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.”

TAC Air Consolidates GMU FBO as Chain Positions For 2011 Expansions

 

TEXARKANA, Texas (October 29, 2010) – TAC Air has sold its Greenville, South Carolina (GMU) FBO operation to Greenville Jet Center. Operations will officially transfer at midnight tonight. Terms of the sale will not be released.

According to TAC Air VP & COO Christian Sasfai, the move reflects a growing trend in general aviation FBO services, stating “consolidation 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 several acquisition opportunities. According to Sasfai, “We’re simply reallocating our resources to where the greatest opportunities are. We expect to make our first acquisition announcement in early 2011, with more to follow.”

The other 12 FBOs will continue to operate as usual. However, Sasfai is quick to point out the GMU consolidation is another example of market trends. He predicts the sponsors of regional airports such as Chattanooga Metropolitan (CHA) who plan to add government funded FBOs where market consolidations have already occurred will be “disappointed” in the outcome. “Adding a government subsidized FBO where the free market has already undergone consolidation makes absolutely no sense.”

When asked about the future of TAC Air at CHA, Sasfai replied “TAC Air has invested millions of dollars into Chattanooga and provides more than 30 jobs. There is very little difference between CHA and GMU in that aviation support services can be provided more cost effectively by a single provider; over saturating markets such as CHA and GMU with service providers typically results in higher prices – not lower prices – as each operator struggles to cover its fixed costs. TAC Air is fully committed to the CHA market and will continue to operate and do everything we can to protect the jobs of our Chattanooga associates.”

For more information on TAC Air, log on to www.tacair.com

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TAC Air Opens World-Class Executive Terminal at LEX

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Grand Opening of FBO Chain’s Flagship Facility.

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (July 28, 2011) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies cut the ribbon this morning on a new 12,000 sq. ft. executive terminal at Blue Grass Airport (LEX). The event was held outside the terminal as miniature jockeys representing local tenants’ horse farms “held” the ribbon as it was being cut. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with TAC Air VP and COO Christian Sasfai recognizing local business, government and airport officials from Lexington. ”Everything is optimized for a world-class customer experience for pilots and passengers. Building this facility from the ground up allowed us to design it around the needs of today’s general aviation customer.” stated Sasfai, who went on to explain this executive terminal is the first the 13 location FBO chain has built from the ground up.

Blue Grass Airport director Bobby Owens took the podium, as well as Lexington mayor Jim Newberry. Both stressed the importance of general aviation to the local economy, as well as TAC Air’s vital services to the airport as a whole such as providing the fueling services for all scheduled airline flights at Blue Grass Airport. Greg Arnold, President and CEO of TAC Air’s parent Truman Arnold Companies thanked all those in attendance who made this terminal a reality, including Blue Grass Airport officials.

According to Arnold, “Working with airport officials who understand the importance of a proper and healthy partnership between private business general aviation and public airports creates a TAC Air Opens Terminal û page 2 winning scenario for everyone involved. The terms of the lease agreement between TAC Air and Blue Grass Airport provide that all of TAC Air’s $11 million investment in terminal and hangar improvements will be turned over to the airport at the end of the 20 year lease – not costing taxpayers a dime.”

Arnold stated from the podium that after operating at LEX for 13 years, TAC Air was “giving back to the local aviation community.” A $50,000 contribution in cash and services to The Aviation Museum of Kentucky was presented by Greg Arnold to Dr. Ray Garman, chair of the museum.

Additionally, preliminary plans are coming together for a fundraising event benefiting the museum to be held at the new TAC Air terminal. Inside the new TAC Air executive terminal you are immediately greeted by a bright red replica of a Beechcraft Staggerwing suspended from the atrium ceiling. First used in the dawn of general aviation back in the 1930s, the plane was considered heresy being introduced during the Great Depression – which is why it was chosen for to represent TAC Air. “When we made the decision to make an $11 million investment here at Blue Grass Airport, like when Beechcraft introduced the Staggerwing, it was during a tough time in general aviation. But here we are today at our newest flagship executive terminal completed and ready to go for the World Equestrian Games.” stated Greg Arnold.

TAC Air is the “preferred provider of fixed base operations” for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Kip Simanek, TAC Air LEX general manager, detailed more of the amenities. “We have every service you would expect in a world-class FBO executive terminal – and then some. A high definition movie theater, exercise facilities, wireless printing from laptops & smart phones, showers and pilot lounge with private sleep rooms.”

In addition to pilot amenities, the passenger waiting lounge is flanked with high-definition television programming and can be partitioned for VIP privacy. The terminal also features two conference rooms and an art gallery featuring works by local artisans.

TAC Air has also opened 45,000 sq. ft. of new hangar space in time for the equestrian games. Even after the games are completed, the hangar space is expected to be a draw to LEX when it competes with other airports for spillover traffic from regional events such as the Kentucky Derby. TAC Air originally announced a redevelopment package for their LEX operations in August 2009. These plans included the building of the new executive terminal; the purchase of Air51, an FBO facility that opened at Blue Grass Airport in early 2008; and construction of new hangar space. Upgrades to TAC Air’s FBOs are not limited to LEX. The chain is currently implementing the new facilities standards of LEX to several of its 13 locations, including a recently completed remodeling at RDU, upgrades at APA and CHA, plus a major remodel at scheduled for SUS.

For more information on TAC Air, log on to www.tacair.com.

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