Long-Standing FBO Changes Hands

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One of the oldest family businesses in U.S. aviation is changing hands at the end of June. It was announced Thursday that Executive Beechcraft, which was started by Dan Meisinger Sr. in 1938, is being purchased by BBA Aviation. Terms haven't been disclosed, but the deal gives BBA 100 percent of the capital stock of Executive Beechcraft Inc. Members of the Meisinger family have continuously owned the business since its inception (when an executive Beechcraft was a Staggerwing) and grew it to include a diversified enterprise with four bases of operation. The FBO chain's headquarters are at Kansas City Downtown Airport (MKC) and there are full-service facilities at Kansas City International (MCI), New Century Air Center (IXD) and Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS). The company is a Hawker Beechcraft dealer and service center and is also a designated service center for Cirrus and Mooney aircraft. BBA Aviation also owns Signature Flight Support, Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines and several other aviation companies.