TAC Air Ramps Up Wi-Fi

Ramp coverage completed across network with improved service in executive terminals

A commercial grade outdoor wi-fi antenna system recently installed at one of the TAC Air locations

A commercial grade outdoor wi-fi antenna system recently installed at one of the TAC Air locations

DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – TAC Air has completed installation of new equipment and now provides broadband Wi-Fi Internet coverage on the ramp of each of the network’s 14 FBO locations. In addition, connection speeds have been increased at several key locations, as well as equipment upgrades at all locations.

Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP & COO, stated the new ramp service will provide “a higher level of customer service, especially for flight crews during a quick turn”.  The service is free and covers the primary ramp areas at all locations.

Inside all executive terminals, customers and flight crews alike will enjoy the benefits of improved Wi-Fi connectivity. All access points have been replaced and upgraded to heavy duty commercial grade

hardware. The new equipment provides improved security to users by further isolating each customer’s device from other signal users in the area, as well as remote administrative access from TAC’s IT support center for instant tech support. Returning customers will still be able to access Wi-Fi service through the same “TAC Air” SSID at all locations.

The new Wi-Fi standard is a part of the major customer service investment program currently underway across the TAC Air network. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal. Additional hangar space has just been completed at TAC Air’s Texarkana, AR (TXK) FBO and is under development at its Hartford, CT (BDL) location. TAC Air has engaged ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement an extensive customer service training initiative for all TAC Air associates. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations.

On-Site Customs and Border Protection Facility Open at TAC Air OMA

New facility ties directly into executive terminal

The new Customs and Border Protection facility ties directly into TAC Air OMA's executive terminal

The new Customs and Border Protection facility ties directly into TAC Air OMA’s executive terminal

DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – Working in conjunction with the Omaha Airport Authority, a new 2,000 square foot purpose built US Customs and Border Protection facility has opened at the TAC Air FBO. The new facility ties directly into the TAC Air OMA executive terminal, and will provide a “seamless experience for all general aviation aircraft arriving OMA from outside the U.S.,” according to Matt Davis, TAC Air Director of Business Development.

The new customs clearance facility is a part of the major customer service initiative currently underway across the TAC Air network. A major equipment and coverage area improvement has been made as Wi-Fi is now available on all ramps with improved service in all executive terminals. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal.

Additional hangar space has just been completed at TAC Air’s Texarkana, AR (TXK) FBO and is under development at its Hartford, CT (BDL) location. TAC Air has engaged ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement an extensive customer service training initiative for all TAC Air associates. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations

TAC Air Expands Senior Management Staff

Tracy Hykes promoted to Manager of Administrative Services

 

Tracy Hykes, TAC Air Manager of Administrative Services

Tracy Hykes, TAC Air Manager of Administrative Services

DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – TAC Air has expanded its senior management personnel by promoting Tracy Hykes to Manager of Administrative Services. Tracy will be based with the TAC Air management team in Dallas, TX, and will work closely with Carol McNally, TAC Air Director of Administrative Services, to empower the FBO network’s customer service programs and training. Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP & COO, stated, “Tracy’s knowledge of our point of sale system, TAC Air policies and procedures, plus her general knowledge of an FBO will be a great asset as we roll out our customer service program.” TAC Air has commissioned ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop an extensive customer service training program for all TAC Air associates.

Tracy started her aviation career in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate and Plane Captain. For the past 15 years, she has been with TAC Air, starting in line service, working behind the front counter and most recently as Customer Service Supervisor at the network’s Lexington, KY, (LEX) location. She commented, “Continually striving to provide the best possible customer service from behind the counter has always been my passion. I’m incredibly excited to now have the opportunity to participate in taking our new customer service program to every counter in the TAC Air network.”

The customer service training is one component of a major customer service initiative currently underway across the TAC Air network. A major equipment and coverage area improvement has been made as Wi-Fi is now available on all FBO ramps with improved service in all executive terminals. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal.  Additional hangar space has just been completed at TAC Air’s Texarkana, AR (TXK) FBO and is under development at its Hartford, CT (BDL) location. TAC Air has engaged ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement an extensive customer service training initiative for all TAC Air associates. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations.

TAC Air Commissions ServiceElements International, Inc.

FBO network focuses on elevating customer service standards

A view of activity from inside TAC Air's SUS executive terminal

A view of activity from inside TAC Air’s SUS executive terminal

 DALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2015) – TAC Air has entered into a long-term agreement with ServiceElements International, Inc. to develop and implement a customized customer service program. The program, entitled “CuSP”, will be integrated at every customer touch point across the entire FBO network. To ensure optimal results from the program, TAC Air has expanded its senior management staff with the addition of Tracy Hykes, in the new position of Manager of Administrative Services.

Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO, said, “We are continually looking for ways to improve the customer experience at TAC Air. From safety and technical training on the ramp, to our administrative offices, to the front counter, we are leaving no stone unturned in a major commitment to a continual elevation of the TAC Air customer experience.”  Sasfai went on to say, “We’re very proud of how hard our associates work to deliver exceptional customer service to our customers. But we want to make sure we give them every tool available to help them be the very best at what they do.”

The ServiceElements initiative is a component of the major customer service program currently underway across the TAC Air network. A major equipment and coverage area improvement has been made as Wi-Fi is now available on all ramps with improved service in all executive terminals. An $11 million redevelopment and expansion project is currently underway at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR (LIT) including the construction of a new TAC Air world-class executive terminal. And finally, more executive terminal facility renovations are slated in the near future for TAC Air’s Amarillo, TX (AMA) and Knoxville, TN (TYS) locations.

Keystone Aviation Offers In Flight Wi-Fi

N196XSalt Lake City, UT, November 16, 2015 – Keystone Aviation, A TAC Air Company, now offers free domestic Wi-Fi onboard its Gulfstream G200 Charter Aircraft.  Whether traveling for business or leisure, this new modification allows Keystone Aviation’s charter clients to stay connected.

“We are working hard towards getting free Wi-Fi in all 12 of our charter aircraft by next year,” says Charlie Chamberlain, Flight Ops Sales and Business Development for Keystone Aviation.

With the ever increasing need for individuals and business to stay connected at all times, Keystone Aviation recognizes the value of internet accessibility for their clients. “Many of our charter clients view corporate aircraft as a business tool.  The addition of Wi-Fi makes that tool even more effective,” says Mike Parker, VP of Aircraft Sales for Keystone Aviation.

The Gulfstream G200 is in the top of its class in the Super mid-size jet category. With a range of 3,800 nautical miles, and a cruise speed of 530 mph, the Gulfstream G200 has the ability to fly up to 10 passengers comfortably anywhere in the world.  With the addition of Wifi in Keystone Aviation’s Gulfstream G200, flight time becomes productive time.

For additional information on chartering the G200 or information on the complete Keystone Aviation charter fleet, visit keystoneaviation.com or call 888.600.1070

TAC Energy Launches New Online Customer Portal

“ENERGIZE Online” is mobile optimized, available for customers

DALLAS, Texas (May 4, 2015) – TAC Energy, a division of The Arnold Companies, has launched a new product that provides an improved user interface for managing fuel purchase transactions. Titled “ENERGIZE Online”, the product is available for TAC Energy customers.

phone orderOptimized for smartphones and tablets, the online portal not only allows for placing detailed fuel orders remotely, but can be used by customers to review order history by location, date, confirm fuel deliveries or other criteria. Additionally, a growing library of online tools are under development that can be added or even customized per user.

According to TAC Energy VP & COO Fred Sloan, “The advantages of a mobile ready ordering process brings the power right into one’s hand.  Our customer base isn’t tied to the desktop computer, fax or even telephone anymore – they have asked and we are delivering.  It’s fast, accurate and efficient.” He adds that features such as products allowed for purchase, gallon limits, location authorization and more can be mapped out per location, log-in, or any number of user specified criteria.

Another feature of Energize Online is the product is not app based, but built on HTML 5. TAC’s VP and CIO Michael Davis said, “We did the research before developing this product. The trend in technology is for more of these kinds of products to be totally web browser accessible rather than the traditional iOS or Android app. And it makes sense for our customers. Now, when a customer changes phones or maybe needs to order from another phone or tablet, the hassle of downloading or updating apps is eliminated.”

Those interested in viewing Energize Online from a computer, tablet or smartphone can take an online tour by going to tacenergy.com and clicking on the icon of the tablet with the caption “ENERGIZE Online”.

TAC Air to Construct New Executive Terminal

FBO Chain to Break Ground at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 20, 2015) –TAC Air will soon break ground on a new world-class executive terminal at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock, Arkansas. The well-appointed facility will feature amenities such as a conference room, pilot lounge, flight planning area, and passenger waiting. In addition, there will be a theater room, outdoor patio and pilot rest areas. Completion of the project is expected by spring 2016.

TAC Air LIT Executive Terminal

Conceptual drawing of the street entrance of the new TAC Air LIT executive terminal.

The new executive terminal will be located next to the North Terminal at LIT, where TAC Air consolidated operations after the acquisition of FBO services from Central Flying Service February 1, 2015.  Approximately six months prior, in August 2014, TAC Air entered the Little Rock market with the purchase of the assets of  fixed base operator Supermarine, expanding the TAC Air FBO network to 14 locations.

TAC Air is drawing inspiration for the LIT executive terminal from its facility in Lexington, Kentucky (LEX). Kip Simanek, who was the general manager for TAC Air LEX during its new executive terminal design and construction project, transferred to TAC Air LIT in January of this year. According to TAC Air VP & COO Christian Sasfai, “Kip successfully led the operation during not only extensive redevelopment of the leasehold, but also through a consolidation of FBOs at LEX when TAC Air acquired the assets of Air 51. His specific experience with such undertakings will be a valuable asset at LIT.” Christian Sasfai and Kip Simanek are both working on the LIT redevelopment project with architect Jerry Herndon, who designed TAC Air’s executive terminal at LEX.

The executive terminal construction is just one component of an $11 million redevelopment and expansion project TAC Air committed to under its lease terms with the Clinton National Airport. Once the new terminal is operational, plans are for the North Terminal to be demolished to make way for additional hangar space.

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.

TAC AIR ACQUIRES CENTRAL FLYING SERVICE FACILITIES

LITTLE ROCK, Ark, January 30th – TAC Air has purchased the facilities of Central Flying Service at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock, and will operate its fueling, ground handling, hangar operations and other related services as part of the TAC Air network. Also included is the purchase of Airport Services Inc., which provides airline fueling services at LIT. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

“The move makes sense for everyone,” said Christian Sasfai, Vice President & COO for TAC Air. He added, “The TAC Air network brings added value to customers.  Through our volume buying capability, fuel supply and other services will be improved at LIT”. TAC Air’s handling of line and fueling services will allow Central Flying Service to focus on their core business. Under the terms of the purchase, Central Flying Service operates as a tenant of TAC Air, while continuing to provide their full range of aviation services including aircraft sales, charter, flight training and a complete range of maintenance offerings.

Dick Holbert, President of Central Flying Service, added “We will continue offering services which provide Central Arkansas with unmatched aviation options.” Both Sasfai and Holbert agreed that the move allows each service provider to focus on what they do best.

New ground handling equipment has already arrived, with major improvements in general aviation facilities already in the planning stages. Sasfai stated that TAC Air has committed to investing “several million dollars” of private capital in the west side of the airport. “We started working with architects even before closing the transaction,” said Sasfai, who added that a major announcement including news on an executive terminal will be made as soon as plans are finalized.

In the meantime, all airport fixed base operator (FBO) services will be provided from the far north executive terminal on the west side of the airport. Historic “Hangar 1,” the other former Central Flying Service executive terminal, will no longer host FBO services, but will continue to be the facility from which The Flight Deck Restaurant and Catering and Central Flying Service’s Aircraft Sales, Charter and Flight Training will operate.

The transaction closed on January 30th, with all LIT line services operating February 1st under the TAC Air brand. In August 2014, TAC Air purchased the assets of fixed base operator  Supermarine at LIT, which expanded the TAC Air network to a total of 14 locations. TAC Air’s other Arkansas FBOs are located in Fort Smith and Texarkana.

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.

Central Flying Service was founded in 1939 as a Civilian Pilot Training Center and is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year as one of the nation’s largest full service private aviation companies.

TAC Air Expanding Large Cabin Hangar Capacity in Northeast

Plans on the drawing board for Hartford, CT facility

Artist's rendering of TAC Air hangar at BDL

Artist’s rendering of TAC Air hangar at BDL

January 29, Dallas, TX – TAC Air is in the development stages of increasing hangar capacity at the chain’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) located at Bradley International Airport (KBDL) in Windsor Locks, CT. The FBO operator has entered into an agreement in principal with the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) for the development.

The development will include hangar space capable of accommodating the latest generation of large cabin business jets, including the Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Global 7000. Plans also allow for “build to suit” office space for the first tenant commitments.

Like TAC Air BDL, the hangar will be located on the preferred side of the airport for easiest access to the Hartford business district and other ground transportation.  According to TAC Air VP & COO Christian Sasfai, “When you look at the footprint of the next generation of large cabin business jets, where they are being based, then combine that data with the current available hangar inventory in the region, there will be a shortage of space. We are acting now in order to meet the coming demand.”

In addition to the planned BDL developments, TAC Air has just completed renovations of their executive terminals at Salt Lake City International (SLC) and Provo Municipal (PVU) airports in Utah, and has several “major announcements” to make in the coming weeks regarding more capital improvements across the network.

Comprised of a network of 14 FBOs from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Intermountain Rockies, 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.

For leasing information on the new hangar, contact Ed Malic, TAC Air BDL General Manager at 860.627.3300 or emalic@tacair.com.

TAC Energy Opens Additional Sales Offices

Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago Markets Newest Addition to National Network

December 9, Dallas, Texas – TAC Energy has opened new sales offices in the Chicago and Seattle/Tacoma markets, along with adding two new sales managers to operate from the locations.

Jeremiah Jones

Jeremiah Jones

Jeremiah Jones joined TAC Energy as Regional Sales Manager for the Pacific Northwest and will be managing the new SEA-TAC area sales office. Jeremiah began his career in the petroleum industry in 2006, where he gained experience in unbranded fuel sales, supply and logistics in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.  In 2011 he worked for the Targa Sound Terminal in the Pacific Northwest, expanding his knowledge through buying and selling product via truck, pipeline, barge and railcar.  Jeremiah comes to TAC Energy with a B.A. from Vanguard University of Southern California and nearly 9 years of industry experience.  He is also currently pursuing an MBA.  Over the span of his career, Jeremiah has obtained a significant understanding of the petroleum business and built an impressive network of West Coast contacts that will be a great asset to TAC Energy.

Matt Paulson

Matt Paulson

Matt Paulson also joined TAC Energy as Regional Sales Manager, for the Upper Mid-west where he will be operating from the new TAC Energy sales office in the Chicago market. Matt attended Purdue University, and began his career in the petroleum industry working for the family business, Paulson Oil Company, (POCO), in Indiana.  During his time at POCO, he worked inside and outside sales and rose to the role of fuel sales manager.  Matt continued with the company through two acquisitions where he oversaw and led the new fuel business sales, daily fuel pricing, nationwide biodiesel procurement and facilitated the transition of the acquired customer base. Matt is well versed in prospecting, managing and developing customers, as well as pricing and logistics throughout the region.  He also has handled a large unbranded book of business and will be an asset in expanding the TAC Energy wholesale footprint.

TAC Energy VP & COO, Fred Sloan, states that the expansion is part of the company’s overall strategic plan. “Organic sales will be a key part of our growth in 2015. Building on one of the strongest and most efficient terminal networks and supply & logistics call center operations in the industry, I can assure you TAC Energy is going to make some noise in the coming months.”

Organic 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 more announcements to come from the billion gallon annual volume fuel marketer.

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).

TAC President 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.”

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