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32 airportbusiness December 2018/January 2019 EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW By Joe Petrie Primed for Growth in San Antonio GateOne Stinson sees a bright future for business aviation in San Antonio. In 2015, Imperial Aviation LLC took over the FBO at Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF) in San Antonio. As the feeder airport for San Antonio International Airport, Stinson provides unique opportunities for the region and general aviation and business traffic looking to access the area. Airport Business recently spoke with Thomas Mathew, CEO of Imperial, which is doing business as GateOne Stinson at SSF and shared a little more about business and the current state of general aviation in the region. Airport Business: Tells me a little about the current state of business and general aviation traffic in the San Antonio Region and at Stinson Municipal Airport. Thomas Mathew: It’s great where we’re located. Stinson is what you call a feeder airport to San Antonio International. We’ve got a couple of flight schools there, we’ve got 80-plus airplanes based there and we’ve got a lot of constant customers that come through. One of the reason we looked at basing ourselves as the FBO at Stinson is the fact that there’s a lot of industry that’s going into the south side of San Antonio. Also, the shale oil play in Southern Texas is also heating up. There’s a lot more aircraft that are coming through Stinson. We have a world-class FBO there and we compete with everyone else there very effectively. AB: Being that Stinson is a reliever airport to San Antonio International Airport, how are you able to compete? What kinds of advantages do you have at that airport? TM: When we bought the place we moved from a 30-year-old facility to a brand new facility in the terminal building. That facility basically provides all the amenities that you would find at a major FBO. We provide every service that you can get and we’re very competitive with our fuel prices. At the same time, we don’t have any fees attached to the services we provide. AB: What do you see as the big opportunities for your FBO at Stinson? TM: When we purchase an FBO we look at the growth potential. We know what it has been doing historically. We look at the added value to the services we can bring to that location. They had a great maintenance facility. We upgraded that to where we’re a Robinson Helicopter maintenance facility. We have a lot of aircraft that comes to our facility because of the Thomas Mathews, CEO of Imperial Aviation LLC GateOne Stinson

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