May 1, 2014 - Wittman Regional Airport announced this week that Basler Flight Service is now the airport’s sole fixed-base operator following the FBO’s move to integrate Orion Flight Service facilities into its operations. As a result of the consolidation, Basler has become a Shell aviation fuel dealer effective May 1, 2014.
Details are still being finalized between Basler and Eastern Aviation Fuels, the national marketer of Shell aviation fuels and Orion’s owner, but things are moving forward, according to Tom Weigt, president of Basler Turbo Conversions, parent company of Basler Flight Services.
The recent dealership agreement between Eastern Aviation Fuels and Basler to sell Shell aviation fuel includes an investment of more than $750,000 to acquire and expand Orion’s facilities that include office space, a 100-by-120 foot hangar, and two 12,000-gallon above-ground avgas and Jet-A tanks.
Weigt said in a statement that while Basler has been a Phillips 66 dealer for 32 years, the business was a Shell dealer before that and the change will not affect the level of service Basler provides.
Basler offices will move to the building occupied by Orion adjacent to the airport terminal, but everything should be business as usual during AirVenture 2014, said Basler General Manager Mary Garcia. She doesn’t expect any change in service for AirVenture and that her team is focused on logistics and transition.
“No changes to the air show and putting our customers first is what we like to do. We’re excited about the change,” Garcia said.
Wittman Regional Airport Director Peter Moll said a transition is moving forward with the recent announcement and the outlook is good.
“It’s a very positive move and I look forward to a good future with them on board,” Moll said.