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Thursday, Jan 31 2019

TAC Air Names Dallas Love Field FBO General Manager

Occupancy, construction and facility plans take shape to reflect the iconic presence of the Braniff Centre on Love Field's East side.

DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Completing one year of redevelopment efforts, and on schedule for its summer 2019 opening, TAC Air at the Braniff Centre located at 7701 Lemmon Avenue on the East side of Dallas Love Field airport is shaping up to be the anticipated premier FBO of Dallas.

Demand for hangar space has been very strong in preparation for opening summer 2019. TAC Air has secured leases for the original 120,000 square feet of hangar space that was part of the Braniff Airlines Operations and Maintenance Base.

"Phase two development of new hangar space is currently in the development and design stage in order to accommodate further interest from parties wishing to base at the newly renovated facility," said Greg Arnold, CEO and Chairman of TAC – The Arnold Companies, parent company of TAC Air. 

"We are excited about completing original hangar tenant commitments six-months in advance of opening. Getting started on the expansion hangars will allow for additional interest in the facility, including transient and tenant opportunities at TAC Air – DAL and the Braniff Centre," continued Arnold.

As a part of the strategic plans leading to this summer's opening, TAC Air has named the new General Manager for the TAC Air - DAL Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at the Braniff Centre. Industry and TAC Air veteran, Kip Simanek, with over 38 years of aviation experience, will lead the team of Associates and oversee operations, sales, hangar management and client services.

Simanek is relocating to Dallas this spring from Little Rock, Arkansas where he has managed the operations of TAC Air – LIT for the past four-and-a-half years. Prior to Little Rock, Simanek led the operations as General Manager at TAC Air – LEX in Lexington, Kentucky and TAC Air – OMA in Omaha, Nebraska serving 20 years as a TAC Air General Manager.

His experience in aviation began in the Air Force when he served as an Avionics Technician and in the general aviation sector with Sky Harbor FBO in Omaha, Nebraska moving up to Avionics Department Manager before being named GM of TAC Air – OMA in August 1998.

"Kip's operations leadership at TAC Air – LIT has grown a distinguished facility and ground services. He will bring his experience of leading facility construction and ground operations with him to Dallas to establish TAC Air - DAL the premier FBO at Love Field," said Christian Sasfai, Vice President and COO of TAC Air.

Included in the current phase of construction, retail tenants are in discussion for the renovated space of the Braniff Centre upon completion of the project. The retail space, managed by Lincoln Property Company, will wrap up lease negotiations this spring. Several businesses are planned to join the site and will be in place later in 2019.

The Braniff Centre, originally known as the Braniff Airlines Operations and Maintenance Base, will be transformed into more than 250,000 square feet of high quality hangar space and prime aviation support facilities. Accompanied by 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, offices, an auto-dealer showroom, entertainment venues, hospitality facilities and archives of its original tenants, Braniff International Airways. The Braniff Centre, located on Dallas Love Field's east-side, along Lemmon Avenue will be a destination for surrounding neighborhoods as well as Dallas' sophisticated travelers.

The TAC Air - DAL FBO (fixed base operation) at the Braniff Centre will feature amenities such as, controlled access to private hangars and executive terminal, concierge services comprising catering from local celebrity chefs, auto detailing, local event/venue reservations, auto-to-aircraft valet, and secured personal access to all retail facilities located at the Braniff Centre.

About TAC AirTAC Air is an aviation ground services company providing the highest level of service available in fixed base operations with more than 700 associates in its network of operations spanning across the U.S. from Salt Lake City, Utah in the West to Hartford, Connecticut in the East. TAC Air is a division of TAC - The Arnold Companies, a Texas-based aviation services and energy marketing company.

Learn more about the passion for great service TAC Air is providing pilots, aircraft owners, airlines and government/military at www.tacair.com. For more information about TAC – The Arnold Companies visit www.thearnoldcos.com.

CONTACT: Tad W Perryman, VP Marketing214-538-5475 [tperryman@tacair.com]

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Thursday, Jan 24 2019

Handling With Care

IS-BAH Means Safe and Sound on the Ground

By Bob Schick, TAC Air Director of Safety and Risk Management

December 27, 2018  -  Business Aviation Advisor

As a BizAv owner/operator, you value your safety and that of your passengers, crew, and aircraft, in the air and on the ground. So when selecting an FBO in 2019, find those ground service providers who share your commitment to ground safety by looking for IS-BAH™ Registered Fixed Base Operators (FBOs). 

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handlers (IS-BAH) is a program first rolled out in 2014 by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). Based on the safety management system principles (SMS) adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization and other stakeholders, IS-BAH is an industry-developed set of standards of best practices for business aviation ground handlers.

Incorporating many guidelines from NATA’s Ground Audit Standards, as well as each FBO’s own best practices and institutional knowledge, IS-BAH registration allows ground handlers and operators to meet the upcoming international standards requirements. Registration provides operators like you with objective assurance that the FBO you patronize, whether in the U.S. or abroad, continually operates at the highest standards of safety. 

In short, an IS-BAH registered FBO:

  • Creates a written manual of documented procedures

  • Trains all employees to follow these procedures 

  • Conducts internal auditing and ongoing evaluations to ensure the procedures are followed uniformly and correctly.

IS-BAH registration covers procedures such as:

  • Specified, periodic training for ground handler service providers 

  • Implementing a Safety Management System (See “Are You ‘Safe’?” BAA March/April 2017)

  • Establishing/implementing emergency and contingency plans

  • Security in and around the facility at all times

  • Appropriate record keeping and company documentation

  • Organization and personnel requirements

  • Occupational health and safety and environmental management

  • Proper handling of passengers, baggage, dangerous goods, and non-hazardous cargo

  • Airside operations, including safe parking of aircraft, and

  • Ground Support Equipment maintenance requirements.

  • Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.

Stage 1 confirms that the FBOs SMS infrastructure is established and that safety management activities are appropriately targeted. FBOs with an SMS program to identify hazards and reduce the level of risk associated with ground service operations are more likely to have robust quality control processes to maintain fuel supply quality as well as documented procedures and training programs for towing, deicing, and so on (see “Getting To Zero,” BAA November/December 2014).

Stage 2 ensures that safety management activities are incorporated into every facet of daily base activities, and that safety risks are being tracked and managed effectively with processes like Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs) and Safety Performance Targets (SPTs) scorecards. 

Stage 3 verifies that safety management activities are fully integrated into the operator’s business and that a positive safety culture is being sustained. IS-BAH registered FBOs are required to have their own internal operating standards, and to update such standards on a regular basis. This ensures that they meet evolving industry safety standards, and that they meet and exceed your own flight operation’s safety requirements. It is important to have a corporate safety culture that all employees, from the tug operator to the customer service representative at the front counter to the CEO, embrace and practice daily.

When planning your next trip, check the IBAC website for a list to help you identify IS-BAH registered FBOs throughout the world. In 2019, it is easier than ever to identify a safe, reputable place to have your aircraft serviced. BAA



Bob Schick is the Director of Safety and Risk Management for TAC Air. He successfully led TAC Air through the IS-BAH™ Stage 2 registration process. He also is the current NATA Safety Committee Chairman.

Read the original story on the BAA website >

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