With the final stroke of a pen and handshakes with team members, Ross Aviation has completed its planned acquisition of the Signature Flight Support facility at Jacqueline Cochran Regional airport in Thermal, California. The acquisition gives Ross Aviation the largest ramp and hangar complex in the Coachella Valley and signals the organisation’s growing presence in the region, as well as its appetite for expansion system-wide.
“We see Thermal not only as a primary airport serving the Coachella Valley,” says CEO Brian Corbett, “but also as an excellent alternative to other facilities in the region, which are becoming increasingly congested. We anticipate hosting traffic from a variety of previously traditional destinations in the area, and now have the ramp space and hangar capacity, along with outstanding passenger and crew facilities, to accommodate them comfortably throughout the year.”
The Palm Springs/Coachella Valley region is particularly well-known for its numerous festivals and activities, and for its regular influx of visitors and seasonal residents to the desert resort communities.
Ross Aviation has been a provider of FBO services at the airport since 2016, and the senior leadership of the company has had a service presence on the field for decades. Just over a year ago it purchased other ramp space and hangar facilities at Thermal, and now it has the capability of handing additional heavy jet aircraft and offering more capacity for base customers.
Staffing at the acquired facility is anticipated to remain virtually unchanged, as the incumbent team is already well known for its high standards of service and safety. “We’re very proud to welcome our newest team members in Thermal,” adds Corbett, “and to having them become an integral part of our operations as we continue to increase our footprint in the region.”