Ross Aviation has acquired Tradition Aviation, an FBO at TRM (Palm Springs CA). The latest addition brings the total number of FBOs owned by Ross to 15. Unlike other FBO chains, Ross Aviation acquires local FBOs and retains their name, personnel and attributes, thus preserving the facility's local appeal. While Ross Aviation will retain the Tradition Aviation name and personnel, it will provide the operation with network benefits and access to capital for expansion and improvements. The Avfuel branded FBO has a passenger facility and 3 hangars totaling 88,000 sq ft, which are used for base tenants and transient traffic.
Florida Aviation Trade Association (FATA) and Eastern Aviation Fuels, the exclusive distributor of Shell branded aviation fuels in the US, have established the Gary Steele Scholarship Fund. The fund has been set up to honor the memory of Gary Steele and support the FATA/Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Scholarship Fund. Steele, a longtime supporter of FATA and customer of Shell Aviation, died in 2012 at age 69. Steele had served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era and was the airport manager at PGD (Punta Gorda FL).
World Fuel Services has announced a new board chairman for the Air Elite Network. Landon Petty, COO of Louisiana Aircraft at BTR (Baton Rouge LA), replaces Steve Lassetter of Sun Air Jets at CMA (Camarillo CA), who left to pursue interests outside of aviation. Joining Petty is Larry Wade, owner of Golden Isles Aviation at SSI (McKinnon, Brunswick GA), who was named vice chairman of the Air Elite Network board.
Oregon's Aurora Jet Center has joined the Avfuel branded FBO network. Located 22 miles south of downtown Portland at UAO (Aurora OR), the FBO offers pilot and passenger amenities, including a crew lounge area with satellite TV, crew car, heated hangars, passenger lobby, rampside transportation, onsite rental cars and conference facilities. Operators now have access to Avfuel contract fuel and Avtrip rewards.
Concord Jet Service has joined the World Fuel Services Network as an Ascent global fuel branded FBO. Formerly a Chevron-branded dealer, Concord Jet Service is the largest FBO at CCR (Concord CA), according to the company. The FBO offers three 20,000 sq ft aircraft hangars and over 6000 sq ft of office space. It also provides full service Jet A and related aircraft services.