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  • Feb 08 2017

    Gary Steele Memorial Scholarship Recipient Chosen

    Gary Steele Memorial Scholarship Supports Business and Aviation Students

    When he was 15 years old, Justin Zgoda landed a job cleaning planes at a local flight school in exchange for flight time.

    Now a sophomore at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, he still juggles work at an aviation company at Daytona Beach International Airport with his classes. That is why he was happy to be chosen for the Eastern Aviation Fuels Inc./ Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) Gary Steele Memorial Scholarship.

    “It just helps ease some of the burden,” said Zgoda, who is studying aeronautical science with a business minor and hopes to become a corporate or charter pilot.

    Scholarship recipients Zgoda and Courtney Marcil were able to personally meet some of their scholarship donors, when the Florida Aviation Business Association board held its Dec. 5 meeting at the College of Business at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus.

    “It’s about giving back to foster the next generation,” said Mike French, president of the FABA Board and a regional vice president for Signature Flight Support.

    French said the aviation business is a dynamic industry, and it is important to have a constant flow of young, qualified and energetic individuals entering the field. It is also crucial to increase awareness of the opportunities in the aviation business industry, beyond working for a commercial airline.

    The scholarship supports two students at the Daytona Beach Campus who are studying in the College of Aviation or the College of Business. The scholarship awards $12,000 over three years to one male and one female student.

    Gary Steele, a longtime FABA supporter, passed away in 2012 at the age of 69. Steele served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era and was the airport manager for Charlotte County Airport Authority in Punta Gorda, Fla.

    “The future of business aviation are young professionals. Tuition is the heaviest burden weighing on their shoulders today. Scholarships are powerful enough to impact their academic success and are the highest funding priority at Embry-Riddle today,” said Lyndse Costabile, director of development at Embry-Riddle.

    Marcil, a junior studying business administration with a concentration in management, was the other Gary Steele Memorial Scholarship recipient. With plans to work in corporate aviation, she is working two jobs while focusing on her studies.

    “Before I was cramming every free second with work to stay in school,” shared Marcil. “It really helped take the pressure off of me.”

    Questions? Contact:
    Melanie Stawicki Azam
    Development & Alumni Relations

  • Dec 16 2016

    EAF Announces Partnership with National Jets

    New Bern, NC – Eastern Aviation Fuels is pleased to announce it is now the fuel provider for National Jets, Inc. located at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL).  National Jets is now accepting the Shell contract fuel card, the Shell Aviation credit card and awarding Shell AeroClass reward points to their customers.

    “We are excited to have a presence at FLL where our Shell Aviation customers will receive the highest level of service,” said Robbie Stallings, President of Eastern Aviation Fuels.

    A family owned business, National Jets, Inc. has been providing awarding winning service since 1960; ranking as a “Top 10” U.S. FBO for the past 14 consecutive years in Pro Pilot’s PRASE Survey.  They offer 24/7 FBO services in addition to aircraft maintenance & avionics support, properties development, air ambulance, executive charter, and aircraft management services.  “National Jets has a rich history of providing our guests with an experience that is personalized and at the highest level of quality, and we feel Eastern Aviation Fuels is a business partner which can best serve our brand,” said Sam Robbin, President of National Jets, Inc.

    To learn more about National Jets, Inc. please visit

    Eastern Aviation Fuels was founded in 1975 and is the exclusive distributor of Shell branded aviation fuels in the United States.  Eastern Aviation Fuels has aligned itself strategically with Shell to bring its FBO customers secure supply, FBO support programs, and quality Shell Fuels.  To learn more visit or call 1-800-334-5732.

  • Dec 12 2016

    Thunderbird Aviation Selects Shell Aviation as their Fuel Supplier

    New Bern, NC – Eastern Aviation Fuels is excited to announce its partnership with Thunderbird Aviation.  “We are thrilled to be rebranding to Shell Aviation.  Thunderbird works hard to exceed expectations for our customers and passengers and after extensive research we determined that Eastern Aviation Fuels can provide our employees and customers the value, service, technology and support to continue delivering exceptional service,” Commented Nancy Grazzini-Olson, President of Thunderbird Aviation.

    Thunderbird’s Flying Cloud location offers striking views of the airport, with an open floor plan, expansive windows, and LED lighting all coming together to create an environment that is modern, efficient and comfortable.  The facility incorporates the latest security, with digital cameras and a controlled ramp access, environmental systems that regulate temperature within 18 different comfort zones and state of the art audio/visual capabilities in our lobby, pilot lounges, executive conference room and air charter operation center.  “Our new partnership with Shell Aviation complements our growth.  Shell is an engaged partner, providing tremendous support and programs for our customers,” says Christopher Cape, Managing Director, Thunderbird Aviation.  Adding, “Combining this new partnership, with what we feel is the best customer experience and facilities in the Twin Cities and we believe Thunderbird and Shell can consistently deliver a product which is second to no one.”

    Features at Thunderbird Facilities include:
    Modern passenger lounge
    Well-equipped business center
    Pilot lounge and sleep room with reclining chairs and big screen TV
    Well apportioned conference room with audio/visual capabilities
    Catering kitchen
    Vending area with Thunderbird’s famous popcorn and free bottled water
    Modern classrooms and flight training areas
    New maintenance and hangar facility
    Fully stocked parts department
    Large pilot shop

    To learn more about Thunderbird Aviation, please visit

    Eastern Aviation Fuels was founded in 1975 and is the exclusive distributor of Shell branded aviation fuels in the United States.  Eastern Aviation Fuels has aligned itself strategically with Shell to bring its FBO customers secure supply, FBO support programs, and quality Shell Fuels.  To learn more visit or call 1-800-334-5732.

  • Nov 08 2016
  • Oct 31 2016

    Maverick Air Center partners with Charter First


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Maverick Air Center (KFSD) has finished construction on a 30,000-square-foot hangar, gained an additional 50,000 gallons of Jet A fuel storage and acquired additional hangar space near the east cargo ramp at KFSD. The additional space has allowed Maverick Air Center to offer aircraft charters and maintenance through its new partner, Charter First.

    Charter First, a Marshall, Minnesota, charter-based operator, would normally reposition its aircraft from MML in Marshall to KFSD in Sioux Falls but is now able to base three aircraft on the field and will specialize in King Air and Cessna Citation maintenance.

    Maverick, which was acquired by Sanford Frontiers in 2015, recently celebrated five years in business.

    About Charter First

    Charter First is a FAA certified private air charter operator with operations based in South Dakota and Minnesota. Charter First also provides full corporate aircraft management services. Charter First has over 50 years of aviation experience, employs licensed professional personnel, maintains a perfect safety record and is IS-BAO certified. Charter First services the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit

  • Oct 13 2016

    B. Coleman Aviation Approved to Begin Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Plan

    Gary, Indiana, – B. Coleman Aviation is set to begin a multi-phase, long-term expansion plan after being granted approval by the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority Board. The plan includes the construction of a 40,000 square-foot common hangar facility and a ground lease for 11 acres of aviation developmental opportunities.

    “B. Coleman Aviation has been a trusted partner in the growth of the airport for more than two years and we’re thrilled to approve their expansion plans,” said airport chairman Stephen Mays. “There are a lot of exciting things happening at the airport, and this is the latest in public-private sector investments that will help the airport grow.”

    The first phase of development centers on the construction of the common hangar that will be located just east of B. Coleman’s facility. The new hangar will dramatically expand on B. Coleman Aviation’s existing 52,000 square-foot FBO and hangar complex. Visiting and based aircraft enjoy little to no ATC delays, an 8,900-foot runway, the lowest fuel costs in the region, and a state-of-the-art FBO facility with maintenance capabilities.

    Further expansion plans would allow construction for up to four new hangars, ideally as build to suit options for private aircraft owners and corporate flight departments. The available land parcels are located on the north and east sides of the B. Coleman facility within the airport’s secured area.

     “In the past two years, our business at Gary/Chicago International Airport has grown significantly and we no longer have enough space to meet demand,” said John Girzadas, president of B. Coleman Aviation. “We believe that the Gary/Chicago Airport is the most convenient and economical option for general aviation in Chicagoland. Our plans to grow reflect not only where we think the airport is today, but where it is going in the future.”

     Interested parties can find more information at or contact the company at 219.750.1508.

    About B. Coleman Aviation

    B. Coleman Aviation is conveniently headquartered just 25 miles from Chicago at the Gary/Chicago Airport (KGYY). B. Coleman Aviation’s unwavering commitment to excellence has propelled the company into a prominent resource within the business aviation industry. Inspired by the pioneer aviator and visionary Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of African American descent to hold a pilot license, her legacy is honored by providing exceptional service through fixed base operations, charter operations, and aircraft management along with aircraft maintenance and repair services through our affiliate company, Infinity Aircraft Services.

  • Aug 19 2016

    Friday Feature: APP Jet Center – HWD


    When traveling to the San Fransisco area, APP Jet Center at the Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) is the logical choice.  Choosing to land at HWD means not fighting commercial traffic and lower fuel prices.

    The NATA Safety 1st trained line and customer service staff are ready to assist you with everything from concierge services, catering, and ground transportation.  

    The CAA Preferred FBO is currently undergoing a major expansion and renovation project to alleviate hangar overcrowding and better serve its fast growing client base.  The project will include a new 20,000 square-foot hangar and 3,000 square foot passenger terminal.

    For additional information on all that APP Jet Center HWD has to offer or make a reservation please visit: or call 510.259.1347.

    APP HWD Rendering  APP HWD Constructino

  • Aug 15 2016

    Friday Feature: Southeast Aviation

    Southeast Aviation Logo

    Located at the Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport (HBG), Southeast Aviation provides quality aviation services to the greater Hattiesburg, Mississipi area.  Southeast Aviation is the preferred FBO for Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties as well as parts of Pearl River, Stone and Greene counties.

    The recently resurfaced 6099′ x 150′ runway can safely and efficiently accommodate the largest business jets. The airport now boasts an LPV approach down to 200′ AGL making the facility an “all weather airport.”  An eleven-acre concrete ramp provides for efficient transient operations regardless of aircraft size. 

    For more information on how Southeast Aviation can assist you call: 601.544.8661 or email:

    Southeast Aviation Hangar  Southeast Aviation Lobby  SE Aviation Arial

  • Jul 28 2016
  • Jul 20 2016

    Major Expansion Begins at APP Jet Center Hayward


    APP Jet Center is pleased to announce that ground has been broken and construction is on schedule for a major expansion and renovation of APP Jet Center Hayward, its FBO at San Francisco-area Hayward Executive Airport (HWD). The project is expected to be complete by year-end.

    APP intends with this development to alleviate hangar overcrowding and better serve its fast growing client base.

    The $5 million project will include the construction of a 20,000-square-foot hangar (with 28-foot tall doors) and a 3,000-square-foot passenger terminal. It will also include renovation of APP’s existing 12,000-square-foot hangar and office space complex to which the new 20,000-square-foot hangar will be attached. Design of the project will aesthetically reflect the style of Silicon Valley.

    “Hangar space is in high demand at Hayward,” Thom Harrow, chief executive officer of APP Properties, Inc. (parent company of APP Jet Center), said.  “We look forward to meeting that demand with this development and offering the best service and facilities to our clients.

    For more information on APP Jet Center please visit


  • Jul 15 2016

    Friday Feature: flyADVANCED

    flyADVANCED, ILG located in Wilmington, DE is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to PHL Int’l and only 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington. ILG is also an excellent alternative for major airports in the DC, NYC, and Baltimore areas.

    In addition to being a full-service FBO, flyADVANCED offers integrated aircraft management, worldwide charter services, and MRO services.

    flyADVANCED is a CAA preferred FBO. Fly in today to experience the most competitive fuel prices on the field, newly remodeled facility, and a full maintenance facility.

    While you’re there, take advantage of the comfortable pilot’s lounge equipped with relaxing full body massage chairs.

    Stop in today to experience second to none service and expertly trained staff.

    For more information call: 302.324.9970 or email:

    flyAdvanced Main   flyAdvanced 3rd   flyAdvanced 2nd

  • Jul 01 2016

    Friday Feature: SkySouth Aviation

    Located in central North Carolina at the Burlington – Alamance Regional Airport (BUY), SkySouth Aviation is convenient to Greensboro, Durham, and Chapel Hill.  

    A full-service FBO, the experienced staff at SkySouth is equipped to meet all your aviation needs. Striving to make your visit and travel as pleasant as possible, let SkySouth Aviation “cool” your plane this summer, with a free “cool-off” service the month of July.  Look forward to taxiing in comfort!

    For additional information on the services and amenities offered please visit:

    SkySouth Terminal  SkySouth Lounge