Industry Veteran, Geoff Heck, Appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Aero Centers

Geoff Heck, President of Aero Centers

SAR Trilogy Management, LLC (“SAR-T”), the holding company of the Aero Centers portfolio of FBOs, today announced that industry veteran, Geoff Heck, has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. As the newest and most experienced addition to the leadership team, Heck will manage and oversee Aero Centers’ FBO portfolio.

“We are pleased to attract the caliber of executive that Geoff Heck represents to the general aviation industry,” remarked Sanjay Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of SAR-T. “Geoff’s 38 years with a single organization, rising from an entry-level role to Senior Vice President of Global Operations, with responsibility for more than 200 FBOs, marks an impressive career of leadership, responsibility and service.”

In his new role, Heck will be responsible for driving safety, operational effectiveness and customer experience while fostering overall leadership and contributing to Aero Centers’ continued growth and success. He will lead over 250 team members and have operational responsibility across the entire portfolio, which provides a full range of traditional FBO services, including fuel, hangar, parking, aircraft maintenance (PDK, ILM, SFF) and aircraft management, charter and brokerage at Aero Center Epps Atlanta (PDK).

“For four years, I’ve watched Aero Centers develop from a greenfield concept to a successful and growing platform with six operating FBOs and two more Greenfield locations underway. Aero Centers’ entrepreneurial approach, which includes full-service offerings and competition in formerly sole-source airports, is a breath of fresh air in an industry that has seen consolidation in service providers. Aero Centers brings a unique and strategic vision to the FBO space as they continue to grow its network, build its customer base and strive for operational excellence. It is a perfect fit and I am honored to join the team,” Heck said.

“We are confident Geoff will make an invaluable contribution to our team, leveraging his leadership, known for developing talent and growing markets, and always delivering on commitments made by the company,” said S. Michael Scheeringa, co-founder and CEO of SAR-T. “That is the reputation and culture we want Aero Centers to represent.”

SAR-T was founded by Sanjay Aggarwal and S. Michael Scheeringa with the first greenfield Aero Centers opening in 2021 in Lakeland, FL. In 2022, RedBird Capital Partners became a strategic investment partner providing growth capital for the expansion of the portfolio. Aero Centers has six operating locations including Lakeland FL (AC LAL 2021), Wilmington NC (AC ILM 2022), Spokane Felts Field (AC SFF – 2023), Spokane WA (AC GEG 2023), Atlanta, GA (AC Epps PDK 2023), Tallahassee FL (AC TLH 2023) with Casper WY (AC CPR) opening in early 2024 and Northeast Philadelphia (AC PNE) scheduled for completion in 2025.

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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