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.

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

Gulfstream G200 Charter

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!

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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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Top 10 Reasons to Choose Salt Lake City for Aircraft Maintenance

  1. Who wouldn’t want to ski or snowboard while your aircraft is in maintenance?
  2. Salt Lake City based Keystone Aviation is the only Part 145 Class 4 Repair Station in the Intermountain West, allowing us to work on any fixed-wing aircraft.
  3. With 24 hour on-call availability, Keystone can be your resource for any AOG event while you’re in Salt Lake City this winter.
  4. Keystone can support not only the drop-in and unscheduled work, but we can also support your scheduled and phase inspections, MEL support, servicing needs or component replacement.  If you’re already in town for the skiing, known maintenance items can be preplanned and parts positioned in advance to keep downtime and costs to a minimum.
  5. Salt Lake City is the gateway to five of America’s most spectacular national parks:  Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef and Bryce Canyon.  If skiing in northern Utah doesn’t appeal to you, head south during your maintenance event and see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
  6. Keystone Aviation is ACSF, Wyvern, ARG/US accredited along with NATA Safety 1st and FAA Diamond Award recipients.
  7. Keystone Aviation has a fleet of Part 135 charter aircraft ranging from PC-12s to a Gulfstream G550 available if supplemental lift is needed.
  8. As a subsidiary of the TAC Air FBO chain, we have hangar space!  In the winter!  Really!
  9. Our technicians average 23 years of experience and are factory trained for Gulfstream, Citation, Hawker, Falcon and Bombardier products.
  10. Did we mention the Greatest Snow on Earth?

Contact Keystone Aviation at 888-900-6070

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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.

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Benefits of Aircraft Management

Benefits of Aircraft ManagementWe talk a lot about the many benefits of aircraft management, but not everyone knows exactly what aircraft management means.  So we thought we would take a few minutes to answer the question:  What is Aircraft Management?

Most people have heard of property management where the owner of an asset hires a third-party to take care of the asset.  Property management is often used by owners of rental properties, such as apartment and office buildings, who don’t have the time or inclination to keep up with the maintenance and day-to-day operations of those properties.

Aircraft management is the same concept as property management, but applied to aircraft.  An aircraft is a fantastic tool to enhance your business and elevate your personal life, but most aircraft owners would rather focus on their business and their family, not on the operation of their aircraft – that’s where aircraft management comes into play.

The owner of an aircraft can enlist the services of an aircraft management company to oversee the many facets of aircraft ownership.  Airplanes are complex machines subject to many rules and regulations.  Keeping an aircraft compliant, well-maintained and safely operated can be a daunting undertaking without the expertise offered by an aircraft management company.

However, most aircraft management companies will allow an owner to pick-and-choose which services they need – an al-a-carte menu if you will.  Aircraft owners can often choose from a wide variety of services, including:

  • Aircraft scheduling
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • FAA compliance services
  • Fleet insurance discounts
  • Pilot services
  • Pilot training
  • Volume fuel purchasing
  • Aircraft record keeping
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Part 135 charter revenue opportunities
  • And the list goes on…

Some owners want a turn-key experience where the management company acts as an agent in order to coordinate everything from the maintenance and insurance to the daily flight operations.  Other owners just want assistance with the regulatory or compliance aspects.  Regardless of the owner’s needs, aircraft management provides expertise and resources to make aircraft ownership as simple as possible.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Salt Lake City

A portion of the Salt Lake City skyline can be seen over the TAC Air ramp

A portion of the Salt Lake City skyline can be seen over the TAC Air ramp

Salt Lake City, Utah ranks among the top cities in the country classified as a “Family Vacation Destination”.  Only Orlando and Honolulu rank higher than Salt Lake City!  Let’s find out why…

According to a recent article published in a popular travel magazine, Salt Lake City impresses travelers and entices visitors in many ways.

And here they are…

#10 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Family friendly vacationing

  • Salt Lake City is the gateway to some of the most family friendly travel around.  Families travel from all over the world to visit the many wonderful and diverse Utah destinations.
  • “The Greatest Snow on Earth” (We’ll talk more about this as the #3 reason to visit Salt Lake City).
  • Historic Temple Square and the LDS Church Visitor’s Center host many of the patrons visiting the headquarters of the Mormon Church.  Missionary work, Family History and Genealogy research, weddings and semi-annual Church conferences attract thousands of visitors each year.
  • High desert, Rocky Mountains, Deep Canyons and Red Rock Formations abound throughout this popular vacation state.  Utah is home to 5 National Parks, and 8 National Monuments visited by over 300,000 people each year.

#9 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Peace and quiet

  • Utah is nothing if not peaceful, serene and pleasant to visit.  Some may say it is not wild enough…and those folks may find Las Vegas or Miami more appealing.  We have a different saying here…”What happens in Utah, stays in your heart, and travels back home with you, proudly”…ok, that isn’t really a saying, and we basically just made that up…but it is true that Utah embraces those who come looking for shameless fun and rich family adventure!

#8 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Culture

  • Ah, culture!  Believe it or not, Salt Lake City is full of culture.   We are home to Ballet West, the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Sundance Film Festival, Pioneer Theater Company, the Deer Valley Music Festival and many other highly respected organizations that bring the arts to life.

#7 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Local specialties

  • Great food and tradition can be found throughout the city’s local restaurants.
  • Aside from the top restaurant chains and premier food and steak emporiums you would expect to find in a major city, Salt Lake City has been highlighted in surveys and television shows focused on finding some of the top local foods in the country.

#6 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Best places to stay

  • Outstanding hospitality and incredible customer service highlight the canvas of every business establishment you’ll find in Salt Lake City.  It isn’t just a good practice or trendy marketing approach…it is our way of life here in Utah.  We “aim to please”, “live to serve”, “host with the most”…we could go on and on, but you get the idea.  Salt Lake City caters to you and your family with every intention of impressing you and inviting you back again and again.

#5 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Attractive People (yep…they actually published that one)!

  • Pretty is as pretty does…We think one of the reasons Salt Lake City is considered to have so many attractive people is, well, thanks to all of you wonderful and attractive visitors, coming to our city on the day they took that poll.  Ha!
  • But seriously, what is attractive?  Salt Lake City is an active “outdoorsy” place, and our citizens enjoy clean living and healthy lifestyles.  Being active is the core of our “attractive” people…and we think fun, friendly and happy people are attractive, no matter where you find them.
  • Speaking of active people…Westminster College in Salt Lake City had more athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic games than any other college or university in the world!  A total of 23 U.S. Olympic athletes hailed from Westminster College – that’s 10% of the Sochi U.S. Olympic Team!
  • It is said that beauty is more than skin deep, and we can back it up.  Utah’s higher education establishments are world renowned.  BYU, the University of Utah and other schools attract top students from around the world in science, education, business, family studies, behavioral science, research, medical and legal fields.  We are often among the nation’s top athletic polls, as well.

#4 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Affordability

  • Salt Lake City is a thriving community with great leadership driving the local economy to stay healthy and maintain value and fiscal responsibility.  Local businesses are healthy and able to provide incredible service, at a good value, to our local residents and out of town guests.

#3 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Winter

  • As we said earlier…Utah boasts about having The Greatest Snow on Earth.  Deep, dry and plentiful powder trials dominate the winter playgrounds accessible via Salt Lake City.
  • Visitors from around the globe flock in the winter-time to ski and play in the wonderful white stuff from November to May.

#2 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Safety

  • Salt Lake City has a low crime rate, friendly population and access to safe public transit and pedestrian areas.  When you come to Salt Lake City, you can plan to find your car where you parked it, your room as you left it and your family as safe and sound as you expect them to be.

And the #1 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Cleanliness

  • Kind of boring, we know…but truly appreciated by native Utahans and visitors alike.  It just feels great to be in a city that keeps the streets clean.  Whether you are walking around downtown, skipping from restaurant to nightclub or shopping…a clean and comfortable impression adds to your visit and stays with you as you remember your trip, and even plan your next trip to Salt Lake City.
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Countdown of Countries with the Most Airports

Countries with the Most AirportsThere are more than 13,000 airports in the United States, but most passengers only visit a handful of them. In total, the United States CIA says there 41,821 airports in the world, not including older and smaller airports no longer in use or those that have been overgrown from neglect.

In terms of countries with the greatest number of airports, some countries on the list were a little surprising such as Bolivia, a country that has a population roughly the size of Georgia, or Russia, a massive country in terms of land, but with one quarter of the airports of Brazil.

So here is our countdown of the countries with the most airports:

 

#10 – Indonesia – 673 Airports

Officially, the Republic of Indonesia is an archipelago comprising some 17,000+ islands and more than 238 million people. The country passes through three time zones and covers a distance of more than 3,200 miles.

#9 – Paraguay – 799 Airports

Paraguay, which is somewhere between the size of California and Montana has nearly 800 airports and a population just over 5 million. Many, if not most, of the airfields in Paraguay are small and have a mere dirt patch for a runway.

#8 – Columbia – 836 Airports

Columbia has a rather large population to match its large number of airports. The majority of Columbia’s urban centers are located in the highlands of the Andes Mountains, but the country also encompasses the Amazon rain forest as well as tropical grasslands and both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. This creates a wide variety of takeoff and landing challenges for pilots.

#7 – Bolivia – 855 Airports

Bolivia, with an estimated 10 million people, is a very diverse country with more than 35 official languages (although most speak Spanish). This diversity has contributed to the array of arts, cuisine and literature spread across this country’s nearly 425,000 square miles.

#6 – Argentina – 1,138 Airports

Argentina is a fairly large country with more than 1 million square miles and is called the country of immigrants, where more than 40 percent of the country speaks English and 1.5 million speak Italian. The country is highly urbanized, yet the rural areas are often far from cities along dusty and often mountainous roads.  There are 35 airports in the Buenos Aries area alone.

#5 – Russia – 1,218 Airports

Russia is a large country with massive swaths of rural country as well as large cities, which are mostly in the Western end of the country. Russia boasts some of the most rural airports in the world, including the recently closed Tiksi Airport or the Khatanga Airport, which is a hub for travelers and expeditions to the North Pole.

#4 – Canada – 1,467 Airports

Canada, with its vast wilderness and rural expanse, not only has nearly 1,500 airports, but many landing areas for planes in the form of thousands of lakes. The country even has a museum dedicated to bush planes called the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center in Ontario and has developed two films on the topic.

Canada’s 34 million people are spread across nearly 4 million square miles. One of its airports is called the Arctic Bay Airport located far north in the Arctic Bay where the record high temperature is 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

#3 – Mexico – 1,714 Airports

Mexico has a varied climate of deserts, jungles, coastal towns and mountains.

Mexico has an extensive network of modern airports and flying domestically is considered an efficient and safe way of travel. Mexico has the most advanced airport structure in all of Latin America.

#2 – Brazil – 4,093 Airports

Population wise, Brazil is a very large country with a rather antiquated transportation system reliant upon waterways such as the Amazon River and the Paraguay River.  Thus, the need for better transportation has driven Brazil to build a substantial number of airports.

#1 – United States – 13,513 Airports

Many states within the United States have more airports than most countries. Texas, for example, has more than 450 airports for a population of 26 million people.

The U.S. also boasts many of the most highly traveled airports in the world, including Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which serviced more than 95 million passengers in 2012.

Of the 13,513 airports in the United States, only 503 offer commercial airline service.  The rest are utilized by general aviation and military aircraft.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2053.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_Argentina

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Bay

http://www.airlines.org/Pages/Airports-QA.aspx