The ‘Flight’ Against Cancer

Loading up to go to Driggs

TAC Air employees help load up golf clubs

On August 19, 2016, Keystone Aviation’s charter department once again answered the call for the fight against cancer.  For the 7th straight year, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation called upon Keystone Aviation to Accomplish an airlift of golfers from Salt Lake City to Driggs, Idaho for a day of golf at the Huntsman Springs Golf Course.

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Part of Keystone Aviation’s fleet ready to take flight

Each foursome donated $50,000 to attend and all proceeds went to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.   TAC Air SLC donated fuel and line services while Keystone donated pilot services and arranged for owners to donate aircraft.

 

The President & COO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Susan Sheehan, said “Huntsman Cancer Foundation is grateful for the generous, consistent support we have received from Keystone Aviation each year since 2010.  Thanks to Keystone’s steadfast commitment to the fight against cancer, our foundation had been able to foster teamwork by offering gatherings to top industry leaders.  This has allowed us to unite leaders who have the will, passion and financial resources to speed cancer research.  In all, this effort has raised $7 million for cancer research since 2010 – and thanks to Keystone, all those funds fueled cancer research – not airplanes.  Through creativity and entrepreneurial know how, Keystone is literally Changing the DNA of Cancer Care.”

Keystone Aviation’s HondaJet Tour Takes Flight

 

Keystone Aviation, the exclusive Northwest HondaJet dealer for the United States, kicked off its HondaJet demonstration tour with an event in Denver on February 15th. The event was held in TAC Air APA at Centennial Airport, where more than 100 people got the chance to see the world’s most advanced light jet on display.

Hondajet-sales-territory“We are very excited to introduce the HondaJet to the Colorado business aviation community,” said Kim Page, Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Aviation.

The event marked the beginning of Keystone Aviation’s tour throughout the Northwestern United States. The tour will highlight the HondaJet’s best-in-class advantages in performance, efficiency, comfort, and quality.

The HondaJet received type certification from the FAA and began customer deliveries in December. With upcoming events in Northern California and throughout the Northwestern United States, Keystone Aviation is celebrating the HondaJet’s certification by exhibiting the aircraft’s innovative design, capabilities and value.

Keystone Aviation’s Northwest sales territory  includes: Northern California, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Northern Nevada. If you are interested in more information on the HondaJet or the demo tour, please contact Michael Parker at 801.933.7509.

Keystone Aviation’s Daher TBM Sales Territory has expanded

Complete KSA TBM sales territoryKeystone Aviation has officially enlarged the sales coverage for Daher’s TBM very fast turboprop aircraft, adding four Canadian provinces and one additional U.S. state to its area of responsibility.

The new geographic zone comprises the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, along with the most northwestern U.S. state – Alaska.  This territory is in addition to the company’s previous coverage across the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana.

“We’ve had a fruitful 10-year partnership with Keystone Aviation in promoting and supporting our very fast turboprop aircraft throughout the Northwestern United States,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “The next step is to build on this relationship by expanding into Western Canada and Alaska.”

Headquartered at Salt Lake City International Airport, Keystone Aviation has been a TBM dealer since 2006, with its experienced sales team achieving continuous growth in the company’s dealership business activity for new aircraft.

Brian Jones – Socata Sales Director for Keystone Aviation

“With our expanded sales territory, we will be able to introduce the TBM’s benefits of speed, comfort and efficiency to many potential new customers,” said Brian Jones, Keystone Aviation’s TBM Sales Director. “The TBM family appeals to owners and operators who desire an aircraft built to commercial airline standards with point-to-point performance equivalent to light jets, while having the ability to operate on almost any runway.”

 

 

Jerry Osoro Becomes Keystone Aviation’s First HondaJet Type Rated Pilot

jerry-jeff-honda-jet-certificationWith the achievement of HondaJet’s FAA type certification in early December, Jerry Osoro became Keystone Aviation’s first HondaJet type rated pilot.

Jerry flew to Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, North Carolina for the 14 day, intensive Flight Safety training program. In the aviation industry, most jet aircraft require pilots to be “type rated” meaning the pilots have obtained the correct education and passed the standardized practical and flight tests in order to fly that particular aircraft.

Jerry Osoro has been a pilot with Keystone Aviation and a FAA Check Airman since 1999.  Jerry is Keystone Aviation’s Director of Flight Standards with total flight time of over 18,000 hours.  The HondaJet type rating becomes Jerry’s eighth aircraft type rating, including the Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G200.   Going forward, Jerry will be flying the Gulfstream G200 and the HondaJet.

“Jerry has been a valuable asset to our organization for almost 20 years and we are very pleased that he is a part of not only our HondaJet operations, but HondaJet’s aviation history,” said Kim Page, COO of Keystone Aviation.

The HondaJet is the fastest, quietest, and most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. Deliveries of the HondaJet began in December, 2015 and the type-rating of pilots was an important step in delivering the HondaJet into the hands of customers.   Way to go Jerry!

Elevating Personal Lives In The Air, And On The Ground

utah food bankThe tagline for Keystone Aviation is “Enhancing Business. Elevating Personal Lives.” The development of this line is a result of thoroughly analyzing exactly what the mission of Keystone Aviation is. While obviously one’s immediate thoughts are related to general aviation, Keystone Aviation’s associates don’t stop there. By investing his time and energy with The Utah Food Bank, Keystone Aviation associate Scott Tucker elevates the lives of those who are less fortunate. In describing his experience volunteering for the Utah Food Bank, Scott describes, “I think the first thing that strikes you when you arrive is just how big the operation is, from its building to rows of packaged food that are ready for delivery, it’s an enormous operational endeavor.” He continues, “everyone is focused and there is a real sense of esprit de corps among those of us who have come to hopefully make a difference in our community. Even with Utah’s economy that weathered the Great Recession better than most states, the statistics regarding hunger cannot be ignored:

• 1 in 6 Utahans are at risk of missing a least one meal a day

• 472,000 of Utahans are food insecure, that is 17% of Utah’s population

• 1 in 5 Utah Kids are unsure where their next meal will come from (as a parent, that one hurts the most)

• The Utah Food Bank has been actively engaged in serving the needs of Utah’s hungry for more than 100 years. Last year, 69,000 nutritionally stocked back packs were distributed to children at 32 after-school sites, 202,000 meals were served to kids of low income families, and the Food Box Program delivered over 41,000 boxes to seniors and those with disabilities who participate in the monthly food assistance program.

Scott’s involvement in the Utah Food Bank is just one of the numerous examples of “A Passion For Service” that make up the TAC culture, on the ramp, in the office, and in personal lives. If you would like to learn more about the Utah Food Bank, CLICK HERE to visit their website.