Holiday Spirit Takes Flight at Meacham International Airport
As American Aero Hosts Seventh Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive
FBO buys and collects more than 200 toys and bikes for kids during holiday celebration
FORT WORTH, Texas (December 11, 2019) – Instead of airplanes, Hangar 11N at Meacham International Airport was filled with holiday tables and rows of children’s bicycles today, as guests of the seventh annual American Aero FTW holiday luncheon filed in with their own gifts to brighten the holidays for a child in need.
The annual celebration hosted by American Aero, a fixed base operator (FBO) that serves the ground handling needs of private aviation customers, benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. This year’s event collected nearly 200 toys and bikes donated by American Aero and its clients, tenants, vendors, and area first responders.
Since opening its doors in 2012, American Aero has purchased more than 600 bicycles and helped gather another 1,400 gifts. Toys for Tots benefits about 150,000 children throughout Tarrant and surrounding North Texas counties by gathering new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Smith, coordinator for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. “It is truly satisfying to watch that pile of toys and gifts grow and to know that area children will benefit from the generosity of American Aero and the local aviation community.”
In addition to supporting Toys for Tots, over the years American Aero has contributed $116,000 to the Navy SEAL Foundation, with funds earmarked to support scholarships for SEALs interested in earning a pilot certification. The FBO also played a lead role in renovations at Meacham International Airport and was ranked the #1 FBO in Texas and the Southwest in the 2019 Aviation International News FBO Survey.
“The American Aero team is known for going above and beyond for customers and that commitment extends to our philanthropic efforts as well,” said Robert M. Bass, founder of American Aero. “It is gratifying to know that the gifts donated here today will help lift the spirits of children in need this holiday season.”
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Visit Toys for Tots Online.
About American Aero FTW
Ranked #1 in the world in the 2020 Aviation International News (AIN) FBO Survey, American Aero FTW is a fixed-base operator (FBO) located at Meacham International Airport (KFTW) in Fort Worth, Texas. The business is focused on refueling, ground handling, servicing, and storing of business and private aviation aircraft and provides extensive crew and passenger amenities. In January 2017, American Aero FTW unveiled a new 8,400-square-foot facility as the primary tenant and only FBO in the airport’s administration building. The FBO offers 280,000 square feet of leasable hangar and office space. American Aero also leads the industry in ground handling safety as one of the first FBOs to earn International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) accreditation in 2015. In 2017, it was among the first FBOs to earn Stage 2 certification. In 2019, it was the first FBO in the world to receive Stage 3 certification. IS-BAH is a rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). American Aero FTW is an AvFuel branded and Signature Select™ affiliated FBO and offers AvTrip and Signature TailWins® points, Signature Status® benefits, and the benefits of the Signature Flight Support network.