INTEGRITY – INNOVATION – PERFORMANCE – GROWTH
Air America Flight Center is a woman-owned Limited Liability Company (LLC) launched on June 23, 2004 in Deland, Florida. Though small at inception but large in vision, the Flight Center provided aircraft rental, leasing, sales, and flight instruction from a fleet of five single-engine aircraft. Among our inventory were two-Cessna 152s, one-1980 Cessna 172P, and two new Cessna 172SPs. In September 2004, only four months after startup, the Flight Center received accreditation as a Cessna Pilot Center. The Center’s base of operations then shifted on 1 October 2004 from Deland to Daytona Beach International Airport, Daytona Beach, Florida. This strategic move positioned the Center to better support a core customer -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students at the nearby University campus Adding to our service array in 2005, we assisted Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the development of training materials for technically advanced aircraft (TAA). Air America contracted with the University to train its staff and FAA inspectors for the transition to G1000-equiped aircraft.
Since its beginning in 2004, the Flight Center’s inventory of quality aircraft has grown dramatically. Now, our fleet consists of over 60 aircraft. Through this growth, the Flight Center is able to offer local customers the most advanced fleet for flight training. Also, our commitment to low overhead keeps the cost for services very low. Flight school operations are expected to exceed eight-thousand hours of flight time in 2013. Air America Flight Center is ever flexible and on the lookout for alternative methods to enlarge and engage its fleet. In early 2005, we provided imaging platforms and pilot services to a client with aerial imaging equipment but no operational capabilities. Since then, we have modified several aircraft to perform a variety of aerial imaging operations. We currently provide our client base with over twelve-thousand hours of imaging support per year. Although we continue to expand the flight school and aircraft rental phases of our operation, we strongly believe that aerial imaging requirements will expand significantly in the future. Our imaging operations have expanded by 1100% since 2007. Although Air America is based in the southeastern United States, company aircraft are utilized in aerial imaging services throughout North America and the Caribbean. Air America’s fleet is in service seven days a week, year-round, in contracts ranging from small, single-site missions to large-scale, recurring annual projects. Air America has operated imaging aircraft for more than seven years in all 48 contiguous states and Alaska, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
Currently, the Flight Center leases aircraft directly to pilots and other flight schools and provides services and aircraft for imagery professionals and corporations. Additionally, the Center is one of the few companies to offer low-time pilots an opportunity to build hours through flight instruction and aerial imaging support nationwide. We are very appreciative of the customers, staff, partners, friends and all members of the Air America family who have helped us succeed in our nine-plus year history. We look forward to the next chapter of the Air America story.