PRESS RELEASE 4 January 2019
Tradewind Aviation International, New Bern, North Carolina, announces Merger with DeFuniak Springs Flight Academy.
North Carolina Flight School Merges with Florida Panhandle Flight School to form flight training powerhouse.
New Bern North Carolina. – Today, Tradewind Aviation International (TAI) merged with DeFuniak Springs Flight Academy (DSFA/54J) to Tradewind Flight Services Incorporated (TFSI). TAI, owned and operated by Mr. Thomas Dolder, is a flight school with FAA approved training courses under Part 141/VA. TAI has serviced the local Military and aviation training sector in North Carolina for the past 20 years, providing commercial flight training at the New Bern Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN), and the Jacksonville Albert Ellis Airport (OAJ). Tradewind is also offering comprehensive aircraft maintenance services at both locations.
DeFuniak Springs Flight Academy a subsidiary of Onvoi Global Services, located on the Panhandle of Florida services the commercial and military communities of Fort Rucker, Eglin AFB, Panama City, Crestview, Tyndal AFB, and Hurlburt AFB. DSFA has commercial contracts with TSA and GoJet to support US Military Helicopter Pilots with Rotary Transition to the airlines. TAI recently entered into an agreement with CRAVEN Community College of in New Bern and Havelock, NC to provide flight training courses. Starting in the fall semester of 2019, incoming CRAVEN aviation students will be able to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Aviation, by obtaining a commercial pilot and flight instructor certification, with the potential to become a flight instructor at TFSI.
Tradewind Flight Services is a strategic addition to the Onvoi portfolio said Darryl Centanni, President and Founder of ONVOI Global Services. “As the demand for outsourced flight training and services increases, TFSI uniquely expands our military instruction footprint, positioning for growth across both military and commercial training.”
“The strength of OGS military training, combined with over 20 years of commercial flight training experience by Tradewind Aviation, increases our position to support our customers’ growing demand for trained international, military, and commercial pilots”.
Tradewind Flight Services main hub will operate from New Bern NC and be supported by OGS corporate headquarters in Defuniak Springs, FL.
TFSI will operate as a subsidiary of Onvoi Global Services.
Mr. Centanni went on to say this is merely taking one of our divisions/subsidiary companies of Onvoi Global Services (OGS) and merging the assets and people to create efficiencies for future growth for TFSI. OGS remains one of the faster growing DoD small business in northern Florida and will continue its OGS 2025 growth strategy to be a dominant player in the Aviation Services industry in the US.
“I’ve had a relationship with OGS for the past 4 years and I’ve always been impressed by the OGS team. They are straight forward honest brokers; the company executive management is retired military and they understand aviation. This is a great opportunity for TFSI, this allows our company to autonomously operate as a small business but allows us to leverage a greater amount of assets for future growth” , stated Mr. Thomas Dolder, founder of TAI, now TFSI.
ONVOI Global Services is a Veterans Administration Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). OGS brings Best Value Support Services to clients through an experienced expert staff of program managers and former military subject matter experts with military base operations and facilities management experience. OGS offers a complete line of base operations, program management, and training and logistics services. OGS has approximately 200 employees in 23 states. Recently OGS acquired Monarch Aviation Maintenance Facility and formed Eagle Aviation Maintenance Operations of DeFuniak Springs.