TAC Air Ramps Up Field Support

Growing FBO Chain Expands Positions to Enhance Safety and Customer Service

TAC Air SUS Executive Terminal

DALLAS, Texas (October 9, 2012) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, announces the addition of Bob Schick as Director of Safety and Risk Management, Trissy Pickett as Director of Administrative Services and Joel Miller as Director of Properties. All three individuals are current associates of Truman Arnold Companies who will be taking on new positions within the company.

Bob Schick will be relocating to the Dallas office to assume the duties of Director of Safety and Risk Management.  Schick has over twenty-five years of experience in the aerospace industry.  During this time, he has developed a proprietary safety management system (SMS) currently in use at TAC Air’s Salt Lake City FBO. The system, which has been proven during its tenure at the SLC location, will be systematically deployed over the entire TAC Air in early 2013.

Trissy Pickett will also be based in the Dallas office as Director of Administrative Services.  She previously served as Customer Service Supervisor for TAC Air Knoxville for eight years, and has held a number of roles in commercial and private aviation for the last fifteen years.  Pickett will become a point of contact for all Customer Service Supervisors’ operations, procedures and policies.  She will also focus on customer service training and standards throughout all TAC Air operations.

Joel Miller of Truman Arnold Companies will be shifting focus to TAC Air as Director of Properties.  Miller has been with Truman Arnold Companies for the last nine and a half years, handling real estate development.

Truman Arnold Companies President & CEO Greg Arnold states the addition of these positions demonstrates TAC Air’s commitment to customer service being built on a foundation of safety, adding “customer service extends beyond what you see at the front counter”. Arnold further explains the added field support is a move to position TAC Air to be ready to incorporate more locations into the network.

In May, 2012, Truman Arnold Companies expanded west of the Rockies by acquiring controlling interest of Keystone Aviation, LLC and rebranding the company’s Salt Lake City (KSLC) and Provo (KPVU) FBOs TAC Air. Charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage remain based at SLC operating under the Keystone Aviation brand.

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About Truman Arnold Companies

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 volume exceeding 2 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 currently has fixed-based operations with more than 400 associates in 14 cities: Amarillo, TX (AMA), Chattanooga, TN (CHA), 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.

 

KEYSTONE AVIATION PROMOTES SHANE CARLSON TO CHIEF PILOT

 

DALLAS, Texas (November 30, 2012) – Keystone Aviation is pleased to announce the promotion of Shane Carlson to the position of Chief Pilot. Mr. Carlson has been a pilot for Keystone Aviation since 2001 and holds six aircraft type ratings.“Shane possesses not only extensive pilot experience, but also business experience and will be a valuable addition to the management of our Flight Department,” noted Bill Haberstock, President of Keystone Aviation.As Chief Pilot, Mr. Carlson will be responsible for safety, operational, and regulatory aspects of the Keystone Aviation Flight Department. He will also be directly responsible for the management of a staff of over 35 employees.Mr. Carlson is a graduate of the University of Utah with over 6,000 hours of flight time. He also successfully founded three Utah companies. Mr. Carlson is an avid cyclist and he and his wife, Jeni, are raising two sons.

Mr. Carlson replaces Chief Pilot, Phyllis Upchurch who has stepped out of the management role to do more flying. Ms. Upchurch served as Chief Pilot for Keystone Aviation since 2004. “We are incredibly grateful for Phyllis’ contributions as Chief Pilot and we look forward to her continued presence and leadership as part of our pilot corps,” said Kenny Hepner, Vice President of Flight Operations for Keystone Aviation.

KEYSTONE AVIATION ADDS HAWKER 900XP TO CHARTER FLEET

 

DALLAS, Texas (October 22, 2012) – Keystone Aviation is pleased to announce the addition of a factory new, Hawker 900XP private jet to its FAA Part 135 aircraft charter fleet.

“The Hawker 900XP is an ideal midsize jet for business or for leisure travel, offering superior comfort complete with satellite phone, in-flight Wi-Fi internet, AirShow (flight info & stats), DVD player, an enclosed lavatory, a full refreshment center and seating for up to 9 passengers,” says Tennille White, charter sales manager for Keystone Aviation.

The Hawker 900XP has become one of the world’s best-selling business jets because of its speed and range.  Captain Patrick Glaittli, a Hawker pilot for Keystone Aviation, commented, “We are able to fill up the seats on this plane and fly from the west coast to Hawaii.  The 900XP’s payload is clearly a big advantage over most other jets in its class”.

The flight deck features the intuitive Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system with XM satellite weather, providing another level of inflight efficiency and safety.

The addition of the Hawker 900XP to the Keystone Aviation charter fleet expands the total number of aircraft offered to twelve, including:

(1) Gulfstream G550

(2) Gulfstream G200

(2) Gulfstream G150

(1) Hawker 900XP

(1) Hawker 800

(1) Embraer Phenom 100

(3) Pilatus PC-12

 

KEYSTONE AVIATION ADDS GULFSTREAM G200 TO CHARTER FLEET

 

DALLAS, Texas (October 22, 2012) – Keystone Aviation is pleased to announce the recent addition of a second Gulfstream G200 private jet to their FAA Part 135 aircraft charter fleet.

“We have been managing this aircraft for the past two years for a Fortune 500 company,” explained Bill Haberstock, President of Keystone Aviation.  “Recently, one of our other clients, desiring to upgrade to a midsize jet, purchased the G200 and added it to our air charter fleet.”

“The G200 is one of the most versatile business jets out there – able to handle everything from short, regional day trips to transatlantic routes,” remarked Capt. Greg Kelley, G200 pilot for Keystone Aviation.  “It is an extremely comfortable, stand-up, cabin with seating for up to 10 passengers.  Our owners and charter customers absolutely love it.”

The flight deck features the intuitive Collins Pro Line 4 avionics system, providing exceptional level of inflight efficiency and safety.

Aircraft performance and features:
Range:  3,000 miles
Cruising Speed: 530 mph
Max passengers: 10
Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306A

The addition of this Gulfstream G200 to the Keystone Aviation charter fleet expands the total number of aircraft offered to 11, including:

(1) Gulfstream G550

(2) Gulfstream G200

(2) Gulfstream G150

(1) Hawker 800

(1) Embraer Phenom 100

(3) Pilatus PC-12

Keystone Aviation has been operating Gulfstream G200 aircraft since 2003.