Avfuel Network Soars to New Heights With Aero Centers’ Two Spokane FBOs 

New FBO at Spokane International Airport (KGEG) Now Open for Business

ANN ARBOR, Mich. / January 9, 2024 / AVIATION NEWS – Avfuel Corporation, a leading independent supplier of aviation fuels and services, is thrilled to announce the addition of Aero Center Spokane (KGEG) and Aero Center Felts Field (KSFF)—both in Spokane, Washington—to its branded network of FBOs. 

The partnership comes as Aero Center Spokane, located at Spokane International Airport, opened its doors this fall, welcoming private aviators to a new premier service option in the Pacific Northwest. 

“We congratulate Aero Centers on the opening of its new, state-of-the-art FBO and are honored to partner with its team members at both Spokane FBOs as they serve this vibrant region with the aviation services to match,” said Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s senior vice president of sales. “Aero Centers’ commitment to superior customer service aligns perfectly with Avfuel's core values. Together, we aim to exceed the expectations of pilots and passengers with streamlined services, reliable products and valuable programs.” 

The addition of Aero Center Spokane and Felts Field furthers Avfuel's commitment to enhancing its branded presence in strategic locations, making for the industry’s most robust branded fuel supply network for flight departments to fly and fuel within. With the adoption of the Avfuel brand, Aero Centers’ Washington FBOs further elevate the customer experience, offering competitive rates via Avfuel Contract Fuel, loyalty rewards via AVTRIP, and staff training via the FAA-approved Avfuel Training System (ATS). 

Aero Center Spokane operates out of a new, 36,000-square-foot FBO and hangar facility with 1,200 square feet of office space and 27,000 square feet of hangar space able to accommodate aircraft up to a Global 7000. 

Similarly, Aero Center Felts Field operates out of a 35,000-square-foot facility including 700 square feet of available office space. Along with 94,418 square feet of ramp space, Aero Center Felts Field features 20,000 square feet of hangar space able to accommodate aircraft up to a Citation Excel. 

Both facilities feature 24-hour surveillance; a conference room with full A/V; a comfortable crew room and pilot lounge; a serene snooze room and shower facility; a modern, pet-friendly passenger lobby; and private workstations for business on the go.

As full-service FBOs, customers can expect the best in aviation services, including: Jet A, FSII and 100LL avgas service; self-serve Jet A and avgas at Felts Field; long- and short-term aircraft parking; ramp-side vehicle access; GPU VDC; potable water and ice service; lav service; concierge services; catering refrigeration and dishwashing; limousine and taxi service; weather planning service; courtesy crew cars and transportation; helicopter and medical/ambulance handling; VIP/head of state handling; after-hours support upon request; and trusted third-party access to aircraft detailing, maintenance and catering.

Furthermore, the availability of customs at Aero Center Spokane, along with its northern U.S. position, makes the company’s newest FBO a convenient U.S. departure and entry point for international operations. 

With its Spokane FBOs, Aero Centers provides an ideal gateway to one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, catering to business and leisure travelers alike to support the metropolitan region’s economic boom. The Aero Centers team is made up of some of the most experienced and talented individuals in the industry who are dedicated to providing legendary service. Each Aero Centers team member is empowered to go above and beyond to ensure its clients have an exceptional experience, from start to finish.

For more information about Aero Center Spokane and Felts Field, please visit aerocenters.com.

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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

MICHAEL SCHEERINGA

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