|Hubs||Oakland County International Airport|
|Key people||Edsel Ford II, owner|
Pentastar Aviation is an American aviation services company based in Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan. It provides domestic and international private charter flights, avionics, maintenance services, in-flight catering and FBO services. Originally a subsidiary of the Chrysler Corporation, the company was sold in 2001 to Ford family member Edsel B. Ford II.
Pentastar Aviation began in 1964 as Chrysler Air Transportation, Chrysler Corporation’s internal flight department based at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The company was renamed Pentastar Aviation in 1980. Initially providing internal flight services, over time the division expanded to offer maintenance and avionics services, private aircraft brokerage services, fixed-base operation services and charter services through Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.
Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc's fleet includes the following aircraft:
- King Air 200
- Citation Jet Series
- Hawker 400XP
- Learjet 45 / 75
- Embraer Phenom 300
- Citation XL/XLS
- Hawker 800XP
- Hawker 850XP
- Hawker 900XP
- Learjet 60 / 60XR
- Gulfstream 150
- Citation Latitude
- Challenger 300/350
- Citation X / Sovereign
- Falcon 50EX
- Gulfstream 200 / 280
- Legacy 450 / 500
- Challenger 604 / 605
- Falcon 2000 EX / LXS
- Gulfstream IV / IVSP / 450 / 400
- Embraer Legacy 600
- Dassault Falcon 7X
- Gulfstream V / 550 / 650
- Bombardier Global Express
The company also uses a range of jets through a network of pre-approved operators.
Pentastar Aviation holds Class 3 and Class 4 airframe ratings and maintains Gulfstream, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault and Hawker aircraft. It also carries out avionics installation and repair at its facility at Oakland County International Airport.
On March 13, 2012, Key Air, the leading FBO service provider and aircraft management and charter provider at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, CT, officially announced that they would be signing a memorandum of understanding with Pentastar Aviation. This agreement allowed Pentastar to operate on the east coast of the United States in addition to their headquarters in Oakland County International Airport. The facilities were officially opened on June 13, 2012.
Scheduled airline service
Twice Pentastar has operated scheduled airline service under a public charter arrangement.
The second was for a startup, OneJet, operating Hawker Beechjet 400A aircraft out of an Indianapolis International Airport base to a number of destinations in the Midwest. This flying will transition to Corporate Flight Management in June 2016.
- Pentastar Aviation's Private Jet Charter Services | http://www.pantastaraviation.com/private-jet-service.html
- About Us - History page from Pentastar's corporate website
- "Key Air Welcomes the Opening of Pentastar Aviation’s East Coast Maintenance Base to its Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) Facilities". PRWeb. Retrieved 13 June 2012.