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.

 

TAC Energy Moves Terminal Operations into JP Energy Partners LP

TAC President & CEO Greg Arnold Appointed to Board of Directors

 

DALLAS, Texas (December 13, 2012) – TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) has announced that it is combining its Caddo Mills, TX and North Little Rock, AR terminal operations into a master limited partnership with JP Energy Partners, LP (JP Energy).  Terms of this agreement were not disclosed.

Prior to the transaction TAC owned 100% of the Caddo Mills terminal and 100% of the North Little Rock terminal, which was previously co-owned with the shareholders of Coulson Oil Company and branded Arkansas Terminaling and Trading.  In place since the 1980s, this has been a “highly valued relationship” said Mike Coulson, Chairman of the Board of Coulson Oil Company.  “We have enjoyed our longstanding relationship with TAC and are now equally excited to be tapping into JP Energy’s expertise.”

According to Greg Arnold, President & CEO of TAC, this move will allow the privately owned company to place a greater emphasis on its energy marketing and aviation services business, as TAC continues to expand its national footprint.  TAC currently markets refined fuels in 48 states and aviation operations in 14 major markets.

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Greg Arnold continued, “TAC partnering with JP Energy is a synergistic move for both companies.  The terminals have been solid performers for us and come with a team of associates that are second to none. Adding these operations to JP Energy’s network of midstream assets is a perfect complement to their business model.  In addition, TAC Energy’s supply & logistics services to our wholesale customers will be strengthened by utilizing the JP Energy supply chain.  It’s a win for both companies and our customers.”

In conjunction with the move, TAC President & CEO Greg Arnold will be appointed to the JP Energy Board of Directors.  J. Patrick Barley, President & CEO of JP Energy stated, “The addition of Greg to our board brings us the experience and intellectual capital of one of the leading independent oil marketers in the nation. This combined with TAC’s experience in terminal operations, trading, and supply & logistics will be a tremendous benefit to JP Energy.”

In May, 2012, TAC’s general aviation division, TAC Air, completed its largest acquisition to date by purchasing Keystone Aviation, LLC and rebranding the company’s Salt Lake City (KSLC) and Provo (KPVU) FBOs TAC Air. The TAC Air company also offers aircraft charter, maintenance, management and sales & brokerage services and will remain based at SLC operating under the Keystone Aviation brand.

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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

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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.