honea about the importance of discretion in handling high profile customers and events.

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Fred Sloan Joins TAC Energy as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

Aggressive Sales Strategy Launches as TAC Reaches 50 Year Milestone.

April 9, Dallas, Texas – TAC announces the addition of Fred Sloan as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to the company’s energy marketing division, TAC Energy.

Fred Sloan, VP and COO, TAC Energy.

Fred Sloan, VP and COO, TAC Energy.

A New Jersey native, Sloan has an impressive list of educational credentials as well as petroleum industry experience and leadership. After serving in the United States Marines, he earned a chemical engineering degree and an MBA in finance from Drexel University. His petroleum career includes refinery management, physical and paper product trading, operations optimization analysis, P&L management, commercial portfolio management, sales operations and sales management.  As VP & COO of TAC Energy, Fred holds P&L responsibility for TAC’s refined products marketing division, including functional areas of supply, trading, marketing, operations/logistics and new market growth.

TAC Chairman & CEO Greg Arnold expanded on what Mr. Sloan has brought to the energy marketer.  “Since joining our senior management in September, Fred’s strategic planning and leadership has already delivered incredible results. As we celebrate TAC’s 50th year, I am ecstatic about Fred’s blueprint for our product development, operations optimization and organic growth.”

“Ironically, I really had no intentions of making a career change,” Fred stated about his approach to first meeting with TAC officials.  “But after getting to know more about the company, their work ethic, their culture and success, I came to realize that kicking off the next 50 years of TAC Energy was something I wanted to be a part of.”

Fred Sloan at deskOrganic sales growth is a major focus for the independent energy marketer. In 2011, TAC Energy made the strategic move to expand their sales and marketing team in the company’s Dallas offices, as well as relocating their in-house 24/7 Supply & Logistics call center. Now, TAC plans to “continue the momentum” with the addition of Mr. Sloan to the company’s one billion gallon annualized fuel volume.

TAC originated in 1964 when company founder Truman Arnold became a Conoco commissioned agent. By the mid-1970s, TAC was a regional marketer of fuel at the retail level, building the Road Runner chain throughout Arkansas, East Texas and the Southwest. Through the 1980s, TAC expanded into in-store fast food, terminaling, general aviation fixed base operations and wholesale & commercial oil marketing and products trading, (which operates today as TAC Energy).

Fred Sloan with TAC Chairman and CEO, Greg Arnold.

Fred Sloan with TAC Chairman and CEO, Greg Arnold.

Reflecting on the past 50 years, Greg Arnold is quick to state, “Without a doubt, we would not be where we are today without the vision and hard work of Truman and hundreds of associates, our vendors, and certainly our customers over the past 50 years. However, this is not about the past, it’s about the future. I have no doubt the best days for TAC are ahead.”

 

KEYSTONE AVIATION PROMOTES GREG KELLEY TO FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER

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Greg Kelley, Flight Safety Officer for Keystone Aviation

Greg Kelley, Flight Safety Officer for Keystone Aviation

DALLAS, Texas and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, (April 7, 2014) – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Greg Kelley to the position of Flight Safety Officer.  Mr. Kelley has been a pilot for Keystone Aviation since 2001 and holds aircraft type ratings in the Gulfstream 200, Gulfstream 150 and Learjet.

“Greg possesses keen analytical skills as well as an extensive knowledge of flight operations which will be a valuable addition to our Flight Department,” noted Kenny Hepner, Vice President of Flight Operations for Keystone Aviation.

As Flight Safety Officer, Mr. Kelley will assist in the operation, development and promotion of the Safety Management System and Quality Management System in order to continue to enhance Keystone Aviation’s safety culture.

Mr. Kelley has over 8,600 hours of flight time and holds a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management and an associate’s degree in Aviation Science from Utah Valley State University.

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Keystone Aviation Welcomes Scott Tucker as Business Development Manager

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Position Created To Meet Growing Demand

March 10, 2014, Dallas, Texas - Keystone Aviation, A TAC Air Company,  is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Tucker as Business Development Manager.  Mr. Tucker will be responsible for finding and developing local and national business relationships in order to grow Keystone Aviation’s customer base.

The Business Development Manager position will be based along with Keystone Aviation’s other operations in Salt Lake City. The addition was in response to an increase in inquiries from prospective customers, and will allow Keystone Aviation’s customer service representatives to focus on the company’s growing aircraft charter and management services.

Mr. Tucker has over 10 years of business-to-business relationship building and customer service experience.  His previous customer base included companies in the telecommunications and petroleum industries.  “We are excited to add someone with Scott’s expertise and enthusiasm for aviation to our team,” said Kim Page, Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Aviation.

Mr. Tucker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah as well as a Series 7 and Series 63 license.  He is an avid skier, a fan of all things lacrosse, and loves spending time with his wife and family.

TAC Air Developing New Customs & Border Protection Facility Adjacent To OMA Executive Terminal

Agreement in Principal Reached with Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska

For Immediate Release

Architectural rendering of new customs facility adjacent to TAC Air OMA

Architectural rendering of new customs facility adjacent to TAC Air OMA

January 20, 2014, Dallas, Texas – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, has reached an agreement in principal with the Omaha Airport Authority to construct a new state-of-the-art Customs &  Border Protection (CBP) facility adjacent to the fixed base operator’s executive terminal. Construction of the new 2,200 square foot facility is scheduled for completion mid to late 2014.

“The location of this new customs facility will allow seamless ground handling for international arrivals into Omaha,” according to TAC Air OMA General Manager Mike Wilwerding.

TAC Air has been providing fixed base operation, ground handling, hangar, and fueling services at OMA for military, commercial airlines and general aviation since 1998. While operating at OMA, TAC Air has twice been named “#1 Large FBO Chain,” as well as “Best Line Service” and “Best Value” by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine, and has also received numerous awards from the Employer Support of the Guard And Reserve for veteran employment.

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TAC Air currently has fixed-based operations with more than 400 associates in 13 cities: Amarillo, TX (AMA), Denver, CO (APA), Fort Smith, AR (FSM), Hartford, CT (BDL), Knoxville, TN (TYS), Lexington, KY (LEX), Omaha, NE (OMA), Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU), Shreveport, LA (SHV), St. Louis, MO (SUS), Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), Provo, UT (PVU) and Texarkana, AR (TXK). TAC Air has been recognized in Professional Pilot magazine as “#1 U.S. FBO Chain” in 2006 and 2011. To learn more about TAC Air, log on to www.tacair.com.
Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) is a Texarkana, Texas-based company founded by Truman Arnold in 1964 as a branded petroleum jobber. Today, TAC is a leading regional petroleum marketing company, offering customers a variety of services through its network of petroleum terminals and aviation Fixed Base Operations (FBO) facilities. The private company and its subsidiaries has more than 700 associates with fuel volumes approaching a billion gallons annually, and ranks as one of the top private companies in the United States by Forbes magazine. To learn more, log on to www.trumanarnoldcompanies.com

 

CHATTANOOGA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT AUTHORITY ACQUIRES TAC AIR FBO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  David Edwards
                         903.277.7341
                        dedwards@tacair.com

January 10, Dallas, Texas – Today, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) acquired TAC Air’s fixed base operation at the Chattanooga Airport (CHA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Terms of the agreement are not being released by TAC Air. The transaction goes into effect Saturday, January 11.

TAC Air started operations at CHA over a decade ago, acquiring the assets of Krystal Aviation. The FBO has been active on the field and in the community during its period of operation, hosting events, fly-ins, cook-outs and more. TAC Air has partnered locally with many organizations, including The Hixson Museum of Flight, Make-A-Wish, TC Thompson Children’s Hospital, and The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

While in operation at CHA, TAC Air was the recipient of numerous safety and customer service awards, including twice being named “#1 Large FBO Chain” by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine.

TAC Air will continue to operate its other 13 fixed base operations, and is expected to announce expansion of services at existing locations as well as entry in to new markets this year.

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TAC Air currently has fixed-based operations with more than 400 associates in 13 cities: Amarillo, TX (AMA), Denver, CO (APA), Fort Smith, AR (FSM), Hartford, CT (BDL), Knoxville, TN (TYS), Lexington, KY (LEX), Omaha, NE (OMA), Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU), Shreveport, LA (SHV), St. Louis, MO (SUS), Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), Provo, UT (PVU) and Texarkana, AR (TXK). TAC Air has been recognized in Professional Pilot magazine as “#1 U.S. FBO Chain” in 2006 and 2011. To learn more about TAC Air, log on to www.tacair.com.
Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) is a Texarkana, Texas-based company founded by Truman Arnold in 1964 as a branded petroleum jobber. Today, TAC is a leading regional petroleum marketing company, offering customers a variety of services through its network of petroleum terminals and aviation Fixed Base Operations (FBO) facilities. The private company and its subsidiaries has more than 700 associates with fuel volumes approaching a billion gallons annually, and ranks as one of the top private companies in the United States by Forbes magazine. To learn more, log on to www.trumanarnoldcompanies.com

TAC Air Hosts Third Annual ‘Cool Yule Fly-In’ for Children and Families

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December 20,Chattanooga, Tenn. – Christmas came early for some area women and children today at  TAC Air, as the third annual ‘Cool Yule Fly-In’ was held at the fixed-base-operators Chattanooga facility.

The annual event is designed to share holiday cheer with families who are spending their holidays at the Partnership’s Domestic Violence Center.  Santa gave his reindeer a rest today, opting to fly to TAC Air in a bright red restored T-28 airplane to greet children from the Partnership.  After landing, Santa handed out toys to the children, provided by The Forgotten Child Fund.

Sandra Hollet, CEO of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults said, “The Cool Yule Fly-In is always a special holiday experience for the families from the Partnership.  We are extremely grateful for the support of TAC Air”.

Santa’s fly-in was held in conjunction with the cookout  TAC Air hosts each month for its customers.  TAC Air also provided lunch for the children and families visiting. An added attraction this year was a brilliant red fire truck  The Forgotten Child Fund had display for the children to tour.

“We look forward to spreading some holiday cheer to the children from The Partnership,” said Pam McAllister, General Manager for TAC Air in Chattanooga.  “This event is a great way to bring together our friends, wonderful staff and the families from The Partnership for a celebration that everyone looks forward to throughout the year.”

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