Gibson Air Service at Bend Airport in Timely Tradition


Gibson is the newest (old) aviation service provider in Bend. Steve Gibson is the son of the late Pat and Marge Gibson. In 1950 Pat and his wife started the very first FBO in Bend and were successful for many years.

Steve has brought back his parents legacy by reopening Gibson Air in the old red Quonset Hut 2 doors down from Professional Air. The same building was the hanger for Gibson Air Service, and Steve and his siblings grew up in a house that is now the terminal owned by the City of Bend.

Gibson Air Service offers an excellent professional maintenance staff headed by Mick Guinn. Guinn has over 30 years experience in aviation maintenance from the Army working on helicopters to a Lancair/Columbia factory mechanic (not just factory trained) to experimentals and even the big iron. He specializes in composite repair and has decades of experience working on all types of general aviation aircraft.

According to Scott Fordham NWPAS at Gibson Air Service the shop is fully insured and also offers prop balancing for a full service experience. Fordham’s company, NW Professional Aviation Services, provides the flight services, pre/post maintenance flights, flight instruction and coming soon air charter service at Gibson Air Services.

Fordham’s background includes experience as lead factory flight instructor at Columbia Aircraft, service in corporate turbo prop aircraft to large multi crew jets, years of flight instruction, and as the acting chief flight instructor at The Flightshop Inc.

Gibson Air Service will soon launch a complete pilot supply store with charts, flight instruction materials, headsets and all necessary items that pilot’s need most.

“We are establishing a pilot club membership and concierge level of service to aircraft owners/operators that will provide fueling services, aircraft detailing, and aircraft staging,” reports Fordham. “We have a comfortable pilot lounge where all are welcome to come and hanger fly till their hearts are content. In addition, we are an authorized HERTZ car rental center offering full day, weekly and even crew car rentals.

Controller: Carrie at 541-388-5040.

Info: Scott Fordham NWPAS

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