Pentastar Aviation

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Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
DCX TANGO (air taxi ops)
HubsOakland County International Airport
DestinationsPoint-to-point transit
HeadquartersWaterford, Michigan
Key peopleEdsel Ford II, owner
Pentastar FBO facility

Pentastar Aviation is an American aviation services company based in Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan. It provides domestic and international private charter flights,[1] 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.[2]


Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc's fleet includes the following aircraft:[3]

The company also uses a range of jets through a network of pre-approved operators.

Aircraft Maintenance[edit]

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.[4]


Pentastar maintains an FBO at Oakland County International Airport[5] in Waterford, Michigan.[6]

Scheduled airline service[edit]

Twice Pentastar has operated scheduled airline service under a public charter arrangement.

The first was in 2013 and 2014 when they operated Saab SF340 aircraft on behalf of "Lakeshore Express" between Pontiac, Midway International Airport, and Pellston Regional Airport.

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.


  1. ^ Pentastar Aviation's Private Jet Charter Services |
  2. ^ About Us - History page from Pentastar's corporate website
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]