General Aviation Generates Positive Economic Impact For Chattanooga


Back to Back Events A First at Chattanooga-Lovell Field Airport

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 18, 2010) – For the first time, the Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association (MAPA) Safety Foundation, Inc. will bring its acclaimed Mooney pilot proficiency program to Tennessee. It will be held May 21-23 at the Chattanooga-Lovell Field airport (CHA). The event will play host to over 30 Mooney aircraft plus their pilots, passengers and instructors for the 3-day event.

Ted Corsones, COO of MAPA commented on the value Chattanooga offers for the gathering “There are few places where you can experience so many world-class attractions and visit so many sites as the Chattanooga area. We are aware of the state of the economy for our membership and are looking to host a successful event promoting aviation safety. The airport and TAC Air have given their support through discounts on fuel and fees and have been a pleasure to work with”.

While the company has undergone several incarnations since being founded in1929, Mooney aircraft has enjoyed a loyal following among general aviation (GA) enthusiasts and are noted for their speed, safety, industry innovations, range and signature forward leaning vertical stabilizer tail design.

One reason for the excitement of what would otherwise be an unnoticed event is the fact that general aviation took a huge hit with the recession. Nationally, GA aircraft sales and flight volume plummeted over 30% from a peak in 2007 to 2009. GA fuel sales were “soft” in 2009 according to TAC Air, but only off approximately 10% from a 2007 peak.

Industry experts believe that while the worst for GA is over, the recovery will be gradual. Because of that, every local event involving GA is welcomed by TAC Air.

On the other hand, a recent event to be noticed even during the best of times was the AT&T Annual Meeting in Chattanooga on April 30th. According to AT&T’s web site, the average attendance at their shareholder’s meeting is around 250. While that may not be a huge event in terms of number of attendees, it does bring in a significant volume of business jet traffic. And with that û a surge in jet fuel sales. “We were fully staffed for the event.” according to Pam McAllister, general manager of TAC Air CHA. “Our fuel sales and traffic volume doubled. Anytime an event such as a sports team coming through on a chartered aircraft, a corporate meeting or entertainers utilizing GA services it means an increase in our payroll, sales tax collections and revenue to the airport û all of which is good for Chattanooga and our airport”.

TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, is the fixed base operation (FBO) at CHA that provides fuel, ground support services and hangar space for GA aircraft. Without the services of an FBO present at the airport, Chattanooga would simply not be a viable option for these types of events.

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TAC Air Unveils Renovated Terminal


RDU Open House Showcases Facility to Aviation Industry.

RALEIGH-DURHAM, North Carolina (April 7, 2010) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies unveiled its new FBO interior design standards this evening at an invitation only open house for the local aviation industry. The event was held inside the TAC Air executive terminal at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Greg Arnold, President and CEO of Truman Arnold Companies commented  “We’re very excited and pleased to see how the new standards came to life.” Upgrades to the facility include a more open and customer friendly floor plan, customer work stations with enhanced business services including wireless printing from laptops and smart phones, completely renovated restrooms, expanded pilot lounge, a compliment of new furnishings and adaptation of the new TAC Air decorating standards for wall and floor coverings.

“The amenities TAC Air offers and the aesthetics of the renovated facility are perfectly aligned with what our sophisticated and tech savvy Raleigh-Durham clientele expect” stated Christian Sasfai, Vice President and COO of TAC Air as he demonstrated the wireless printing service offered. According to Sasfai,  “Our goal is to provide value to our customers through the services, amenities and products TAC Air offers. By updating our offerings to match what our customers desire, we achieve that goal. Added services such as being able to easily print a document from a smart phone or laptop is just one of the ways we help our customers maximize their time at our facilities and derive value.”

Raleigh Durham International Airport began a three-phase general aviation redevelopment in 1997, which included the 2004 completion of the space currently occupied by TAC Air. It was October 2007 when TAC Air opened its 12th FBO by purchasing Southern Jet at RDU. Even though the facility is only 6 years old, it was “perfect timing for an upgrade” according to Teresa Yates, General Manager of TAC Air RDU.  “Our facility was on par with our competitors locally and regionally, but we saw the opportunity to upgrade while the market was soft in order to be ready when the industry turns around.”

Recent data shows TAC Air’s timing is right. According to Flight Aware’s March 2010 General Aviation Report, general aviation traffic rebounded 22.5% from February 2010 to March 2010 and 6.6% from March 2009 to March 2010.

Upgrades to TAC Air’s FBOs are not limited to RDU. The chain is currently rolling out the new standards to several of its 13 locations, including construction of a new executive terminal at Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, KY. The new TAC Air LEX facility is scheduled to open mid-summer and has the prestigious status of being named  “preferred FBO” for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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TAC Air Adds Number Thirteen, New Location at Spirit of St. Louis Airport Opens Today


ST. LOUIS, Missouri (January 14, 2009) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, officially begins services at its newest location at Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) Chesterfield, MO. TAC Air purchased the assets of Jet Direct, bringing the award-winning FBO chain’s total locations to 13 and adding its first Missouri property.

“We are pleased to add this highly experienced team of professionals to our growing network of FBO’s,” said Danny Walsh, VP Aviation for TAC Air. “We are eager to begin services and bring the TAC Air passion for service to St. Louis.”

The St. Louis TAC Air is a fixed-base operation providing fuel to general aviation customers as well as top of the line customer service, catering, accommodations, transportation and more. TAC Air – SUS is the 13th facility to operate under the TAC Air name, with the reputation throughout the industry for providing excellent service.

Phil Bissonnette an industry veteran will serve as General Manager leading a team of dedicated professionals.


TAC Air Selects Three Finalists for the 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at NBAA Convention


Media Invited to Giveaway at the TAC Air Booth #1025 Tues. Oct. 6, 2 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Texas (September 3, 2008) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, has announced that Sherry Hunert of Washington, IN, Terry Bryan of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ed Rafferty of Shreveport, LA., are finalists who have a chance at winning the 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, courtesy of TAC Air.

The finalists represent three of many entries received since April, when TAC Air’s “King of the Mountain,” kicked off. All pilots using TAC Air’s fixed-base operation (FBO) services at its 12 different locations were eligible to submit one entry a day until the July 31 deadline. This year’s giveaway is a rugged and powerful 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, valued at over $35,000. It is the ultimate vehicle for the “King of the Mountain.”

“This year’s campaign was really about the customer’s experience, and how we at TAC Air our committed to making each customer feel like they are royalty,” said Greg Arnold, President and CEO of Truman Arnold Companies. “We are looking forward to giving away the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to this year’s King of the Mountain.”

TAC Air will again sponsor the three finalists to attend the NBAA Meeting and Convention in Orlando, FL., October 6-8. The Jeep will be given away at 2 p.m. at the TAC Air booth #1025 on Tuesday, October 6.

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the pinnacle of the TAC Air’s 2008 “King of the Mountain” marketing campaign. The campaign is second of a two- year campaign focused on the experience that TAC Air provides. It invites all customers that come to TAC Air to be treated like they are each the most important person —meaning, the FBO chain’s more than 300 associates treat customers with excellent customer service and the best line service available. This year’s giveaway continues TAC Air’s tradition that began several years ago during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Giveaways at previous NBAA conventions include a 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout, a Hummer H3, a Rolex watch, a 2000 Volkswagen “Bug”, a 2001 PT Cruiser, a 1945 yellow vintage Piper Cub and a perfectly restored 1957 Thunderbird convertible.


TAC Air- Centennial opens airports largest hangar


ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (June 28, 2008) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, opened the doors to its newest and largest hangar on Friday, July 25, 2008. With this addition, 30,000 square feet of hangar and 3,500 of office space are now available for lease.

Centennial Airport, one of the nation’s busiest, has continued to show demand for hangar space and reflects the strength and growth in the community. “The overwhelming volume of calls requesting space was heard loud and clear,” said Dan Bryant, General Manager of TAC Air – Centennial. “We are pleased to not only meet our customer’s needs but to provide them with the largest single hangar at Centennial Airport.”

Construction of the new hangar has been underway since early spring with CMC Group of Denver, Colorado serving as the contractor. “CMC has been a great partner during this endeavor,” said Danny Walsh, Vice President of Aviation for Truman Arnold Companies. “Through this process they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure they delivered a quality product.”

TAC Air – Centennial is one of the network’s 12 FBOs with more than 300 associates delivering a passion for service across the country.


TAC Energy Expands Caddo Mills Fuel Storage Facility

The two phase expansion poises TAC Energy for future growth

CADDO MILLS, Texas (June 28, 2008) – TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) based in Texarkana, Texas, completed a two year and $6.5 million expansion of its Caddo Mills fuel storage facility.

Over the last 24 months the Caddo Mills terminal, located approximately 40 miles northeast of Dallas, has undergone two major expansions. The first phase of the expansion includes adding three additional storage tanks, an additional two-bay truck load rack, product pumps, a vapor combustor, an oil-water separator and overhead piping. The new tanks increase total terminal capacity by nearly 30 percent. One of the tanks holds 80,000 Bbl. (one Bbl. equals 42 U.S. gallons) of regular (87 octane) RFG/RBOB gasoline; the second is a 50,000 Bbl. tank for premium (93 octane) RFG/RBOB gasoline; the third is a 20,000 Bbl. tank for Ethanol. RFG, or reformulated gasoline, is blended to burn cleaner and reduce pollutants in the air, and it is required for vehicles in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.

The second phase of expansion involved adding an 110,000 Bbl. storage tank for conventional regular gasoline and a third lane to the recently completed west load rack, providing a total of five lanes at this facility. The latest load lane will give TAC Energy the ability to blend conventional gasoline with Ethanol for our customers that desire a gasohol product. This addition is a proactive move that provides, with a simple change, the ability to convert the lane from a conventional to BOB resulting in three lanes for loading RFG products.

“This expansion enables TAC Energy to be a viable supplier of petroleum to the Dallas Metroplex while continuing to serve our customers in the surrounding areas,” said John Rettiger, Vice President of Wholesale Marketing. “We are excited about this growth opportunity and the ability to serve customers in an extended market.”

Before the expansion, the 20-year-old Caddo Mills terminal already had fuel storage capacity for 510,000 Bbl., including multiple loading lanes with both generic and proprietary gasoline additive packages with smart injectors. The completed expansion brings the total storage capacity to 770,000 Bbl.


Clark Brands Announces Preferred Supplier Agreement with TAC


TEXARKANA, Texas (February 18, 2008) – Clark Brands has selected TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, as a Preferred Vendor for Petroleum Supply. TAC Energy will be recommended by Clark to those Clark Licensees seeking to expand and improve their petroleum supply options.

“We believe the addition of TAC Energy to our Preferred Petroleum Suppliers further enhances the value of the Clark brand for our Licensees,” said Karl Goodhouse, Clark’s president. “Clark Licensees manage their own supply cost of goods by purchasing their best supply cost everyday. We’re pleased to be able to recommend TAC Energy to those Licensees who are seeking to enhance their businesses with a new source of competitive supply. TAC Energy has fuel available in every one of the 26 states we’re in today and, because they have a strong fuel supply network that encompasses all 50 states, they’ll be there as we enter new markets.”

John Rettiger, TAC Energy Vice President, said, “We are excited to be partnering with the Clark brand as a Preferred Petroleum Supplier. We find that the Clark Brand is very appealing to retailers who want all the benefits of a branded retail program, while maintaining complete control over how they run their business. Our role at TAC Energy is to provide each Clark customer with guaranteed fuel supply at the lowest possible cost, every day.” TAC Energy is also a Clark Brand Licensee with several locations flying the Clark brand in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.


TAC Air Adds Value for Customers


New Self-Fueling Facility at TAC Air – Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (October 29, 2007) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, now offers customers more flexibility when they visit the Fixed Base Operation (FBO) chain’s Knoxville location with the installation of a self-fueling station. The self-fuel facility is separate from the main FBO allowing customers quick and easy access and payment for 100LL Avgas.

“This is just another value-added service we are proud to bring to the Knoxville flying community,” said Randall Honea, General Manager of TAC Air — Knoxville, located at the McGee Tyson Airport. “Our customers want options when they fly, and TAC Air is pleased to provide one more way to help them find what they need when they visit us in Knoxville.”

As an introduction of the self-fueling station, through December 1, TAC Air — Knoxville is offering fuel at a special rate of $4.25 a gallon. With the high number of weekend flyers and those who love flying but are on a fixed budget, the self-fueling area allows flexibility to customers to fuel their own aircraft at a reduced rate. The self-fueling option is also a perk for those aircraft enthusiasts who prefer to be involved in all aspects of aircraft ownership and maintenance.


TAC Air Now Better by the Dozen


New Location at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Opens Today

RALEIGH-DURHAM, North Carolina (October 2, 2007) – Today TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, officially began services at its new location in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (RDU). TAC Air has purchased the assets of Southern Jet, bringing the award-winning FBO chain’s total locations to an even dozen and adding its first North Carolina property.

We are looking forward to offering our customers another opportunity to use TAC Air when they visit the Triangle region of North Carolina, said Danny Walsh, VP Aviation for TAC Air. It is through the great legacy of service begun by Southern Jet and the solid relationships fostered with the RDU Airport leadership, that we are eager to begin services and bring the TAC Air passion for service to Raleigh-Durham.

To mark the occasion, all TAC Air locations across the country are celebrating their new status of being better by the dozen by welcoming customers, airport partners and the media to enjoy doughnuts and coffee throughout the week of October 2-6.

Like its 11 other locations, TAC Air RDU offers the best in fixed-base operations with a strong focus on excellence in line service and customer service. The Raleigh-Durham TAC Air boasts amenities such as on-site rental and courtesy cars, WSI weather briefing, gourmet catering, U.S. Customs services, a spacious heated hangar, hi-speed Internet access, experienced maintenance department, large ramp space and more.

Also in place is an experienced leadership team including Adam Elkins, serving as General Manager; Chris Daley, Line Service Manager, and Jamie Twiford, Customer Service Supervisor.


TAC Air Announces Winner of Antique Watercraft at NBAA Convention


TEXARKANA, Texas (September 26, 2007) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, announced today that Dave Leuschel of Taylors, S.C., is the lucky winner of a beautifully restored 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout, valued at more than $45,000.

Leuschel, who pilots a Citation XL for a private company, registered to win the Chris-Craft at the TAC Air fixed-based operations (FBO) facility in Greenville, S.C, just one of thousands of entrants vying for the antique watercraft.

Leuschel could not stop smiling after winning the Chris-Craft. He and his wife Cara said they will have the boat on a lake in their hometown this weekend. “I couldn’t believe it when I won!” said Leuschel. A pilot since 1995, Leuschel was the third finalist to take his turn at breaking a champagne bottle against the Chris-Craft to reveal the winning ticket inside. “I have been to almost every TAC Air FBO, and they do a first-class job every time I visit. I feel great and can’t thank TAC Air enough for this beautiful boat.”

Leuschel, along with the two other finalists, were flown to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Atlanta, Ga., where the final drawing for the Chris-Craft took place. Each finalist received a champagne bottle with a ticket hidden inside, and the winner took his turn christening the boat by breaking open the bottle and revealing the winning ticket. Leuschel celebrated with TAC Air staff and convention attendees as TAC Air popped the cork on a bottle of real champagne to mark the occasion.

The finalists represent three of more than 21,000 entries received since February, a 40 percent increase over entries for the previous year’s giveaway.

All pilots using TAC Air’s FBO services at its 11 different locations were eligible to submit one entry a day until the August 15 deadline. This year’s giveaway of Timeless, the classic 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout, was one of the 1950s most popular upscale boat designs. The boat’s records show that only 64 of these models were built in 1959, and only 12 remain in working condition. Timeless has won multiple contests for pristine upkeep and restoration.

The two other finalists were Michael Carpenter of Birmingham, Ala., a medical helicopter pilot, and Doug Campbell of Columbia, Ky., who pilots a Cessna Citation II for a private company. Carpenter registered at the TAC Air FBO in Shreveport, La., and Campbell registered at the TAC Air FBO at Lexington, Ky.

The Chris-Craft culminates TAC Air’s 2007 You’re the Big Fish at TAC Air marketing campaign. The campaign invited pilots to come to TAC Air to be treated like the big fish in TAC Air’s small pond meaning, the FBO chain’s more than 300 associates treat customers with excellent customer service and the best line service available. This year’s giveaway continues TAC Air’s tradition that began several years ago during the NBAA convention. Giveaways at previous NBAA conventions included a Hummer H3, a Rolex watch, a 2000 Volkswagen Bug, a 2001 PT Cruiser, a 1945 yellow vintage Piper Cub and a perfectly restored 1957 Thunderbird convertible.