(Photo | courtesy of Leading Edge Aviation, Inc.)
Plans Include Quality Aircraft Services & Expansion
Leading Edge Aviation, Inc., parent company of Leading Edge Jet Center LLC, announced the recent acquisition of Butler Aircraft Services LLC in Redmond
Leading Edge Jet Center, located at Roberts Field Airport (KRDM), is Central Oregon’s premiere fixed base operator (FBO). Leading Edge Jet Center provides fueling, aircraft detailing, hangar storage, maintenance, de-icing, avionics and more to commercial airlines as well as business and private aircraft.
The Butler Aircraft companies were a cornerstone of the aviation community in Central Oregon for over seventy years. The acquisition included the hiring of Butler personal, considerably growing the Leading Edge Jet Center customer service team.
“We’re proud to be part of the legacy of community-oriented businesses at Roberts Field,” says Brad Fraley, president and CEO of Leading Edge Aviation, Inc. “Our focus on the customer hasn’t changed, but what we can now offer them as a company and as part of the aviation community is growing significantly.”
Raised in Redmond and local to Bend, Fraley said he is committed to maintaining the friendly atmosphere that he remembers from his childhood when he would visit the Butler facility to watch planes arrive and depart. “When customers arrive in Central Oregon for the first time, we want to create an experience that positively represents the businesses in our community and the values we stand for. We believe that Roberts Field Airport is the front door to Central Oregon and the Jet Center is where we welcome visitors with an unforgettable level of service.”
Leading Edge Aviation, Inc. is pursuing its mission to provide the highest quality aircraft services in Central Oregon through its recent and continued expansion at the Bend Municipal Airport and remodeling of its current facility. The company was recently named one of the five thousand fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine.
“Giving our customers an exceptional experience has always been our aim,” says Nelson Carrick, FBO Manager of Leading Edge Jet Center. “With this change, we can place the bar even higher. Business isn’t just business for us. Business is personal.”
Leading Edge Aviation, Inc. encompasses six major business segments including helicopter charter, flight training, avionics, maintenance, Robinson Helicopter overhaul and FBO/fuel services. Leading Edge Aviation is an FAA Part 135 Air Carrier, operating Robinson R22, R44, and Bell 206 helicopters, also holding part 133, 137, 145, and 141 certifications.