Fort Worth, Texas: There are no lines. No crowds. No delays. Just red carpet treatment all the way. And, it is not just for the wealthy anymore. Here at Meacham Field and in 5000 other small airports around the USA, small business owners service, sell, own, and use private jets. This is the other airport in town.
Texas Jet is a gas station for airplanes, called an FBO or Fixed-Base Operation; they provide all the ground-based services required by aircraft owners and operators. Fortunately, owner Reed Pigman didn't use today's gas station as a model for thinking about his business. In the picture just above, an employee is filling a customer's tanks as there is no self-service at this FBO.
The term, FBO, originated back after World War I to describe the first aviation businesses that developed a permanent base of operations to deliver services at airports. That name stuck. Here we open the door of private jets, charters, fractionals, and empty legs. With the help of the Internet bookings, you could easily be taking a little jet rather than drive your car.
Founder Reed Pigman says the pilots are his core customer base; and, for many years now, these pilots voted Texas Jet to be one of the Top Ten Independent FBO's in the United States. So, out of 5,000 choices, pilots say Reed and his team are among the best. There's more. As a distributor for Phillips 66 Jet Fuel, Reed also takes the lead.
Texas Jet has also been recognized by Phillips 66 as one of a hand-full of distinguished partners among some 600 distributors.