Private Aircraft Charter: Each year the National Business Aviation Association recognizes member companies with superb safety records. Once again, Aero Charter is honored in this category. Ranked 3rd out of 235 member companies who have flown three or more consecutive accident-free years Aero Charter has accumulated over 71,000 hours in this their 30th year of operation.
"Safety is our number-one company core value," according to John Morgenthaler, Jr., President of Aero Charter, "We teach all of our team-members that safety comes before anything else. We have a safety officer, a safety committee and we hold regular in-house pilot meetings that include safety panel discussions."
Aero Charter, based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, provides a number of aircraft for charter. In the fleet includes Jet, Turbine and Piston aircraft currently comprising Hawkers, Sabreliners, King Airs, Chieftains and Barons. The company also flies organs for medical transplants.
In addition to charter, Aero Charter's aircraft management division provides flight crews, maintenance, avionics, FAA-compliant record keeping, dispatch, fuel, catering and ground support for aircraft owners. Its avionics department specializes in custom installations and retrofit systems. In 1995, it introduced Aero Travel, a full-service travel agency.
"It's the personal service that we offer and our relationship that make us stand out," said Bob Thomas, the company's co-founder, co-owner and CEO.
Aero Charter employs 20 pilots, 6 mechanics, 4 avionics specialists and 8 linemen with a total of 40 people. Included in the pilot pool are two of the three owners, Bob Thomas and John Morgenthaler. Jeff, Bob's son, is also in the pilot pool.
The third and equal owner, Ray Van de Riet, joined the company on July 1, 2008. Bob said of Ray, "He brings to us his valuable experience in finance and business administration; fine tuning the development of our infrastructure to make us outstanding in the field and on the field!"
The company has completed a major concrete ramp extension, remodeled its facility and acquired 2 new fuel trucks. "We have become a full-service FBO," said Morgenthaler, "able to sell fuel and services to outside clients. We have a strong base of employees who are dedicated to customer service. We look forward to being the FBO of choice at Spirit of St. Louis."
Aero Charter plans to further expand its FBO facilities, its aircraft management, charter, avionics and maintenance departments "while maintaining our family style environment and all our common core values," Morgenthaler states.