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There’s a very strong chance that if you have found yourself checking out Mach FBO Insurance Solutions, you already know what an FBO is. For the layman, FBO stands for fixed-base operator. This is an umbrella term that covers almost all businesses located on an airport, which include “fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, and similar services.” [1] FBOs service the general aviation market and are crucial to the industry; the FAA has very stringent requirements for these businesses to ensure that general aviation is safe for both the pilot and those on the ground.

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Let’s go ahead and expand on the duties of an FBO and how they play a role in general aviation:

  • Sale of aviation fuel – piston aircraft fuel (avgas) and/or turbine aircraft fuel (Jet-A or Jet A-1) 
  • Line services for general aviation aircraft
  • Air taxi and air charter operations
  • Scheduled or nonscheduled air carrier services and support services
  • Pilot training
  • Aircraft rental and sightseeing
  • Aircraft sales and service
  • Aircraft storage (tie-down or hangar)
  • Repair and Aircraft maintenance.
  • Sale of aircraft parts
  • Aerial photography
  • Crop dusting and aerial applications
  • Aerial advertising and Aerial survey

While most of the above is pretty self explanatory, I will cover some of what was stated above.

Line Service is a customer service position that is responsible for supporting all ground operations for inbound and outbound aircraft, flight crews and passengers. [2]

An air taxi (or air charter) is defined as a flight service that transports people or cargo to a separate airport or location. There are thousands of air taxis across the United States, and are typically ran under Part 135 by the FAA.

An air carrier is very similar to an air taxi, but usually refers to larger operations. A good example of an air carrier would be Alaska Airlines. These types of businesses are ran under Part 135 as well, with airplanes that have 60 or more seats.

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The rest of the items listed are straightforward and do not need an explanation. Hopefully you have learned a thing or two about what exactly goes on at an FBO. If you have any other questions or have any suggestions on what you would like to see for future content, please send us an email at!

Also, if you are in the Southern California area and want to donate a toy, please check out  Redlands Airport Association’s annual toy drive![3] It’s going on November 16th, 2019 from 10am – 3pm, and Mach FBO will be there with a box full of toys! 

Very respectfully,

Garrett Coley


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