Waterford, Mich. – Pentastar Aviation will celebrate its 50th anniversary at next month’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. Founded in 1964, Pentastar is a recognized industry leader, specializing in maintenance and avionics, FBO services, custom aircraft interiors, aircraft management, direct air carrier services for air medical transport, and aircraft charter. Today, Pentastar Aviation employs 270 professionals at its Oakland County (MI) International Airport headquarters, and its Oxford, CT maintenance facility.

“Pentastar Aviation’s culture is, and always has been, decidedly forward-looking, but we take tremendous pride in being able to pause and reflect on all that has brought us to this celebration of our first 50 years,” said Edsel B. Ford II, chairman and owner of Pentastar Aviation. “I want to thank our customers for their loyalty over the years, and also our employees for their dedication, professionalism and integrity.”

“Our mission is to exceed our customers’ expectations by adhering to the highest standards of safety and service quality. For us, this 50-year anniversary is all about highlighting our commitment to bringing that mission to life every day, for every customer,” added Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation’s president and CEO. “Today, Pentastar offers a wider range of services – and products – than at any other time in our history. We hope that all NBAA attendees will stop by our booth to learn more about our diverse capabilities – and our future plans as we begin the next 50 years.”

The Pentastar 50th Anniversary celebration will continue through 2014, and will include recognition of long-tenured employees, appreciation of key partner organizations, and customer “Thank-You” special offers designed to showcase Pentastar Aviation’s capabilities and expertise.

For 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 custom aircraft interiors.  Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. provides aircraft charter services and direct air carrier services for helicopter emergency medical services and air ambulance operations. Pentastar Aviation’s repair stations at Oakland International (KPTK) and Oxford (OXC) airports are among the most expansive and well-equipped facilities in the nation. Pentastar Aviation’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. Pentastar Aviation supports many charities and aviation-based education initiatives including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Operation Good Cheer, Sky Hope Network, EAA Young Eagles and local Aviation Day programming.


Dear Loyal Customers, Friends, and Concerned Travelers:


As our community, our nation, and our world collectively continue to navigate through these unprecedented and uncertain times, we search for ways to protect ourselves and the ones we love.  The team at Pentastar Aviation remains committed to helping you get to where you need to be, whenever you need to be there.  We will continue to set the standard for aviation and customer support excellence as we have since 1964.


From our family to yours, please stay safe and healthy.

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