MEDIA STATEMENT

Chattanooga Airport’s Fixed Base Operation Continues Operating at a Loss Regardless of FAA Part 16 Decision.

DALLAS, Texas (October 8, 2013) – While we strongly disagree with the FAA’s decision on the Part 16 complaint, it has not changed the fundamentals of the situation.  Using taxpayer funds, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) has developed an FBO that competes unfairly with private business.  The FAA’s decision sets a dangerous precedent which will drive private investment away from airports.

To date, the CMAA has lost more than $1.2 million dollars operating their FBO, which brought unnecessary capacity to the airport, with no end in sight.  It is our hope that eventually common sense will prevail so Tennessee taxpayers and all users of the Chattanooga Airport will stop being forced to subsidize the CMAA’s FBO, managed by Wilson Air Center. For more information, log on to www.tacair.com/whopays.

 

 
 

 

TAC Air Expands Aircraft Maintenance Expertise at Shreveport Regional Airport

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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (August 9, 2013) –  TAC Air, A division of Truman Arnold Companies, announces the addition of Martin “Marty” Fluegge as Director of Maintenance for the fixed base operation’s aviation maintenance facility at Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV).

According to TAC Air SHV general manager Wes Williams, “The Shreveport and surrounding aviation community will benefit from Marty’s presence in the market. He adds to TAC Air and the region a tremendous wealth of technical knowledge and experience. We are thrilled to have him.”

Marty holds an A&P certificate with inspector authorization and has extensive experience on a wide array of aircraft including Gulfstream, the American Eurocopter EC135, AS350, and EC120, the MBB BO-105, the Sikorsky S76, and Cessna Citation X, CJ, and CJ2 aircraft. The addition of Fluegge to TAC Air SHV’s maintenance facility “brings a unique expertise to the region, especially considering Marty’s experience with rotary-wing aircraft, which are plentiful in Louisiana,” according to TAC Air Vice President and COO Christian Sasfai.

With a career that originated in the Coast Guard, Marty takes a personal interest in every aircraft that comes through the shop, stating “I know how important safety is, and how important it is to perform the job correctly the first time.”

TAC Air operates 14 fixed base operations across the continent, with other maintenance facilities at Raleigh-Durham, NC, (RDU), and Fort Smith, AR (FSM), as well as TAC Air’s Keystone Aviation branded maintenance shops in Aurora, OR, (UAO), and Salt Lake City, UT (SLC).

 

TAC AIR APA HOSTS NBAA REGIONAL FORUM

 

DENVER, Colorado (July 11, 2013) – Over 14 business aircraft, 85 exhibitors and nearly 1,000 general aviation professionals descended upon TAC Air’s facilities located at Centennial Airport for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Regional Forum. The third of four regional forums this year, the event is a showcase of business aviation aircraft, pilots, ground support and service suppliers for the general aviation industry. In addition to exhibits, the event provides a venue for the industry to exchange information on general aviation matters such as airport policies, environmental protocols, safety and security proposals, taxation and other issues.

TAC Air APA’s general manager Dan Bryant commented, “As one of five fixed-based-operators (FBO) at Centennial Airport (APA), we’re very honored to be selected by NBAA to host this event. It’s great for the local economy, the airport, and the regional aviation community as a whole.”  NBAA alternates its annual convention of nearly 25,000 attendees between Orlando, FL and Las Vegas NV. The regional forums are a scaled down version of the annual event designed to showcase world-class general aviation exhibits at the regional level.

The static display provided a world-class exhibit of business and general aviation aircraft, especially for a regional event.  Although one of the smallest aircraft present, it was the Quest KODIAK displayed by Salt Lake City’s Keystone Aviation that was the “buzz” of the show. Designed specifically for special missions, the single engine turboprop is capable of takeoff at maximum weight on a 1,000 ft. runway and can be outfitted with floats for water takeoff and landing.

Other regional forums were held this year in Long Beach, CA, and White Plains, NY, with the final regional forum to be held September 12th in Chicago.

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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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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TAC Air Awards 1,000,000 WingPoints

Winner drawn from entries during Utah Sundance Film Festival Event

 

DALLAS, Texas (February 28, 2013) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies awarded Sela Plane, LLC pilot Jim Moe 1,000,000 Phillips 66 WingPoints. The prize was awarded from a random drawing of entries collected from TAC Air’s SLC and PVU locations during the month of January. The period also coincides with peak volume from ski season and the Sundance Film Festival. According to TAC Air SLC Customer Service Supervisor Kris Sumsion, “we had a blast with the contest, and look forward to more in the future”.

 

TAC Air Omaha Completes Executive Terminal Renovations

20,000 square foot of new hangar space announced

 

DALLAS, Texas (January 14, 2013) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, has just completed extensive interior and exterior renovations to its executive terminal at Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, Nebraska, and is moving forward with the construction of 20,000 square feet of new hangar space to accommodate general aviation customers.

Interior upgrades were made throughout the executive terminal to passenger and pilot lounge areas alike in order to exceed visitor expectations.  Improvements to the interior facility include new wall and floor coverings, remodeled restrooms, a modernized conference room, a remodeled pilot lounge with new furniture, HDTV and work stations, new and refinished lobby furniture, an updated weather briefing room, enhanced Wi-Fi connections and a new interior ceiling.

Upgrades to the OMA facility are not limited to the interior spaces; the exterior of the facility has also been overhauled to meet customers’ needs.  Passengers will now be shielded from the elements by a new ramp side entrance canopy, as well as a new street side covered pick up and drop off canopy.  All new exterior LED lighting and a new executive terminal roof have also been installed.  Hangar interiors were also painted and floors refinished during the renovation.

TAC Air is excited to announce that construction of a 20,000 square foot storage hangar, 2,000 square feet of office space and 60,000 square feet of ramp space is slated to begin immediately to accommodate growing industry demands.  Construction of the new amenities is scheduled to be completed by late spring of 2013.

According to TAC Air OMA general manager Mike Wilwerding, “We’re very pleased with the outcome of the renovation project and covered entrances for our customers. Pilots and passengers alike will all benefit from all the upgrades throughout the executive terminal and hangars.”

To view 360°panoramic images of the interior, log on to tacair.com/jet-a-at-tac-air-oma or CLICK HERE

TAC Energy Constructs Diesel Exhaust Fluid Hub In North Little Rock

DEF hub located within a petroleum terminal is first of its kind

 

TAC Energy’s new diesel exhaust fluid loading rack with rail supply hub in background.

 

DALLAS, Texas (January 14, 2013) – TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, is nearing completion of construction on a new diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) distribution hub. The new facility will be online early February, and is located at Arkansas Terminaling & Trading in North Little Rock, AR.

Supplied by rail, the new facility is the first bulk DEF rail trans-loading facility in Central Arkansas, providing the most efficient and highest volume facility of its kind. Also, the new facility is the only DEF terminal in the nation located within a refined petroleum products terminal facility at this time. With the expansion at the terminal, TAC Energy will become a Tier 1 distributor of TerraCair® Ultrapure Diesel Exhaust Fluid.  Ken Martin, Terra’s Regional Distribution Sales Manager states, “The exciting thing about the terminal arrangement is not only that it has state of the art truck loading and 24/7 availability, but that it has a DEF terminal operating within a petroleum terminal.”

Both on-road and non-road diesel equipment operators have rapidly become aware of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) as part of their fuel supply chain. With demand for DEF locked-in to growth as new equipment comes online, TAC Energy saw the need in the marketplace to invest three times the typical capital investment in a DEF hub with the inclusion of higher speed rack-type loading. According to TAC Energy Diesel Exhaust Fluid Business Manager Ron Klein, “What this means for our customers is a more efficient supply chain and single terminal of both diesel fuel and DEF”.  According to Klein, there are numerous other advantages, “Higher speed pumps at the rack mean more loads per driver. Additionally, TAC Energy customers can simply add DEF to their existing Loading Number at the terminal; ensuring seamless back office integration while eliminating the need for driver retraining. This all equates to lower operating costs for our customers.”

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DEF will be supplied to TAC Energy’s terminal hub via rail cars arriving from neighboring Terra Environmental Technologies (Terra), a CF Industries Company, ammonia plants in Yazoo City, MS, Woodward, OK or the other DEF approved plants.  The product will be unloaded into multiple tanks at the terminal and then onto customers’ bobtails and transports typically holding 5000 gallons.  DEF transports hold less than diesel since tanker construction is typically stainless steel and DEF is heavier than diesel.

In December, TAC Energy combined its Caddo Mills, TX and Arkansas Terminaling & Trading operations into a master limited partnership with JP Energy Partners of Irving, TX. However, TAC Energy is the sole developer behind DEF hub project. “What this means for TAC Energy customers is a seamless transition when our customers add DEF to their supply chain. We now offer one call, one invoice, one solution supply to our diesel customers who will be using DEF when new equipment comes online.” This is according to Greg Arnold, President  & CEO of Truman Arnold Companies.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-hazardous product that consists of 67.5% de-ionized water and 32.5% urea. It is not a fuel additive and cannot be combined with diesel fuel, but rather is contained in a dedicated tank for diesel engines and injected into the exhaust system using a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The EPA has emissions standards for NOx emissions, particulate matter and other pollutants from diesel engines. DEF, in conjunction with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) is used in the emissions systems on new diesel powered equipment to meet these standards. When DEF is injected into the exhaust using a SCR system, it combines with a catalyst to break down NOx into nitrogen and water. In addition to reducing emissions, the added benefits of this system are increased fuel efficiency and longer oil change intervals. While the consumption of DEF varies, it typically ranges from 1.5% to 2.5% the volume of diesel fuel for a particular diesel powered machine or vehicle.

Diesel powered heavy duty highway trucks and busses started utilizing DEF and the SCR catalyst systems in 2010 to meet EPA emissions standards. By 2016, nearly all new diesel powered equipment and vehicles including marine and locomotive will be using DEF.

TAC Air Announces One Million WingPoints® Giveaway

Participants can enter January 1st through January 31st at SLC and PVU locations.

 

DALLAS, Texas (December 27, 2012) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, is giving away one million Phillips 66 WingPoints® from its Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah locations. The prize will be awarded in a lump sum to one lucky winner from a random drawing that will take place February 1st, 2013. Customers are eligible to enter at each TAC Air Utah location through the month of January, which includes the Sundance Film Festival running January 17th through 27th.

According to TAC Air SLC general manager Mike McCarty, “We’ve always made it a top priority to make our customers feel like a millionair. Giving away one million WingPoints® is something we’re very excited about.”

Entry forms will be available at the front service counter at both TAC Air Utah locations, and are available with any fuel purchase. Entries are limited to one per fueling. For complete rules, visit tacair.com and click on either the SLC or PVU pages.

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.