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McKinney Air Center Named Top FBO in U.S. in Pilots' Choice Awards

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McKinney National's Air Traffic Control Tower Also Ranked Number One

MCKINNEY, Texas, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- McKinney Air Center, the fixed based operator (FBO) that provides fuel and other services to aircraft at McKinney National Airport (KTKI), has been named best in the nation in the 2014 Pilots' Choice Awards by FltPlan.com. In addition, the air traffic control tower at McKinney National Airport was named number one in the Pilots' Choice Awards.  

In announcing the award, FltPlan states: "FltPlan pilots agree that they provide the exceptional customer service that pilots and passengers have come to expect at this general aviation hot spot." The award survey was open to more than 145,000 pilots, representing over 65 percent of all business aviation.

According to the website, more than one thousand FBOs received votes from FltPlan registered users and the pilots' favorites reached the top.  The 2014 Pilots' Choice Award reflects McKinney Air Center's friendly and knowledgeable staff who take pride in representing the City of McKinney and McKinney Air Center.

"McKinney Air Center and McKinney National Airport provide customers with outstanding service, ensuring they have a positive image of both McKinney National Airport and the City of McKinney," said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller.  "On behalf of the City of McKinney, we congratulate the staff at McKinney Air Center and McKinney National Airport for their time, tremendous efforts,  enthusiasm, and professionalism that resulted in being named the winner of the 2014 Pilots' Choice Awards by FltPlan.com. I would also like to personally thank them for providing the image that the City of McKinney deserves."

"The first and last impressions that corporate decision-makers and other passengers have of our community and region begin at McKinney National Airport and McKinney Air Center," said Ken Wiegand, Executive Director of McKinney National Airport. "We thank our staff for their dedication and passion for their work and look forward to continuing to provide all of our customers with exceptional service."

"We are honored to have received this prestigious award in such a short period of time.  We take pride in McKinney Air Center and McKinney National airport-- the dedication of our staff and the City of McKinney has made our FBO the best in class in North Texas and the country," said Mark Jaraczewski, General Manager of McKinney Air Center. "Our customers will notice that we are also investing heavily in a continuous improvement program to further upgrade our facilities."

The City of McKinney took over operations of the airport in November 2013, which included the airport's FBO.  Since then, the city has invested in additional upgrades to the FBO facilities.

"This award proves that a publicly-owned FBO can succeed and thrive when stacked up directly against privately-owned competition," said Deputy City Manager Jose Madrigal. "McKinney National Airport is an economic driver that, when combined with other amenities like affordable homes, great schools and convenient location, attracts new businesses from the U.S. and around the world."

About McKinney National Airport
McKinney National Airport (TKI) is a general aviation reliever airport located in McKinney, Texas. The airport is the North Texas airport of choice for business and personal aviation transportation with convenient access to surrounding cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. McKinney National Airport offers full service for corporate fleets and general aviation. In 2012, $70 million in upgrades included the completion of a new, longer and wider runway with more weight-bearing capacity, a state-of-the-art air traffic control and managed perimeter access control. Visit www.flytki.com to learn more.

About McKinney Air Center
McKinney Air Center is the fixed-base operator (FBO) for McKinney National Airport, located in McKinney, Texas. McKinney Air Center is ranked the No. 1 FBO in the U.S. by fltplan.com as part of the Pilot's Choice Awards. The FBO offers the full range of amenities in a customer-focused, welcoming atmosphere. The renovated and upgraded facilities offer the technology and comfort customers expect. To learn more visit www.mckinneyaircenter.com.

About McKinney
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of more than 149,082. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live in America list. Visit the city's website at www.mckinneytexas.org.

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