DALLAS, Texas (January 10, 2014) – Today, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA) acquired TAC Air’s fixed base operation at the Chattanooga Airport (CHA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Terms of the agreement are not being released by TAC Air. The transaction goes into effect Saturday, January 11.

TAC Air started operations at CHA over a decade ago, acquiring the assets of Krystal Aviation. The FBO has been active on the field and in the community during its period of operation, hosting events, fly-ins, cook-outs and more. TAC Air has partnered locally with many organizations, including The Hixson Museum of Flight, Make-A-Wish, TC Thompson Children’s Hospital, and The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

While in operation at CHA, TAC Air was the recipient of numerous safety and customer service awards, including twice being named “#1 Large FBO Chain” by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine.

TAC Air will continue to operate its other 13 fixed base operations, and is expected to announce expansion of services at existing locations as well as entry in to new markets this year.


TAC Air currently has fixed-based operations with more than 400 associates in 13 cities: Amarillo, TX (AMA), 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
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 volumes approaching a 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

TAC Air Hosts Third Annual ‘Cool Yule Fly-In’ for Children and Families


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (December 20, 2013) – Christmas came early for some area women and children today at  TAC Air, as the third annual ‘Cool Yule Fly-In’ was held at the fixed-base-operators Chattanooga facility.

The annual event is designed to share holiday cheer with families who are spending their holidays at the Partnership’s Domestic Violence Center.  Santa gave his reindeer a rest today, opting to fly to TAC Air in a bright red restored T-28 airplane to greet children from the Partnership.  After landing, Santa handed out toys to the children, provided by The Forgotten Child Fund.

Sandra Hollet, CEO of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults said, “The Cool Yule Fly-In is always a special holiday experience for the families from the Partnership.  We are extremely grateful for the support of TAC Air”.

Santa’s fly-in was held in conjunction with the cookout  TAC Air hosts each month for its customers.  TAC Air also provided lunch for the children and families visiting. An added attraction this year was a brilliant red fire truck  The Forgotten Child Fund had display for the children to tour.

“We look forward to spreading some holiday cheer to the children from The Partnership,” said Pam McAllister, General Manager for TAC Air in Chattanooga.  “This event is a great way to bring together our friends, wonderful staff and the families from The Partnership for a celebration that everyone looks forward to throughout the year.”

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Fixed Base Operation Provides Backdrop For Major Fundraising Event’s Tenth Anniversary 

RALEIGH – DURHAM, North Carolina (November 22, 2013) –  Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH) is proud to announce the annual A Vintage Affair: The Sky’s the Limit! gala on November 8, 2013 at TAC Air at RDU raised $195,600! Now in its tenth year, this fundraising event is a celebration of the mission of Children’s Flight of Hope and raises 1/3 of the organization’s annual operating budget.

A hangar at TAC Air is transformed for the event

A hangar at TAC Air is transformed for the event

“This year’s theme, The Sky’s the Limit, represents the great strides CFOH has taken to-date and the limitless potential Children’s Flight of Hope has to assist children who are in need of air transportation to seek medical treatment,” said CFOH executive director Staci Barfield. “Guests raved about the TAC Air hangar as it provided a perfect backdrop for this unique, top-notch event and is a space that few ever get to see otherwise. The TAC Air staff was beyond courteous and helpful; the best group we have ever had the pleasure of working with. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership and are grateful for their support!”


About Children’s Flight of Hope
Established in 1991, the mission of Children’s Flight of Hope is to provide free air transportation to and from medical facilities for seriously ill or injured children who – due to medical, financial or logistical reasons – cannot travel to their destinations by any other method.Children’s Flight of Hope offers our services at no cost to children between birth and eighteen years of age and serves families regardless of race, religious affiliation or medical diagnosis. We offer our services to children and families within the eastern region of the United States, keeping our support to a 600-nautical-mile radius from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Lack of transportation to the treatment facilities, which can be located far from their homes, prevents many seriously ill and injured children from receiving the specialized medical care they need although it may be readily available. We strive to take away the worries associated with transportation so the family can focus on what’s most important: the health of their child. For more information, visit

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.




TAC Air Assists with Rescue FlightTAC Air AMA Helps the Pilots N Paws Organization


DALLAS, Texas (July 26, 2013) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, recently played a part in a Pilots N Paws rescue mission to get a retired Marine K9 to his new temporary home. This is the fourth transport that TAC Air AMA has aided with so far this year.

Solo, a retired Marine K9 bomb sniffer, was adopted by his handler Greg Adzima eight months ago. Since adopting Solo, Greg has been deployed back to Afghanistan for another year. With his deployment approaching it was imperative that Solo be moved from MCB Camp Pendleton, CA where he currently resides to Pottstown, PA where he will be living with Greg’s parents until Greg’s return.

Pilots N Paws is a nonprofit organization that serves as a place for people who rescue animals and volunteer pilots and plane owners to come together to arrange rescue flights and foster care for animals across the country. TAC Air AMA served as a resting and refueling point for the passengers and crew on Solo’s journey to Pennsylvania.

In addition to this assignment, TAC Air AMA has joined with Pilots N Paws this year to transport two English Pointers from a shelter in Houston to Salida, CO and another Pointer going from Clovis, NM to Nebraska.





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




TAC Air Expands Aircraft Maintenance Expertise at Shreveport Regional Airport



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).




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.


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


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.

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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