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About Columbia Aviation Companies

What’s in a Name?

The Columbia corporate name has an interesting and colorful connection with the early history of Connecticut and transportation.  “Columbia” was the name of a 19th century tall ship captained by John Rathbone of Mystic, Connecticut. The 1051-ton vessel was representative of a class of sleek, fast sailing ships known as Packets. These ships enabled the United States to capture a major share of the growing transatlantic passenger traffic.  Owners Arthur Maurice and Barbara Silver have preserved these roots in the company’s name.  Columbia combines the tradition and excellence of the past with the innovation and technology of the present, to create a new standard in transportation for the future.

Our Group of Companies

The Columbia group of companies includes Columbia Air Services, Inc., Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc., Columbia Fuel Services, Inc., and our FBOs: Mystic Jet Center, Groton, CT; Columbia Air Services-Rutland, VT, LLC; and Columbia Air Services-Bar Harbor, ME, LLC. Each is a separate and distinct organization, with specific locations and/or purposes.

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HISTORY

Established in 1980, the Columbia brand was born in an old, white Quonset hangar at the Groton-New London Airport in Groton, CT and provided aircraft maintenance and a variety of other aviation services.  In 1988, Columbia Aircraft Sales was launched. Today, Columbia Aviation Companies represent a network of full-service FBO’s that offer comprehensive aircraft support to the general and corporate aviation communities. We are proud to be an Authorized Daher Distributer, providing Daher factory authorized sales and service for the eastern seaboard from Maine to Virginia and Eastern Canada.

 

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An industry leader. Columbia Aviation Companies has had a long-standing reputation as an industry leader committed to delivering unparalleled service.  We’ve established that stellar reputation with the hard work of our more than 100 devoted employees, several of whom have been with us since our humblest beginnings. The years of service for our maintenance technicians represents over 100 years of combined aircraft maintenance experience alone.  We are tremendously proud to boast such powerful, collective experience. It is our people and their knowledge, skills and dedication that has directly contributed to our success throughout the last 40 years.

 

Embracing Technology. Columbia is committed to leaning into new technologies to increase our productivity and improve the customer services experience.  Our avionics department has reduced overall down time and streamlined the installation process by use of a computer aided router to cut panels in-house.  In 2020 we had our own state-of-the-art paint booth installed in the sales/avionics hangar, eliminating the need to send components outside for touchups and paint work. We aim to remain technologically cutting edge, equipping our technicians on the shop floor with laptops and tablets and moving to a fully digital tech library.

 

We also remain committed to focusing on quality improvements across all our FBO’s, including the use of Flight Bridge in all those locations. Our staff at KBHB, KRUT and Mystic Jet Center have established a universal approach to customer service, assuring our clients are treated with the same level of professionalism no matter their destination.

 

Columbia is most proud of our continued partnership with Daher and representing Daher’s incredible TBM 940 and are delighted to celebrate their industry achievement of delivering HomeSafe™ Autoland technology for all future TBM 940’s.

 

Future Plans. Future plans for Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc.  include a brick and mortar expansion into Canada, designed to provide unparalleled service to our Canadian prospects and owners.  In 2020, our sales department rolled out our own Columbia Select Preowned program, a unique rating system developed to assure that the used aircraft we represent reflect the level of high pedigree and quality our industry has come to expect.

 

Art Maurice, Partner

Barb Silver, Partner

We look forward to the future with a continued passion for what we do.  The owners, Arthur Maurice and Barbara Silver, have encouraged us to be an organization that prides itself on innovation and adapting to challenges. Over the last several years we established initiatives to assure longevity and continuity in our shop through active recruitment and retention strategies. Through active partnerships with local trade schools, we have sought out talented recruits to join our team where they benefit from the mentorship from our experienced veterans.  We are excited to share these developments and more with our amazing staff, our wonderful customers and industry partners all over the world. Columbia Aviation Companies is incredibly grateful for the last 40+ years and we look forward to the next 40!

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Air Services, Inc.

Columbia Air Services, Inc., Groton, CT

Columbia Air Services Inc. was formed in 1980 to provide aircraft maintenance and a variety of other aviation services at the Groton-New London Airport in Groton, Connecticut. Since its affiliation with Pratt & Whitney in 1984, the company has serviced thousands of turbine engines, and is recognized today for its PT-6 series turbine engine expertise. Its FAA licensed technicians are factory trained in leading makes and models of turbine and piston aircraft. With over 100 years of airframe, powerplant and system maintenance and trouble-shooting experience, you’re Flying In Good Company with Columbia.

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Aircraft Sales, Inc.

Columbia Aircraft Sales, Groton, CT

Columbia Aircraft Sales was formed in 1988 to meet the transitional needs of the region’s general aviation owners and pilots. The company offers aircraft and avionics demonstrations, insurance and financing support, market research and analysis, aircraft sales and acquisitions, aircraft appraisals, transaction and registration services, and lifetime customer and product support. Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc., was a distributor of Piper aircraft and is an Authorized distributor of the Daher TBM 940 and 910 aircraft for an extensive territory that encompasses NY/NJ and New England,  all of Eastern Canada and Mid-Atlantic states down to VA.

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Mystic

Jet Center

Mystic Jet Center, Groton, CT

Mystic Jet Center was established in 2016 at KGON.  Mystic Jet Center provides full, family friendly air transportation services to the general aviation community.  Aside from providing quality aviation fuel products, lav and deicing services, MJC also boosts beautiful crew and flight planning lounges, 5-star concierge services, on demand heated hangers and much more to enhance your stay with us.

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Air Services-RUT, LLC

Columbia Air Services-RUT, N. Clarendon, VT

Columbia’s Air’s facilities in beautifully scenic Rutland, VT include a total of four hangars with approximately 40,000 square feet of clear span, and 4,000 square feet of office space. This FBO services a commuter airline and specializes in cold weather operations. Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. has recently established a Regional Sales Office in Rutland representing Piper and Daher and specializing in quality preowned piston aircraft of all makes and models.

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Air Services-BHB, LLC

Columbia Air Services-BHB, Trenton, ME

Located in the heart of “Down East” Maine Columbia’s facility at Bar Harbor is a popular full-services destination FBO, especially in the summer months. This facility includes a 6,400 sq. ft. and a 3,200 sq. ft. storage hangar; a 5,880 sq. ft. maintenance hangar and a 3,844 sq. ft. office and shop area. Columbia Air Services-BHB, LLC is also a factory authorized repair center for the following aircraft manufactures; Piper Aircraft, Cirrus Aircraft and Cub Crafters.