KEYSTONE AVIATION ADDS KING AIR B200 TO CHARTER FLEET

CaptureRegional Turboprop Brings Charter Fleet To 11 Aircraft

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and DALLAS, Texas (June 13, 2014) – 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

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 28, 2014) – 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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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

DALLAS, Texas (MARCH 10, 2014) – 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.

Keystone Aviation Hosts Public HondaJet Showing

HondaJet Northwest Distributor Chosen For Aircraft’s First Public Viewing Location After NBAA

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (October 25, 2013) – Immediately after wrapping up its showing at NBAA, Honda Aircraft Company chose Keystone Aviation to unveil the new HondaJet to the general public. Previously seen only at aviation industry events, the HondaJet was displayed for a lunchtime showing in a TAC Air SLC hangar.

“It is an honor to unveil the future of jet technology in Salt Lake City,” Bill Haberstock, HondaJet Northwest president said. “The HondaJet’s forward-thinking design provides an unsurpassed travel experience, and we are thrilled to offer the best of the best here locally.”

The HondaJet is an advanced light jet with revolutionary technology and design attributes that help it achieve far better fuel efficiency, more available cabin and luggage space, and higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class. Notably, the HondaJet has pioneered the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM), which provides a quieter, faster ride through increased aerodynamics.

The HondaJet Northwest distributorship will also be bringing jobs to Salt Lake City. Not only are plans drawn for a state-of-the-art showroom and maintenance facility dedicated strictly for the HondaJet, but the aircraft distributorship is expected to create from 75 to 100 jobs.

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Keystone Aviation Names Kimberly Page Chief Operating Officer

Kimberly Page, Chief Operating Officer, Keystone Aviation

Kimberly Page, Chief Operating Officer, Keystone Aviation

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 2, 2013) – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, announces the promotion of Kimberly Page to Chief Operating Officer effective July 1st.

Ms. Page will manage daily operations of the Utah based provider of aircraft charter, management, maintenance and sales & brokerage services. According to Keystone Aviation President Bill Haberstock, “Kim has analyzed and increased operational efficiencies throughout our entire product line. Bringing that expertise to the role of COO is very exciting.” Haberstock will remain as Keystone Aviation’s President, with a focus on aircraft sales.

Prior to assuming the role of COO, Ms. Page was the company’s CFO and was instrumental in the company’s expansion of services through acquisitions and additions of new locations. In addition to an aviation enthusiast, Kim is a college football fanatic and unapologetic fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Ms. Page holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Utah.

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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Keystone Aviation Adds Cirrus Authorized Service to Aurora, Oregon Maintenance Facility

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Expansion Marks First Cirrus Shop Outside The Company’s Utah Locations.20

DALLAS, Texas (June 24, 2013) – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, is now a Cirrus Authorized Service Center at its Part 145 repair facility located at Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Oregon (KUAO). The announcement comes as the provider of charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage services continues to expand its line of aviation products and services. Keystone Aviation also operates maintenance facilities at TAC Air Salt Lake City (KSLC) and Provo (KPVU) Utah.

According to Service Manager Michael Wright, “The Cirrus authorization is a perfect complement to the services offered not only here at KUAO, but the entire Keystone Aviation maintenance network.”  The flagship facility, located at KSLC, is also a Part 145 repair station as well as a Cirrus Authorized Service Center.”  Bill Hoddenbach, Director of Maintenance explains, “The expansion of our Aurora shop to a Cirrus Authorized Service Center delivers added benefits to Cirrus owners in and around Oregon. In addition to Cirrus, the Aurora location is an authorized service center for Daher-Socata.

Keystone Aviation’s maintenance department was established in 1997 to provide maintenance services for the regional aviation market and the company’s charter fleet.  It has since grown to a Part 145 repair station with a Class IV airframe rating capable of providing a wide range of services to aircraft owners and operators. A frequent recipient of the FAA Diamond Award, the operation also plays a vital role in Keystone Aviation’s aircraft sales & brokerage services by providing inspections, maintenance records and support services for any aircraft transaction.

For more information on Keystone Aviation maintenance, CLICK HERE.

ABOUT KEYSTONE AVIATION:        Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is “The Complete Solution” for your aviation needs.  For almost 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been a premier provider of aircraft charter, management, maintenance, and sales and brokerage services.  Keystone Aviation is regularly audited by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern.  For more information, go to www.keystoneaviation.com.
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KEYSTONE AVIATION BECOMES A QUEST AIRCRAFT DISTRIBUTOR

Quest Aircraft Distributor

Keystone Aviation is pleased to announce that it has been named a Quest Aircraft distributor for the states of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Northern California.

DALLAS, Texas (April 23, 2013) – The Quest Kodiak is a 10 place utility turboprop aircraft designed to take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross weight and climb rapidly at over 1,300 feet per minute.   With its high useful load and excellent performance, you won’t have to leave people or equipment behind.  Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, including mountain biking, skiing, golfing, or camping, the Quest Kodiak will get you and your equipment comfortably to your destination.

“We are excited to add a great aircraft like the Quest Kodiak to our aircraft sales offerings. This aircraft is going to play a major part in the developing energy and tourist industries throughout our western territory,” said Bill Haberstock, President of Keystone Aviation. The addition of the Quest Kodiak brings the number of aircraft manufacturers represented by Keystone Aviation to four :  HondaJet, Piper Aircraft, EADS Socata, and now Quest.

Aircraft performance and features:

Range: 1,000 miles

Base Aircraft Useful Load: 3,535 lbs

Cruising Speed: 210 mph

Max passengers: 10

 

ABOUT KEYSTONE AVIATION: 
Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is “The Complete Solution” for your aviation needs.  For almost 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been a premier provider of aircraft charter, management, maintenance, and sales and brokerage services.  Keystone Aviation is regularly audited by third-party industry examiners including Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern.  For more information, go to www.keystoneaviation.com.

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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

 

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