TAC Air CHA Hosts Second Annual “Cool Yule Fly-In”

Event to Benefit Area Children and Adults from the Partnership.

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (December 6, 2012) – Christmas will come early this year for some area women and children this Friday, December 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the TAC Air South Ramp located at The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

The second annual ‘Cool Yule Fly-In’ is designed to share holiday cheer with families who are spending their holidays at the Partnership’s Domestic Violence Center as well as area foster care boys.  Santa will fly in to TAC South in style, in a bright red restored Piper Apache Antique airplane to greet children from the Partnership.  If weather permits, Santa will be offering rides to the families, many whom have never seen a private aircraft much less been able to ride in one.

Sandra Hollet, CEO of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults said, “Last year’s Cool Yule Fly-In was such a success and a fun holiday experience for the families from the Partnership.  We are extremely grateful for the support of TAC Air and we truly appreciate them hosting this special event.”

Santa’s fly-in will be in conjunction with the cookout that TAC Air hosts each month for its customers.  TAC will also be providing gifts and lunch with Santa for the children and families visiting.  Pam McAllister, General Manager for TAC Air Chattanooga said,  “We cannot wait to host this special event again as this is something we have looked forward to all year.  The children will have the opportunity to observe aviation close up and many will experience their first flight in an aircraft along with Santa this year.”

TAC Air Chattanooga is the first of the company’s 14 FBOs to host the Cool Yule Fly-In.

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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.

TAC Air Expands West of the Rockies

Two Additional Fixed Base Operations Expand Chain to 14 Locations

DALLAS, Texas (May 15, 2012) – Truman Arnold Companies has signed an agreement to acquire controlling interest in Keystone Aviation, LLC of Salt Lake City, UT and will rebrand the company’s Salt Lake City (KSLC) and Provo (KPVU) fixed base operations TAC Air.  Terms and structure of the agreement were not released.

According to Greg Arnold, President & CEO of Truman Arnold Companies, “We’re very excited about the synergy of combining the service levels of these operations”. Both Salt Lake City and Provo fixed base operations have received numerous awards over the years. Awards include Netjets naming the SLC location “FBO of the Year for 2011” and Professional Pilot’s PRASE survey ranking it within the top 1% of individual location FBOs. TAC Air continues to be named one of the top FBO chains in industry surveys.

“This move brings many positive things to the users of SLC and PVU, as well as the other TAC Air locations,” stated TAC Air VP & COO Christian Sasfai. “We’re going to deliver the best of both operations to our customers in the 14 markets we serve.”

Other Keystone Aviation subsidiaries, including aircraft charter and management, aircraft maintenance, and new & used aircraft sales will be consolidated under the Keystone Aviation brand. Industry veteran Bill Haberstock will lead the newly branded Keystone Aviation in the role of President, with all key sales and support personnel remaining intact. “The integration of Keystone Aviation’s FBOs into TAC Air along with the backing of Truman Arnold Companies will allow us to place a renewed focus on our aircraft sales, maintenance and management services,” stated Haberstock.

Sasfai also commented on how the arrangement reflects a growing national trend in general aviation services, stating “consolidation and resource sharing has become a necessary component of today’s aviation services industry in order to provide high quality, low cost products and services to aircraft owners and operators”. Meanwhile, TAC Air is actively pursuing other expansion opportunities and expects to announce more acquisitions this year.

Matt Davis Joins TAC Air as Director of Business Development

 

Focus Will Be On National Accounts and Expansion Opportunities

TEXARKANA, Texas (May 5, 2011) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, announces the addition of Matt Davis as Director of Business Development.

Davis will focus on TAC Air network expansion and acquisition opportunities, new product/services development and assist with base operations. “We are excited to have the combination of aviation experience and fresh ideas Matt brings to the table. His background and enthusiasm for expansion plus operations experience offer a tremendous asset for us as we continue to pursue new business opportunities” said Greg Arnold, President and CEO of Truman Arnold Companies.

Prior to joining TAC Air, Davis was Vice President of Aviation Marketing for Flightaware. He has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry including FBO general manager, sales & marketing manager and various operational roles. A multi-engine commercially rated pilot, Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Professional Pilots Vote TAC Air #1 Large FBO Chain

 

TEXARKANA, Texas (April 18, 2011) – Subscribers to Professional Pilot magazine voted TAC Air the #1 large fixed base operator (FBO) chain for 2011. TAC Air last won the award in 2007.

TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, led the field as Best Large FBO Chain. Greg Arnold, President and CEO of Truman Arnold Companies, said “Often when a company expands, they tend to lose some of the personal attention to detail that made them successful. In our case, we are fortunate to have team members in every location of our company who strive to meet the needs of those we serve. We are humbled by this honor and applaud the employees who do their very best each and every day at our 12 locations.”

A total of 1431 ballots were received for the 4-step process. The ballots were initially sent out to subscribers with the November 2010 edition of the magazine. A second request was mailed out with the December 2010 issue and a third request mailed with the January 2011 issue. Only original ballots were accepted and no more than 1 vote per respondent was accepted. Public relations, marketing and advertising personnel were ruled ineligible.

TAC Energy Names Carl Nelson National Account Manager

 

Position Created as Truman Arnold Companies Implements Aggressive Growth Strategy

TEXARKANA, Texas (February 3, 2011) – TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Companies has named Carl “Cheesie” Nelson TAC Energy National Account Manager. The position was created to enhance customer service to national accounts as well as new business development. “Carl is a natural for the position” according to Greg Arnold, Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) President & CEO; “his knowledge of the wholesale petroleum products industry and understanding the challenges a fuel purchaser faces today brings a wealth of talent and added value to our clients.” Nelson’s career in the petroleum industry spans from C-Store district manager, regional manager and centralized purchasing to wholesale petroleum sales. After functioning as VP of Sales and Marketing with a competing petroleum wholesaler from 2005 until 2009, Nelson joined TAC Energy as part of acquisition, maintaining 95% of the customer base. When asked what Nelson’s secret to his success was, he replied “understanding the customer’s needs and delivering.”

The National Account Manager position is just one component of TAC Energy’s growth strategy. Truman Arnold Companies announced last week an expansion of the company’s Dallas sales office, which will include enhancement of TAC Energy Supply & Logistics services. TAC Energy VP & COO John Rettiger explained “we’re using this opportunity to revolutionize the service our clients are receiving. Integrating our trading, supply & logistics and sales together in a national hub like Dallas will bring a higher level of speed and supply opportunities.”

Rettiger further explained more customer service enhancements will be coming online by late 3rd to early 4th quarter of this year. “We’re extremely excited about the synergy our move to Dallas is bringing. Implementation of an advanced computerized billing system and complete integration of our customer’s transactions from quoting, 24/7 supply & logistics hotline, inventory management and price risk management programs to the highest degree of speed and accuracy with billing is very exciting. TAC Energy will offer the most sophisticated services of any petroleum wholesaler in the nation – including big oil – yet maintain the nimbleness of an independent. It’s a perfect combination.”

Regarding Truman Arnold Companies expansion of the Dallas office, TAC President & CEO Greg Arnold stated “It’s our goal to double the size of TAC in 5 years. In order to do so, we’ve got to be strategic in the geographic positioning of our sales and their immediate support personnel to where the greatest growth opportunities are.” Truman Arnold Companies aviation division, TAC Air, will also be moving sales, marketing and customer service to the TAC Dallas office. Arnold confirmed the company headquarters will remain in Texarkana, Texas, stating “We’re committed to maintaining our operational support services in Texarkana. Financial, legal, information technology and other support services will remain where they are. As we grow the company, over time the Texarkana operations will have to grow in order to keep up with demand.”

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Truman Arnold Companies Expands Dallas Sales Office

 

Home Office Support to Remain in Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas (January 28, 2011) – As part of a growth strategy, Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) announced a plan to expand its operations in the company’s Dallas sales office. TAC President & CEO Greg Arnold stated “It’s our goal to double the size of TAC in 5 years. In order to do so, we’ve got to be strategic in the geographic positioning of our sales and their immediate support personnel to where the greatest growth opportunities are.”

Arnold confirmed the company headquarters will remain in Texarkana, stating “We’re committed to maintaining our operational support services here in Texarkana. Financial, legal, information technology and other support services will remain right here at home. As we grow the company, over time the Texarkana operations will have to grow in order to keep up with demand.”

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