Aero Centers Announces Robert Buchanan as New General Manager of Aero Center Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL – Aero Centers fixed-base operations (FBOs) network is thrilled to announce the appointment of Robert Buchanan as the General Manager of Aero Center Tallahassee, effective immediately. With a robust background in general aviation and a proven track record of operational excellence, Buchanan is poised to drive customer service and safety at  Aero Center Tallahassee.

Aero Centers’ holding company SAR Trilogy Management, LLC (SAR-T) currently has seven FBO locations in its portfolio stretching coast to coast across the US from Spokane, Washington to Lakeland, Florida with plans to expand. The current Aero Centers FBO network includes operations in CPR, GEG, ILM, LAL, PDK, SFF, and TLH.

Aero Center Tallahassee at Tallahassee International Airport (KTLH) features a +7-acre transport category-capable apron. Real Estate also includes 64 T-Hangars with a dedicated T-Hangar Pilot Lounge and four large Box-Hangars ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 square feet. Next year, Aero Center Tallahassee will open a new +15k square foot FBO, complete with a sports charter/ VIP terminal, and 24,000 square foot hangar.

Robert Buchanan started his career as a Customer Service Representative, and was integral to the team that earned a “Top 5% FBO” accolade through the AIN survey within his first year. His journey through the ranks, from managing customer service to overseeing operations, has been marked by significant achievements, including the enhancement of government and hot fuel operations and the introduction of CAA to Tallahassee.

“I am deeply honored to join Aero Center Tallahassee as General Manager,” said Buchanan. “This role presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the center’s growth and to continue providing exceptional service to the aviation community. I look forward to working with the talented team at Aero and building upon the strong foundation that exists here.”

Geoff Heck, President and COO of Aero Centers, expressed his enthusiasm for Buchanan’s appointment. “Robert brings a unique blend of leadership, operational insight, and customer service excellence to Aero Center Tallahassee. His impressive journey through the aviation industry, combined with his dedication and innovative approach, makes him the ideal leader for our Tallahassee center. We are confident that under Robert’s guidance, Aero Center Tallahassee will soar to new heights.”

Buchanan’s leadership experience is further enriched by his hands-on involvement in diverse operational roles, including a crucial transition to the line during the COVID-19 pandemic, which provided him with a comprehensive understanding of Aero Center’s operations. His proactive efforts in leadership positions, such as Customer Service Manager and Operations Manager, have significantly contributed to operational improvements and expanded service offerings.

With Buchanan at the helm, Aero Center Tallahassee is set to continue its tradition of excellence and innovation in aviation services, reinforcing its commitment to providing unparalleled support and value to the general aviation community.

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Jeremy Epperson

“Jeremy is a true world-class leader in the aviation community,” said S. Michael Scheeringa, co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management.

His life-long passion for the industry and history of developing both people and markets made Jeremy the first and natural choice to lead Aero Centers.

Epperson started his aviation career in the United States Marine Corps, where he developed his leadership and passion to serve. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and is a commercial pilot with P135 experience. He has demonstrated his affection for the business with successful FBO leadership roles at Signature and Republic. 

Aero Centers will bring a level of professionalism and experience back to aviation communities,” added Jeremy Epperson. “Our FBOs demonstrate to the industry we are committed to first-class facilities with knowledgeable and experienced local team members with a passion for aviation. I am very excited to lead the team responsible for developing full-service FBOs and delivering customer-centric service to all aviation customers in a community. I had a vision for bringing passion, fun, and expertise back into aviation communities, just like it was 30 years ago. Aero Centers’ focus on full-service FBOs brings the dream to reality.

Jeremy Epperson

Sanjay Aggarwal

Aggarwal has over 25 years of experience in the aviation and hospitality industries. Aggarwal is a co-founder of SAR Trilogy Management. Previously until 2015, he was the CEO of Global Crew Logistics (GCL), a Miami-based travel management company specializing in the movements and accommodation of business aviation and cargo airlines’ flight crews. GCL doubled its EBITDA in a short two-year period under Aggarwal’s leadership. 

Between 2008 and 2013, Sanjay served as CEO of two commercial airlines in India – Spicejet (a private-equity-backed low-cost air carrier) and Kingfisher Airlines (a publicly listed full-service carrier). Under his leadership, Spicejet saw its first profitable year and increased its domestic market share from 7% to 12%. Prior to that, he served as COO of Flight Options LLC, one of the world’s largest operators of business jets. He and Scheeringa worked together to take Flight Options to profitability. 

Earlier, Sanjay worked in IT, strategy, financial planning and other roles at Marriott International and US Airways. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Nagpur University in India and his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. 

Sanjay Aggarwal is a co-founder of SAR Trilogy Management


Scheeringa has almost 30 years of experience in general and commercial aviation as an operator and supplier. Scheeringa is a co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management, an aviation investment and management company. Before he founded SAR Trilogy in 2015, he was the President and CEO of BBA Aviation Flight Support, which comprised Signature Flight Support, the world’s leading FBO network, and ASIG, a leading operator of commercial aviation fueling services. Under his leadership, Signature grew from 85 to 124 global locations, almost doubled in revenue and tripled profit resulting in the company outperforming the market in 65 out of the last 72 months of Scheeringa’s tenure.

From 2004-2008, Scheeringa served as CEO of Flight Options LLC, one of the world’s largest operators of business jets. He was responsible for the turnaround of the business taking it from a negative 20% margin to a positive 5% margin. Prior to that he spent 13 years at US Airways in officer-level positions in network and operations planning and as the head of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. 

Scheeringa received his BS in Transportation and Logistics Management from Arizona State University. Scheeringa was a board member of the Central Florida Expressway Authority. He is a Past Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association and a private pilot.

Michael Scheringa Founder of Aero Centers