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American Aero FTW Once Again Ranks No. 1 Worldwide in FBO Survey

Fort Worth-based FBO repeats highest ranking in 2021 Aviation International News report

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 20, 2020) American Aero FTW, a Fort Worth fixed-base operator (FBO) at Meacham International Airport (KFTW), continues to redefine service and safety for the aviation industry, reclaiming a No. 1 worldwide ranking in the 2021 Aviation International News (AIN) FBO Survey. The AIN survey is the only annual, independent, online evaluation of more than 4,500 FBO operators.

AIN survey results are based on reviews by passengers, pilots, flight crews and dispatchers, who are asked to grade FBOs in five categories—pilot amenities, passenger amenities, customer service representatives, line service and facilities. American Aero has ranked in the top 5% of FBOs in the AIN survey since opening the doors to its new facility in 2017. The FBO took over first place worldwide in the 2020 survey and shared that top spot in the 2021 results, released in April.

“I created American Aero with the goal of redefining the FBO experience for flight crews and passengers,” said American Aero founder Robert M. Bass. “That means continually raising the industry bar on customer service and ground handling safety and creating exceptional experiences every day.”

AIN readers also recognized American Aero team member Sara Zarate for “Above and Beyond” service. Zarate has worked at the FBO since 2018 and made AIN’s list of the top customer service representatives in the world, based on customer comments. Zarate is the fifth American Aero team member to be honored in the survey in as many years.  

“We are truly grateful to the customers who put their trust in us every day,” said Angela Thurmond, American Aero general manager. “When American Aero and its team members are recognized at this level, it demonstrates that we are living our mission and strengthening the industry that we love so much.”

In 2018, American Aero was the first FBO in the world to earn Stage 3 in the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification for advanced ground handling safety. The FBO’s safety efforts have been led by Bob Agostino, vice president, whose 50 years of corporate flight operations experience includes 15 years as director of flight operations for Learjet/Bombardier. While at Learjet, Agostino created what is now known as the Bombardier Safety Standdown.

“FBO customers may take ground handling safety for granted, but the truth is it can never be assumed,” explained Agostino. “Safety is a byproduct of competencies that go beyond even IS-BAH Stage 3. It is a daily discipline ingrained in our culture, from the newest employee to the highest executive.”

American Aero also announced expansion efforts, adding five acres to its 11-acre ramp, already the largest at KFTW. The FBO also increased its Avfuel-branded fuel storage to 70,000 gallons of jet-A and 33,000 gallons of avgas, with the addition of a 10,000-gallon jet-A tank and two 10,000-gallon avgas tanks.

About American Aero FTW

Ranked No. 1 in the world in the annual Aviation International News FBO Reader 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. Founded in 2012, American Aero is the primary tenant and only FBO in the airport’s recently rebuilt administration building. It was the first FBO in the world to receive Stage 3 IS-BAH certification, a rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). American Aero is an Avfuel-branded and Signature Select™-affiliated FBO. The FBO also offers 280,000 square feet of leasable hangar and office space. More information can be found at