TAC Air Community
TAC Air is committed to being a positive force in the communities we serve. Here are a few of the stories on how TAC Air gives back to the wonderful places where we live and work.
Piper Seneca Renovation Helping Mechanical Dreams Take Flight
Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, has donated a Piper Seneca to the Salt Lake City Community College aviation department. The aircraft’s engines were removed, its wings demated from the fuselage, and all components were loaded and transported by students to the college’s Salt Lake City aviation campus. According to Todd Baird, a mechanical aviation instructor with the college, the aircraft made an impact starting with the disassembly. Baird added, “With the initial disassembly and transport, our Return To Service internship program was given an opportunity here that does not come along every day.”
The aircraft will initially be part of an educational reconstruction experience for approximately 200 students, who will be given the opportunity to participate first-hand with repairs. “We’ve used aircraft from all levels of condition for teaching purposes,” according to Todd Baird, who continues, “the aircraft is a great value to our campus and the students that will be working on it. They’ll get to participate first hand on installing wings, flight controls, engine controls, installing the engines, making the necessary wiring harness repairs and sheet metal repairs.” Once reassembled, the aircraft will continue to benefit students for course work in sheet metal, hydraulics, paint, power plant, exhaust systems, turbochargers and fuel injection systems
College officials further stated that recruiting efforts will “most definitely” be given a boost with the donation.
Kimberly Page, COO of Keystone Aviation explained, “It’s in our mission statement to elevate people’s lives. By donating this aircraft to Salt Lake Community College, we hope to be a small part of enabling a future aviation mechanic to reach their goals.”
Christmas came early for some area women and children today at TAC Air, as the third annual ‘Cool Yule Fly-In’ was held at the fixed-base-operators Chattanooga facility.
The annual event is designed to share holiday cheer with families who are spending their holidays at the Partnership’s Domestic Violence Center. Santa gave his reindeer a rest today, opting to fly to TAC Air in a bright red restored T-28 airplane to greet children from the Partnership. After landing, Santa handed out toys to the children, provided by The Forgotten Child Fund.
Sandra Hollet, CEO of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults said, “The Cool Yule Fly-In is always a special holiday experience for the families from the Partnership. We are extremely grateful for the support of TAC Air”.
Santa’s fly-in was held in conjunction with the cookout TAC Air hosts each month for its customers. TAC Air also provided lunch for the children and families visiting. An added attraction this year was a brilliant red fire truck The Forgotten Child Fund had display for the children to tour.
“We look forward to spreading some holiday cheer to the children from The Partnership,” said Pam McAllister, General Manager for TAC Air in Chattanooga. “This event is a great way to bring together our friends, wonderful staff and the families from The Partnership for a celebration that everyone looks forward to throughout the year.”
Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH) is proud to announce the annual A Vintage Affair: The Sky’s the Limit! gala on November 8, 2013 at TAC Air at RDU raised $195,600! Now in its tenth year, this fundraising event is a celebration of the mission of Children’s Flight of Hope and raises 1/3 of the organization’s annual operating budget.
“This year’s theme, The Sky’s the Limit, represents the great strides CFOH has taken to-date and the limitless potential Children’s Flight of Hope has to assist children who are in need of air transportation to seek medical treatment,” said CFOH executive director Staci Barfield. “Guests raved about the TAC Air hangar as it provided a perfect backdrop for this unique, top-notch event and is a space that few ever get to see otherwise. The TAC Air staff was beyond courteous and helpful; the best group we have ever had the pleasure of working with. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership and are grateful for their support!”
About Children’s Flight of Hope
Established in 1991, the mission of Children’s Flight of Hope is to provide free air transportation to and from medical facilities for seriously ill or injured children who – due to medical, financial or logistical reasons – cannot travel to their destinations by any other method.Children’s Flight of Hope offers our services at no cost to children between birth and eighteen years of age and serves families regardless of race, religious affiliation or medical diagnosis. We offer our services to children and families within the eastern region of the United States, keeping our support to a 600-nautical-mile radius from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Lack of transportation to the treatment facilities, which can be located far from their homes, prevents many seriously ill and injured children from receiving the specialized medical care they need although it may be readily available. We strive to take away the worries associated with transportation so the family can focus on what’s most important: the health of their child. For more information, visit the Children’s Flight Of Hope website.
TAC Air AMA Helps the Pilots N Paws Organization
TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, recently played a part in a Pilots N Paws rescue mission to get a retired Marine K9 to his new temporary home. This is the fourth transport that TAC Air AMA has aided with so far this year.
Solo, a retired Marine K9 bomb sniffer, was adopted by his handler Greg Adzima eight months ago. Since adopting Solo, Greg has been deployed back to Afghanistan for another year. With his deployment approaching it was imperative that Solo be moved from MCB Camp Pendleton, CA where he currently resides to Pottstown, PA where he will be living with Greg’s parents until Greg’s return.
Pilots N Paws is a nonprofit organization that serves as a place for people who rescue animals and volunteer pilots and plane owners to come together to arrange rescue flights and foster care for animals across the country. TAC Air AMA served as a resting and refueling point for the passengers and crew on Solo’s journey to Pennsylvania.
In addition to this assignment, TAC Air AMA has joined with Pilots N Paws this year to transport two English Pointers from a shelter in Houston to Salida, CO and another Pointer going from Clovis, NM to Nebraska.