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Growth Initiatives Including Aviation Interior Services (AIS)

Waterford, Mich. – Pentastar Aviation is pleased to announce several key developments in the advancement of its long-term growth plan.  These developments will support Pentastar’s mission of providing industry-leading services and support to better serve an expanding customer base.

Pentastar Aviation finalized an agreement to acquire Aviation Interior Services (AIS), a premier provider of corporate jet interior services based in Waterford, Michigan.  AIS has a reputation for excellence among both domestic and international clientele.  Gordon Ross, President of AIS, joins Pentastar Aviation as Director - Interior Operations.  The acquisition of AIS expands Pentastar’s maintenance service offerings to include refurbishment and completion services, including custom solutions, innovative cabin entertainment systems and premium upholstery installations.  The acquisition will be completed on January 11, 2013.

Pentastar’s new maintenance facility in Oxford, Connecticut (OXC) received FAR 145 Satellite Repair Station certification in the final days 2012. This certification allows Pentastar Aviation to offer customers a greater range of aircraft maintenance capabilities on the East Coast, with increased capacity and convenience. This new certification allows full Part 145 sign-off, enabling Pentastar Aviation to support all aspects of the business aviation market, including Part 135 aircraft, at OXC.

“Pentastar’s growth continues to be driven by our loyal and expanding customer base,” said Edsel B. Ford II, Chairman and Owner, Pentastar Aviation. “We are thrilled by the addition of AIS and the craftsmanship, innovation and attention to detail represented by Gordon Ross and his AIS team of interiors professionals. Our Oxford facility is also rapidly becoming a focal point in terms of providing much needed additional maintenance capacity for us, and our new certification there will serve to accelerate our East Coast expansion.”

As a result of the refined focus on expansion in the Midwest and East Coast regions, Pentastar Aviation has decided to exit its current FBO and hangar operations in Van Nuys, California (VNY). This transition will be done in such a way as to minimize any inconvenience to existing customers at VNY.

“As we continue to grow our business, we’ve realized it was time to focus our attention on our Michigan and Connecticut locations,” said Ford.  “We are grateful to our many friends and associates at Van Nuys for their support over the years. All in all, it is a very exciting time at Pentastar, and we are looking forward to announcing additional developments in our continued growth during 2013.”

For nearly 50 years, Pentastar Aviation has been a leader in the world of business aviation. Pentastar Aviation provides award-winning aircraft maintenance, aircraft management services, aviation advisors, avionics design/installation/repair and aircraft charter through Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.  Pentastar’s repair stations at Oakland International (KPTK) and Oxford (OXC) airports are among the most expansive and well-equipped facilities in the nation.  Pentastar’s world-class FBO at Oakland County International Airport provides exceptional customer service and amenities to regional, continental and global travelers.  Pentastar Aviation is a proud provider of Avfuel branded fuels.

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