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Thursday, Jan 6 2022

Elevate Holdings Acquires Keystone Aviation

Elevate Holdings Acquires Keystone Aviation To Expand Aircraft Management Services And Scale High-Touch Business Aviation Experiences

Combined companies will serve larger share of the North American business aviation market.

Seabrook NH - January 6, 2021 -- Elevate Holdings, Inc. announces the acquisition of U.S.-based Keystone Aviation, a leading provider of aircraft charter, management and certified aviation maintenance services. The strategic combination unites two well-established aviation companies with extensive international client bases and long histories of serving the business aviation needs of corporate, government, individual and higher education clients.  

By bringing together both entities, Elevate Holdings will continue growing its managed fleet and become the fifteenth largest aircraft management business in the United States. As a part of the acquisition, the company is also acquiring the Keystone Aviation long-standing maintenance and repair organization, allowing it to expand its service category.

“Elevate Holdings and Keystone Aviation are both focused on delivering outstanding white-glove service and mission-critical solutions to our clients,” said Greg Raiff, CEO of Elevate Holdings. “We believe the business aviation industry needs a provider large enough to deliver benefits at scale to its clients without sacrificing the personal touch so critical in a high-end service business. Together our teams will continue delivering high-touch experiences with more business aviation options than ever before.”

Aaron Fish, current Keystone Aviation Chief Operating Officer, will lead the new organization as President. Keystone Aviation employees will continue working alongside the Elevate Holdings team as the companies integrate, while TAC Air, the Keystone Aviation divesting company, will remain involved as a strategic partner. Any aircraft under Elevate Holdings management will enjoy preferred access at all 16 U.S.-based TAC Air FBO locations. Additionally, as a part of the transaction, Keystone Aviation - SLC will operate from a new, dedicated client access terminal at the Salt Lake City International Airport and satellite facilities in Scottsdale, Ariz. at KSDL and Provo, Utah at KPVU. 

“Together, our combined teams will deliver the required high-touch approach to aircraft management — the growing business aviation sector is demanding,” said Fish. “Elevate Holdings has always been a supportive partner, and we are thrilled to continue this relationship filling existing gaps and the current lack of personalization in the business aviation industry.”

Keystone Aviation
Wednesday, May 19 2021

AviationPros.com: Keystone Aviation Private Jet Charter, Aircraft Management and Aircraft Maintenance Expands to SDL

Keystone Aviation announced the expansion of aircraft management, private air charter and aircraft maintenance services at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL), establishing the market as a secondary hub in the western desert to mountain corridor for aircraft management, charter and maintenance.

A division of The Arnold Companies (TAC), Keystone Aviation will be based at the newly formed TAC Private Hangars facility at Scottsdale Airport, which at the same time acquired the assets of the 24-year-old Scottsdale aviation company, Gemini Air Group.

Sharing his excitement of the acquisition through TAC Private Hangars, TAC Chairman and CEO, Greg Arnold said, “The TAC family is proud to be adding a new airport hub to the Keystone Aviation network as we expand the TAC brand to include KSDL. We welcome the newest team members to our aviation family and look forward to sharing our passion for aviation with Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area.”

On May 1, TAC picked up the former Gemini Air Group operations in Scottsdale and will continue to provide great service to tenants and charter customers who utilize Keystone Aviation from the same address on the west side of Scottsdale Airport.

Keystone Aviation is establishing a second hub for its fleet based in Scottsdale, AZ. Offering a large collection of on-demand charter aircraft from single engine PC 12’s to large cabin Gulfstream jets, the SDL base establishes an additional point of service to existing Keystone Aviation customers and pilots as we expand into the robust SDL charter and management market. Keystone Aviation is factory authorized for Twin Commander, Cirrus aircraft and Garmin, Airtext and Aspen Avionics. Keystone Aviation is a certified Part 145 maintenance repair station with authorizations for Cirrus SR 22 & SF50, Twin Commander, Hawker, Beechjet, King Air, Citation / Citation Jet and Cessna 441 / Caravan.

“Since Keystone Aviation was founded over 25 years ago, we have prided ourselves on the focus, training and attention to detail for all parts of the aircraft management, private jet charter and maintenance businesses,” stated Keystone Aviation Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Fish. “By establishing a second hub in Arizona our regional footprint connects the desert to mountain corridor with a fleet based at both ends to better serve the private flying customers living in the region. With the addition of the KSDL location, we now offer a greater selection of aircraft to get customers where they want, when they want.”

“As the number of customers traveling for leisure continues to rise and business travel returns over the next year, we look forward to the possibilities of being in Scottsdale and the surrounding Phoenix area,” said Fish.

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Keystone Aviation
Tuesday, May 18 2021

Keystone Aviation Private Jet Charter, Aircraft Management and Aircraft Maintenance Expands to Scottsdale

Establishes new hub to its private jet charter fleet at KSDL as part of the Gemini Air Group acquisition

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (May 18, 2021) Keystone Aviation is thrilled to announce the expansion of aircraft management, private air charter and aircraft maintenance services at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL), establishing the market as a secondary hub in the western desert to mountain corridor for aircraft management, charter and maintenance.

A division of The Arnold Companies (TAC), Keystone Aviation will be based at the newly formed TAC Private Hangars facility at Scottsdale Airport, which at the same time acquired the assets of the 24-year-old Scottsdale aviation company, Gemini Air Group.

Sharing his excitement of the acquisition through TAC Private Hangars, TAC Chairman and CEO, Greg Arnold said, “The TAC family is proud to be adding a new airport hub to the Keystone Aviation network as we expand the TAC brand to include KSDL. We welcome the newest team members to our aviation family and look forward to sharing our passion for aviation with Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area.”

On May 1, 2021, TAC picked up the former Gemini Air Group operations in Scottsdale and will continue to provide great service to tenants and charter customers who utilize Keystone Aviation from the same address on the west side of Scottsdale Airport.

Keystone Aviation is establishing a second hub for its fleet based in Scottsdale, AZ. Offering a large collection of on-demand charter aircraft from single engine PC 12’s to large cabin Gulfstream jets, the SDL base establishes an additional point of service to existing Keystone Aviation customers and pilots as we expand into the robust SDL charter and management market. Keystone Aviation is factory authorized for Twin Commander, Cirrus aircraft and Garmin, Airtext and Aspen Avionics. Keystone Aviation is a certified Part 145 maintenance repair station with authorizations for Cirrus SR 22 & SF50, Twin Commander, Hawker, Beechjet, King Air, Citation / Citation Jet and Cessna 441 / Caravan.

“Since Keystone Aviation was founded over 25 years ago, we have prided ourselves on the focus, training and attention to detail for all parts of the aircraft management, private jet charter and maintenance businesses,” stated Keystone Aviation Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Fish. “By establishing a second hub in Arizona our regional footprint connects the desert to mountain corridor with a fleet based at both ends to better serve the private flying customers living in the region. With the addition of the KSDL location, we now offer a greater selection of aircraft to get customers where they want, when they want.”

“As the number of customers traveling for leisure continues to rise and business travel returns over the next year, we look forward to the possibilities of being in Scottsdale and the surrounding Phoenix area,” said Fish.

About Keystone Aviation
Keystone Aviation is the largest provider of private jet charter, aircraft management and aviation maintenance headquartered in the Intermountain West, serving private aviation customers across the U.S. and globally. For over 25 years, the company has provided personalized and adaptive travel solutions including private air charter, aircraft management and maintenance services, along with aviation consultative solutions. Currently maintaining and operating a fleet of over 20 luxury aircraft to fit any size travel request and budget, Keystone Aviation meets customers’ business and personal travel needs. For more information about Keystone Aviation, visit keystoneaviation.com.

About TAC Private Hangars
TAC Private Hangars is the newest division of The Arnold Companies (TAC) established in 2021 supporting ground operations for private aircraft and business aviation. Headquartered in Dallas, TX and currently operating over 65,000 square feet of private hangar and office space at KSDL in Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more about TAC Private Hangars, visit tacprivatehangars.com.

About The Arnold Companies (TAC)
The Arnold Companies (TAC) is a Texas-based aviation services and energy marketing company and one of the nation’s largest independent distributors of refined petroleum products.

TACenergy is an independent wholesale distributor of refined petroleum products with an annualized fuel volume in excess of two-and-a-half billion gallons. TAC Air has a network of 16 fixed-base operations (FBO) locations across the U.S. providing ground support services and fuel sales representing three million square feet of tenant and hangar space, servicing 320,000 business and general aviation aircraft movements annually.

TAC has a reputation for simplifying business and exceeding what others in the industry are doing in order to create sustainable growth. TAC employs more than 800 associates across all three divisions. Ultimately, it’s the company’s associates and their passion for service that sets TAC apart. Learn more about TAC and each division at thearnoldcos.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tad W Perryman, VP Marketing
214-538-5475 [tperryman@tacair.com]

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Keystone Aviation
Friday, Mar 5 2021

Keystone Aviation Renews WYVERN Wingman Certification

Salt Lake City, Utah – Keystone Aviation has once more secured its designation of WYVERN Wingman Certified Operator following a successful Audit, conducted by WYVERN in November 2020. The WYVERN Wingman Standard, the first air charter audit standard in the aviation industry, provides a safety benchmark that allows air charter customers to assess performance expectations against recognized industry best operating practices before purchasing air charter services. 

“As private jet charter and management expand to meet market needs, it is our focus at Keystone Aviation to provide personalized, flexible and safe travel for individuals and corporations with the highest level of service and safety across every aspect of operating aircraft. Being a part of the Wingman certification for the past 18 years we are able to continually monitor and improve our safety culture to provide the best service available. Holding Wingman Certification lets our customers know we are part of the best in the business,” says Aaron Fish, Chief Operating Officer, Keystone Aviation. 

WYVERN Wingman Operators are evaluated by the Wingman Standard criteria. The scope of the evaluation includes an evaluation of operational activities, review on the company operational history and safety records, Safety Management System (SMS), internal evaluation program, administrative compositions, technical documentation, pilot and aircraft records, training requirements, and maintenance operations including technician training and experience. 

“The Keystone Aviation certification as a WYVERN Wingman Operator sets them apart from other operators in the air charter industry. This achievement validates their commitment to attaining and maintaining an enduring safety culture that elevates their performance above other operators who are just beginning to embrace the value of formal safety risk management,” says Sonnie Bates, WYVERN CEO. 

About Keystone Aviation 

Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is the largest provider of private jet charter, aircraft management and aviation maintenance headquartered in the Intermountain West and serving customers of private aviation across the U.S. and globally. For 25 years, Keystone Aviation has provided personalized and adaptive travel solutions including private air charter, aircraft management and maintenance services along with aviation consultative solutions. Currently maintaining and operating a fleet of 20 luxury aircraft to fit any size travel request and budget, Keystone Aviation meets your business and personal travel needs. TAC Air is a division of  TAC – The Arnold Companies, a Texas-based aviation services and energy marketing company. Find more information about the passion for great service TAC Air provides pilots, aircraft owners, airlines and government/military at www.TacAir.com. For more information about  TAC – The Arnold Companies visit www.TheArnoldCos.com

Learn more about Keystone Aviation. 

About WYVERN  

WYVERN Ltd is the leader in aviation safety risk management and training. Building on its 30-year reputation for delivering value to the aviation community, WYVERN ensures operational excellence through its flagship Wingman and Flight Leader Programs. WYVERN’s EXACT Program is a comprehensive and professional safety certification program for UAS end-users and operators. WYVERN’s Safety Leader Training Course™ provides the education and training that enables professionals to skillfully achieve operational excellence in any aviation organization.  

Learn more about WYVERN LTD here. 



Keystone Aviation
Wednesday, Oct 7 2020

How to Become a Charter Pilot

If you dream of flying a G650, but don’t exactly know how to get your foot in the door, below are a few tips to help your charter pilot career take flight:

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1. Build Flight Hours

It is important to log as many flight hours as possible. But how many flight hours do you need? Commercial airlines prefer a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time. However, most charter companies prefer about 3,000 flight hours.

2. Become a Flight Instructor

Flight instructors get paid to fly! In addition, they get to log their flight time as PIC (Pilot-In-Command). Because flying can be expensive, this is one of the most economical ways to accumulate flight time. Furthermore, being an instructor is an excellent way to increase your knowledge and flight skills.

3. Choose a Flight Path

Commercial airlines generally do not require new pilots to have as many hours as charter companies. Also, most charter companies prefer that new hires already have their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate — because this is a requirement for commercial airlines, you might want to start with a commercial airline to increase your flight time and get your ATP.

4. Know What Flight Departments are Looking For

In addition to building your flight hours, customer service experience is also extremely important. Unlike commercial airline pilots, charter pilots work closely with their customers. They are responsible for coordinating ground transportation, catering and other special requests their customers might have. Charter companies realize this and look for potential pilots who have a strong customer service background. Excellent customer service can turn a one-time customer into a customer for life.

Once you obtain your commercial pilot license with 250 hours of flight time, there are a few other paths to consider for building your flight hours:

  • Skydiving Flights – Pilots can quickly earn hours flying a variety of aircraft for skydivers. The more experience you have, the better chance of flying a turbine-powered aircraft, such as a King Air, Beech 99, or a Cessna Caravan.

  • Towing – You can learn to become a tow pilot for sailplanes.

  • Scenic Flights – There are many scenic tour operators in the Western United States which provide opportunities for you to get paid to build your time.

Several of our pilots at Keystone Aviation have pursued their career opportunities through the above avenues.

So now that you know the steps to start building your pilot resume, get out there and fly!


DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

Keystone Aviation
Wednesday, Sep 9 2020

Keystone Aviation Has Mastered Welcoming New Charter Customers

Keystone Aviation has always known the extensive benefits of flying private. It seems the rest of the world is starting to notice as well. In fact, Keystone Aviation has experienced a progressive uptick in both returning and new clients requesting private jet charter services since the pandemic began. 

The value of private air travel is now more than ever apparent, and Keystone Aviation has adapted quickly to welcome first time private jet charter customers to the market. New clients want to know exactly what it means to fly private and what chartering an aircraft entails. As stated in the article “Will new customers shape the industry?” by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), customers new to the charter industry want to know they are flying with a reputable and safe operation. One way to discern safety is to look at the operations safety record, and certification with third party auditors like those Keystone Aviation holds including, ARGUS Platinum and Wyvern. Keystone Aviation Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Fish, shared “The Keystone Aviation team of seasoned experts are here to help our clients every step of the way, including answering any and all questions that come with chartering for the first time.”

It starts with communication such as a phone a call or email to our sales team to share your travel plans and needs. Once the team understands the travel mission they prepare a quote with suggested (or requested) aircraft type and all of the necessary steps to get the travelers to their destination. Following the confirmation of trip details, the trip planning and scheduling passes onto the flight coordination team to arrange catering, ground transportation and any other details requested to make the trip flow from arrival at the departing airport until they arrive at their destination.  On the day of departure, the travelers arrive at their specified time driving straight to the aircraft for loading and a breezy departure.

Charter customers are seeking ways to better protect their families and business associates while maintaining the freedom to travel when and where needed. In order to provide the highest level of sanitization and protect the health of passengers and crew each aircraft at Keystone Aviation is deeply sanitized after every flight. When flying private travelers can also rest easy as they circumvent crowded commercial terminals without transfers and layovers getting them to their specific destinations with less points of contact. All these factors make flying private invaluable.

Navigating the ever-changing pandemic environment has not been without challenges for charter companies. What was once a routine task of flying anywhere in the world now requires significant research and time planning the most efficient route and points of contact to mitigate risk and meet local, state and federal guidelines set as a part of the health management programs. Augmented vetting of travel destinations: researching the local health environment, city health visitation requirements and implementing appropriate safety protocols to mitigate risk add steps into the planning and travel for private jet charters.

Travel environments change rapidly and although each day comes with its own set of challenges, the pandemic has ultimately made private aviation operations safer and more appealing. With these changes come the need for expertise and knowledge to navigate the requirements, and help new private jet charter passengers get where they want, as safe as possible.

“Our number one responsibility is the safety and protection of crew and passengers,” said Dan Govatos, Keystone Aviation Director of Operations. “We take it very seriously and do everything we can to make sure we limit potential exposure contact points. Masks, gloves and enhanced aircraft cleaning are now part of our everyday procedures.” If you are thinking about trying a private charter service and want the assurance that comes with a 25 year old private jet charter company, that continues to define new standards to meet changing requirements in air travel.


Contact Keystone Aviation at 888-900-6070, contact@KeystoneAviation.com or visit us online at charter.KeystoneAviation.com.

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