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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 & Overhaul  (view report)

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

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

National Air Transportation Association
Aviation Business Journal
Quarterly business magazine features news and information for aviation services professionals employed by fixed base operators, with a primary focus on matters and issues of concern to firms providing services such as aircraft management and charter, fuel and line services, aircraft maintenance and repair, flight training, and airline services. Digital editions of current and prior issues of the magazine are available free online.

Airport Operations / Aircraft Maintenance & Repair

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Aviation Business Strategies Group
FBO Industry Survey and Forecast / FBO Connection Blog / connection-blog
Above sections include the annual FBO industry survey which summarizes participant responses to aviation fuel sales trends and the direction of the economy as a whole, and articles that provide advice and insights on current industry trends and successfully operating, managing, and promoting FBO (fixed-base operator) and MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) services. Survey results and articles can be viewed free online.

The Convention News Company
Information resources available from this organization include:

Aviation International News
Monthly trade publication features news and information for business aviation professionals, with selected features including the "Fixed-Base Operators" online news channel which provides articles specific to this industry segment and periodic "FBO Survey" articles covering various global regions. Selected articles from current and prior issues can be viewed free online, with free digital subscription available to qualified parties.

FBO Survey
Annual surveys covering the Eastern and Western Hemispheres provide a summary overview of current business conditions in the FBO industry; rank top-rated FBOs based on an average of reader responses in five categories: line service, passenger and pilot amenities, facilities, and customer service; and include profiles of selected top-rated FBOs. Surveys can be viewed free online in the FBO online news channel.

GIA Research
Airport Airside Services
Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of the airport airside (which includes all areas accessible to aircraft) services market in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered including industry and service overview, market analysis and trends, historical and forecast sales volume by airside service segment, and key company profiles. Summary report description and detailed table of contents are available free online.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Airport Operations  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.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Airport Operations
Aircraft Maintenance & Repair

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

National Air Transportation Association
NATA Compensation Survey
Annual compensation survey provides salary, wage, and benefits information for general aviation services personnel (e.g., pilots, line service personnel, maintenance technicians, inspectors, dispatchers, and other support personnel), with survey data broken out by annual gross company sales, total number of company employees, geographic region of the country, and size of the community in which the company is located.

National Business Aviation Association
Compensation Survey
Annual compensation survey provides base salary and total compensation data for aviation department, flight crew, maintenance, scheduling, dispatch, and line service personnel on a national, regional, and metro area basis, with statistical measures for total compensation data including average, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. Complete listing of all job positions included in the survey can be viewed free online.

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