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.

 

Keystone Aviation Expands Daher TBM Sales Territory

Expansion displays growth across more US States and into Canada 

Complete KSA TBM sales territorySALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 3, 2016) Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, has enlarged the sales coverage for Daher’s TBM very fast turboprop aircraft, adding four Canadian provinces and one additional U.S. state to its area of responsibility.

The new geographic zone comprises the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, along with the most northwestern U.S. state – Alaska.  This territory is in addition to the company’s previous coverage across the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana.

“We’ve had a fruitful 10-year partnership with Keystone Aviation in promoting and supporting our very fast turboprop aircraft throughout the Northwestern United States,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “The next step is to build on this relationship by expanding into Western Canada and Alaska.”

Headquartered at Salt Lake City International Airport, Keystone Aviation has been a TBM dealer since 2006, with its experienced sales team achieving continuous growth in the company’s dealership business activity for new aircraft.

Brian Jones - Socata Sales Director for Keystone Aviation

Brian Jones – Socata Sales Director for Keystone Aviation

“With our expanded sales territory, we will be able to introduce the TBM’s benefits of speed, comfort and efficiency to many potential new customers,” said Brian Jones, Keystone Aviation’s TBM Sales Director. “The TBM family appeals to owners and operators who desire an aircraft built to commercial airline standards with point-to-point performance equivalent to light jets, while having the ability to operate on almost any runway.”

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.

 

TAC Energy Continues to Add Sales and Field Offices

Industry veteran Christine McHale to manage new Northeast region

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TAC Energy Northeast Regional Sales Manager Christine McHale

 DALLAS, Texas (February 15, 2016) – TAC Energy, a division of The Arnold Companies, announces the addition of Christine McHale as Regional Sales Manager. In her role, Christine will manage and operate from TAC Energy’s new Northeast regional sales office in Connecticut.

An industry veteran and native of the region, Christine brings with her to TAC Energy a tremendous depth of knowledge, experience and relationships from her rich career in several sectors of the energy industry. According to TAC Energy VP & COO, Fred Sloan, “Christine is strategically positioned to deliver tremendous value. Her diverse yet deep experience upstream, midstream and downstream is part of a unique skillset we are very excited to provide for our current and future customers.”

Christine’s energy career started while she was still in college, working for her family’s third generation fuel delivery business.  She has succeeded throughout various energy industry segments. These include a period in refining, where she led sales, marketing and supply & trading, as well as having held the position of Director of Supply & Marketing for an international petrochemical company. She has developed wholesale fuel marketing operations in several markets throughout the Northeast, while overseeing supply, trading and hedging. Most recently, she has served in a sales manager role where she formulated new and innovative channels of trade for FOB rack sales. Christine stated, “It’s a great opportunity to open this new office and bring TAC Energy’s national supply network, trading expertise, carrier network and fuel management support products to customers in the Northeast.”

The Northeast office is the latest in a series of recent expansions, including recently added sales offices in the Chicago and Seattle markets. In addition, TAC Energy has just opened a new regional field office in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The new office was added, “To provide additional support for our increased customer volume throughout the southern and mid-Atlantic regions,” according to TAC officials.

Keystone Aviation Expands Piper Aircraft Sales Territory

Salt Lake City aviation services provider one of the largest Piper dealers in the world

Keystone Aviation's expanded Piper territory.

Keystone Aviation’s expanded Piper territory.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 16, 2016) – Keystone Aviation, A TAC Air Company, is excited to announce that its Piper Aircraft sales territory has expanded across three additional states. Effective January 1st, 2016, Keystone Aviation’s Piper dealer territory reaches to Eastern Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, enhancing its already expansive territory of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Western Wyoming. Keystone Aviation has been a Piper dealership for more than 20 years, and with continual growth, has become one of the largest Piper dealers in the world.

“Keystone Aviation is able to provide clients with the complete range of Piper aircraft models from the Piper Warrior to the Pressurized M350, Turboprop M500, and the New M600,” says Chase Bennett, Director of Piper Sales. Piper Aircraft is the only general aviation company to offer a full line of aircraft from dependable trainers and twin engine models, up to high-performance turboprops.

Chase Bennett of Keystone Aviation.

Chase Bennett of Keystone Aviation.

Based at Salt Lake City International Airport, Keystone Aviation offers “The Complete Solution” of aviation services, including charter, maintenance, management and aircraft sales & brokerage. A full Piper service center, Keystone Aviation provides support for all parts, warranty and maintenance needs. “Our Piper dealership is further enhanced by the strength and presence of our TAC Air FBOs within the region, notably, TAC Air at Centennial Airport in the Denver area, which offers our clients a convenient and comfortable facility within close proximity to downtown Denver,” says Kim Page, COO of Keystone Aviation.

 

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