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Purchase of Grand Champion Lamb Raises Funds for Students

at Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

FORT WORTH, Texas February 10, 2015 – American Aero FTW is encouraging young entrepreneurial spirits to fly high in Fort Worth by supporting 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) competitors at the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. American Aero FTW is a fixed-base operator (FBO) located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

At this year’s stock show, American Aero and Christopher Bass, son of owner Robert M. Bass, paid $40,000 to Claire Hamlett, 17, of Snyder, Texas, for her Grand Champion lamb, Bear. A junior at Snyder High School, Hamlett started showing animals for the Snyder 4-H in her freshman year. Snyder 4-H is a nonprofit organization that teaches youth leadership and responsibility through community service and project activities.

American Aero FTW General Manager Riggs Brown also led fundraising efforts for the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, an organization that purchases animals at the event. This year, the Syndicate raised over $3.7 million to support students in 4H and FFA clubs.

“American Aero FTW is proud to play a role in encouraging future entrepreneurs in our community,” said Brown. “The sky is truly the limit for these young people and we want to help them achieve their dreams.”

About American Aero FTW  

American Aero FTW is a private aviation terminal located at Meacham International Airport (KFTW) in Fort Worth, Texas. The fixed-base operator (FBO) is focused on the refueling, ground handling, servicing, and storing of business and private aviation aircraft and provides extensive crew and passenger amenities. In 2015, American Aero FTW became the first FBO in the Western Hemisphere to achieve the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC); it was one of the first in the world to earn Stage 2 registration in 2017 and became first in the world to be awarded Stage 3 registration in 2018. American Aero FTW offers 280,000 square feet of leasable hangar and office space and is the primary tenant and only FBO in the airport’s main administration building. In April 2020, American Aero FTW ranked the #1 FBO in world in the annual Aviation International News (AIN) reader survey. AIN conducts the industry’s only annual independent, online evaluation of FBOs, which includes more than 4,500 operators worldwide. More information can be found at

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