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Aviation Services and Fixed Base Operators (FBOs)

SIC 4581 | NAICS 488119

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Airport Operations  (view report)
Aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

National Air Transportation Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Aviation Business Journal / past-issues
Quarterly trade magazine features news and information for aviation services companies, with topics covered including industry news and events, aircraft charter and management, fuel and line services, aircraft maintenance and repair, flight training, airline services, safety and risk management, financial and technology issues, marketing, and human resources. Archived issues can be viewed free online.

Industry Statistics and Information
Statistics section provides information on the number of fixed-base operators (FBOs), the number of FBOs operated by airports, and the percentage of airports with one or more FBOs and also includes information on general aviation fuel consumption by type of fuel (e.g., avgas, jet fuel) and the number of active general aviation and air taxi aircraft and hours flown by type of engine (e.g., piston, turbine).

Queensmith Communications Corporation
Professional Pilot Magazine

Monthly trade journal features news and information for business aviation professionals, with special reports including the annual "PRASE Survey" which ranks the top U.S. fixed-base operators (FBOs) based on evaluations submitted by subscribers and also provides rankings for the best independent, small chain, and large chain FBOs in the U.S. and the top international FBOs in other global markets.

The Convention News Company
Publications available from this organization include:

Aviation International News
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the business aviation industry, with FBO-focused content including the online "FBO" news channel and the annual "FBO Survey" which ranks fixed-base operators in the U.S. and other regions around the world based on evaluations submitted by subscribers. Articles are available free online, with free subscription available for qualified parties.

FBO Survey
Annual FBO survey ranks fixed-base operators in the U.S. and other regions around the world based on evaluations submitted by subscribers for FBOs that they visited or had experience with during the prior twelve months, with each FBO evaluated on a scale of 1 – 5 across five service categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities, and CSRs. Surveys are available free online.

Global Info Research
Fixed-Base Operators

Comprehensive study provides a detailed analysis of the FBO market on a global and regional basis, with data provided including historical and forecast revenues by type (e.g., fueling, parking, tie-down, and hangaring, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, other), application (e.g., private, general aviation), and geographic region (e.g., North America, Europe, APAC, South America, MEA).

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Airport Services  Search for "4881" to see reports for specific services

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Airport Operations / Aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenues for companies that operate airports or flying fields and provide services such as aircraft parking, aircraft inspection and testing, ferrying aircraft between departure gates and taxiways, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul of aircraft airframes, powerplants, and components.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

National Business Aviation Association
Compensation Survey

Annual NBAA survey provides base salary and total compensation data for aircraft maintenance and line service personnel, with survey results reported on a national, FAA region, and metropolitan area basis and job positions covered in the survey including maintenance director, maintenance manager, maintenance foreman, A&P maintenance technician, avionics technician, and line service technician.

PayScale, Inc.
Airline or Aviation Fixed-Base Operator (FBO)

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, maintenance director, aircraft and powerplant mechanic, avionics technician, and line service technician, with FBOs for which salary or wage data is provided including Landmark Aviation, Pentastar Aviation, Million Air Interlink, Signature Flight Support, and Atlantic Aviation Corp.

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data  Select "Guest Search" to view data by industry

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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