Welcome to the Keystone Aviation Blog

Keystone Aviation is a premier provider of executive aircraft charter, aircraft sales and management and aircraft maintenance. The Keystone Aviation Blog is where we talk about all things general aviation. Keystone Aviation is a TAC Air company.

Aircraft Charter

At Keystone Aviation, we are committed to safety, service and reliability. We participate in numerous safety programs, pilot and crew training programs, customer service training, and third-party audits to ensure that every flight meets the highest industry safety standards.

Aircraft Maintenance

The Keystone Aviation maintenance department was established in 1997 to provide first-class maintenance services for the company’s growing charter fleet. Over the years the department has grown to a Class IV Repair Station with 23 factory trained A&P technicians servicing everything from small, single-engine piston to large, Boeing/Airbus class aircraft.

Aircraft Sales & Brokerage

Over the past 20 years, Keystone Aviation has sold or brokered over a half a billion dollars worth of aircraft, including everything from small single-engine piston to large corporate jets. Let us help you avoid the pitfalls associated with your next aircraft transaction.

Aircraft Management

Over our 20 year history, Keystone Aviation has successfully managed over 35 private jet aircraft for owners ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Let us show you how aircraft ownership should be.

Celebrating 20 Years of The Complete Solution

coffee_bar_slide_16-1Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is celebrating over 20 successful years as a world-class aircraft charter, management, maintenance and aircraft sales and brokerage provider.

Keystone Aviation’s roots date back to 1995 when it began as a franchise FBO operator. From there, Keystone Aviation rapidly expanded into other aviation service lines. During its first year, the Company added a Piper Aircraft dealership and service center and its maintenance department obtained FAA certification as a Part 145 Repair Station.

By 2007, Keystone Aviation had built a successful aircraft brokerage business, was appointed as a TBM Aircraft Dealership, and was selected to be one of only five HondaJet dealers in the United States.  Also during that time, Keystone Aviation’s maintenance department was granted the exclusive Class IV maintenance status by the FAA, authorizing Keystone Aviation technicians to work all types of fixed wing aircraft.

After 17 years of strategic growth, Texas-based wholesale refined petroleum products marketer and FBO network operator Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) recognized the value and potential of bringing Keystone Aviation into its operations.

Today, Keystone Aviation is stronger than ever. Aircraft sales territories are expanding across the United States and Canada and the FAA certified HondaJet is being delivered into the hands of excited customers. Charter services lead the industry in safety and are optimizing the use of an expanding fleet and renovated sales and ops facilities. More aircraft owners are realizing the value of “The Complete Solution®” for aircraft management services and maintaining it all is a maintenance department that is growing in technological expertise, accreditations and scope of operations with the addition of a Garmin Service Center and more.  And behind it all is Keystone Aviation’s amazing team of dedicated aviation service professionals who are among the best in the business.

Here’s to the next 20 years of aviation excellence!

The HondaJet Conquers the Concours

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McCalls Motorworks Revival

Keystone's HondaJet at Monterey Jet Center

Keystone’s HondaJet at Monterey Jet Center

Monterey Car Week.  The name conjures up a vision of spectacular automobiles displayed in one of the planet’s most spectacular settings. The week comes to a close at Concours d’elegance, a world-renowned event considered to be the most prestigious of its kind. People in the know however, begin their week with an equally sought-after ticket:  The McCalls Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center. This year, the Keystone Aviation HondaJet was an acknowledged star, the centerpiece of the most exclusive combined automotive-aviation event in the world. Nearly one thousand special guests had the opportunity to try the new jet on for size, have their photo taken while relaxing in the leather seats, and have their questions answered by Keystone’s HondaJet specialists and pilots.

Keystone’s HondaJet at Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance

On the surface, another combined event known as the Morgan Adams Concours d’elegance appears to be a close cousin to the Monterey party. However, a longer look revealed a much deeper, and in many ways much more thought provoking experience.  Over 1,500 guests entered the APA TAC Air facility through a hall lined with large photographs of dozens of children. Only a careful examination of each photograph revealed a sad fact: all of these happy-looking kids suffer from cancer.  Each and every one of our fellow exhibitors, and each and every one of the attendees who bought a ticket to view our HondaJet was contributing to a larger, more noble cause.  Those of us from Keystone fortunate enough to participate were a bit more careful in our step, and a little quieter in our usual ‘sales pitch’.  It served as a reminder of how lucky most of us truly are, and how gratifying it is to be able to contribute.

The ‘Flight’ Against Cancer

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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.”

HondaJet Tour Visits the Bay Area

Bird's-eye view from the HondaJet of San Francisco Airport

Bird’s-eye view from the HondaJet of Almeda Island in  Oakland, CA

After a great turn-out in Denver, Colorado the next stop on the HondaJet tour included a display of the aircraft on March 16th   at the San Jose International Airport, and March 17th at the Oakland International Airport.

This was the first time a HondaJet has visited either of these locations, and the Bay Area was very excited to see the aircraft first-hand. Each HondaJet static display allows attendees to see this remarkable aircraft up-close and in-person. “The people we meet during the tour enjoy learning about the the airplane” says Jeff Jerman, Keystone Aviation pilot and sales representative.

HondaJet at Static Display

HondaJet at Static Display

No matter where the HondaJet visits, it attracts a great deal of attention. The HondaJet’s truly original structure and features drive people to learn more about the aircraft. As one of the few completely new aircraft designs to be attempted in the last 15 years, the HondaJet is truly a unique and innovative sight to behold.

For more information about the next stop in the HondaJet tour contact: Mike Parker at 801.933.7509.

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.

5 Things You May Not Know About Keystone Aviation

  1. G550 cabin mid section club seatingIn 2015, we flew more than 4,000 flight hours with the destinations ranging from Page, Arizona to New Delhi, India and everywhere in between.
  2. In the last 20 years, Keystone Aviation has grown from 33 employees to almost 300.
  3. We are one of the few aviation service companies that can provide “The Complete Solution” for your aviation needs through our aircraft charter, management, maintenance and aircraft sales operations. We’re even a subsidiary of thee TAC Air FBO chain, so we’ve got fuel covered too!
  4. Our pilots average over 9,400 flight hours and 27 years of pilot experience.
  5. Keystone Aviation’s maintenance technicians are factory trained for Gulfstream, Hawker, Falcon, Cirrus, Cessna, HondaJet, TBM, and Piper.

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.”

Wi-Fi now available in flight on select Keystone Aviation Charter Aircraft

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Gulftstream G200. One Keystone Aviation’s aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi

Did you know? Keystone Aviation now offers free domestic Wi-Fi onboard its Gulfstream G200 Charter Aircraft.  Whether traveling for business or leisure, this new modification allows Keystone Aviation’s charter clients to stay connected.

“We are working hard towards getting free Wi-Fi in all 12 of our charter aircraft by next year,” says Charlie Chamberlain, Flight Ops Sales and Business Development for Keystone Aviation.

With the ever increasing need for internet accessibility individuals and businesses need to stay connected at all times. Keystone Aviation recognizes the value of having Wi-Fi as an option, “Many of our charter clients view corporate aircraft as a business tool.  The addition of Wi-Fi makes that tool even more effective,” says Mike Parker, VP of Aircraft Sales for Keystone Aviation.

The Gulfstream G200 is in the top of its class in the Super mid-size jet category. With a range of 3,800 nautical miles, and a cruise speed of 530 mph, the Gulfstream G200 has the ability to fly up to 10 passengers comfortably anywhere in the world.  With the addition of Wifi in Keystone Aviation’s Gulfstream G200, flight time becomes productive time.

For additional information on chartering the G200 or information on the complete Keystone Aviation charter fleet, visit keystoneaviation.com or call 888.600.1070

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!

Aircraft brokerage services from Keystone Aviation

1289852453_1Keystone Aviation is the largest and most experienced aircraft dealer in the Intermountain West.  Located in Salt Lake City, Keystone Aviation is a TAC Air company and full service dealer for Piper, Socata and HondaJet.

In addition to the direct dealer lines, Keystone Aviation also offers complete aircraft brokerage services for both buyers and sellers. With any  aircraft transaction, there are many aircraft specific options, differences in avionics, maintenance, ownership histories and individual aircraft concerns. When you engage us as your agent we will define each of these, how they impact your aircraft transaction, and assist you with choosing the best aircraft for your mission or in getting top dollar for your current aircraft.

Please see the description below of our comprehensive Buyer’s and Seller’s Agent service. As your Agent we never accept any payment from a seller, as many other brokers do, but will not tell you. That type of conflict of interest can quickly work against you, with your being steered to an aircraft for the sole reason that the seller has offered a “finders fee” to the broker. As your agent, we work strictly for you and in your best interest.  

If you would like to engage Keystone Aviation as your agent in the purchase of a pre-owned Mirage or Meridian, we are Piper experts, as well as many other aircraft models. We can assist you with selling your current aircraft or with purchasing the best value aircraft on the market that meets your mission.

Since Keystone Aviation is an established and long-term aircraft dealer, including new aircraft distributorships (Piper and Socata) for a large part of the western US, we have a thorough knowledge of the overall aircraft market and many individual aircraft.

Our operations also include acquisition and sales of corporate jet aircraft on a domestic and world-wide basis. Our team will be able to assist you in acquiring the best value aircraft at the lowest price possible at purchase. Buying with the assistance of Keystone Aviation offers buyers a great sense of security in their purchase, which also assists us with gaining the highest sale price for your current aircraft.

Keystone’s agent service includes market analysis, aircraft research, proposal and explanation of the best candidate aircraft and comparables, negotiation of the best possible sale or purchase price, drafting contract terms and negotiations with language that protects you as the owner or buyer, arranging deposits and escrows, overseeing inspections, review and negotiation of any squawk repair or price allowances, test flights, FAA paperwork, escrow closing and payments, transfer of ownership and delivery.

This is a very comprehensive and time-consuming service and we have a team of people that back us up in this process.  Our services will relieve you of the burden and risk associated with attempting to sell or purchase a highly complex aircraft.

In addition to a higher sale price or lower purchase price, our services and negotiations will protect you and save you far more in money, time and aggravation than what the brokerage fees total. The standard agent fee for the sale or purchase of an aircraft is 6%, and as noted above Keystone’s services will save you far more than this amount during the sale or acquisition process.

Please let us know if we can assist you by acting as your agent, and assure that you “Get what you pay for” in your aircraft sale or acquisition of a well maintained aircraft at an excellent value.

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Chase Bennett
Piper Sales Manager
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