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The Columbia corporate name has an interesting and colorful connection with the early history of Connecticut and transportation. According to Arthur Maurice and Barbara Silver, the company’s owners, “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.


William Rathbone of Liverpool, England, and a relative of Capt. John Rathbone, was instrumental in organizing the Black Ball Line, which provided the first regularly scheduled transatlantic passenger service between the United States and Britain. Capt. Rathbone sailed under the famous Black Ball Line Burgee for many years before being lost at sea in 1847. His ancestors helped to settle Mystic and Stonington, Connecticut, as well as Block Island, Rhode Island. He is also credited with attempting to torpedo a British naval blockade of Stonington Harbor during the War of 1812.

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Maurice and 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.



The Columbia group of companies includes Columbia Air Services, Inc., Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc., Columbia Fuel Services, Inc., Columbia Air, LLC, Columbia Air Services-Rutland, LLC, Columbia Air Services-BHB, LLC, and Columbia Air Services-LAL, LLC. Each is a separate and distinct organization, with specific locations and/or purposes. However, to maximize the potential of the group, and to minimize customer confusion, each Columbia company has registered to conduct business in its respective location(s) under a common trade-name: “Columbia Air Services,” and where appropriate, “Columbia Aircraft Sales.”


Air Services, Inc.

175 Tower Avenue, 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.


Aircraft Sales, Inc.

175 Tower Avenue, 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 a current distributor Socata TBM 850 aircraft in the northeastern United States, and in the case of the TBM, eastern Canada as well. The company has representatives in Groton, CT; Allaire, NJ; White Plains, NY; Rutland, VT; and Bar Harbor, ME

Columbia FBO Network


Jet Center

193 Tower Avenue, 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.


Air Services-RUT, LLC

1004 Airport Rd., North 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.


Air Services-BHB, LLC

112 Caruso Drive, 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.