American Aero FTW delivers $2,570 donation to Tarrant Area Food Bank
Employees at Fort Worth Meacham private aviation terminal give back to the community
FORT WORTH, Texas (August 31, 2020)) – With the economic impact of COVID-19 continuing to create hardship for families across North Texas, employees of American Aero FTW, a fixed-base operator (FBO) serving private aviation customers at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, saw an opportunity to make a difference. The team of 24 ground handlers and customer service representatives organized an internal fundraiser for the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) and raised $1,282. American Aero matched the employee contribution, for a total donation of $2,564.
American Aero General Manager Angela Thurmond said that despite a decrease in airport traffic caused by the pandemic, the FBO has retained full staffing and hours. Meanwhile, team members recognized that others in the community were without employment and in need of assistance.
“The incredible men and women of American Aero are truly service oriented, and that commitment goes well beyond the doors of our FBO,” Thurmond said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my team for taking the initiative to make personal contributions to support our neighbors.”
Thurmond says giving back is part of the American Aero culture. The FBO has donated over $116,000 to the Navy SEAL Foundation to help active and retired SEALs earn pilot certification. It also hosts an annual Toys for Tots toy drive that collects hundreds of bicycles and toys for children in need each holiday season.
Tarrant Area Food Bank is the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. In response to COVID-19, TAFB has focused on feeding the most vulnerable populations, including seniors, children, the homeless and those just placed in emergency need due to job losses.
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.