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Win a Place for the Show at Churchill Downs

Come Saturday, May 6, the stands at Churchill Downs will be packed with “guys and dolls” who have come from far and wide to watch the first leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby. And the Louisville area FBO ramps will be packed as well, with more than 1,000 owned and chartered business jets and turboprops expected to arrive between Thursday, May 4 and Race Day morning to attend the surrounding events.

Whether you arrive on Thursday for the Taste of Derby, on Friday to watch three-year old fillies compete in the Kentucky Oaks – or Saturday afternoon in time to hear Harry Connick, Jr. sing the National Anthem before the 143rd Run for the Roses, you’ll find a warm welcome and excellent on-site support for your aircraft and crew at both Bowman and Standiford Fields.

Pratt & Whitney Canada

You won’t need luck to leave after the race to ensure that you’re able to make that post-race run down the taxiway. Several business jet and engine manufacturers and service organizations will have support crews on site to ensure that your flights to and from the Bluegrass State are smooth and trouble-free.

These companies are staging technicians, parts, and tooling on standby in Louisville to ensure that your prospects for post-Derby departure remain rosy:

Maintenance Support

GAMA Aviation

Gama Aviation, the global aviation services company, has increased its Aircraft on Ground (AOG) peak period support and will be placing additional mobile and field service engineer support at all surrounding airports of the region in preparation for the large wave of business jets expected in Louisville.

GAMA Aviation
Toll Free 24-7 Contact number: 1-855-264-4262

Rolls-Royce Support

Customer Manager, John Marsh, will be in region and your point of contact if assistance is required. Rolls-Royce On-Wing Care personnel will also be positioned in the region and their support may be coordinated via John or your Rolls-Royce regional Customer Manager..

John Marsh, Customer Manager
Tel: (317) 691-5016

Dassault Falcon Jet

Dassault Falcon will offer a range of on-ground services to support Falcon owners to include frontline personnel and a GoTeam of experienced AOG Technicians with the parts, tools and specialized equipment to handle a variety of maintenance needs.

Dassault Falcon will offer a range of on-ground services to support Falcon owners to include frontline personnel and a GoTeam of experienced AOG Technicians with the parts, tools, and specialized equipment to handle a variety of maintenance needs.

Off-site resources will be available through the company’s network of Authorized Service Centers; four spare parts distribution centers throughout the U.S.—including our newest location in Louisville; and our large-cabin, long-range Falcon 900 aircraft dedicated exclusively to AOG support.

Falcon Jet AOG Command Center
Toll-Free: 800-232-5266 toll free
Tel: (201) 541-4747
Falcon Spares: 201-541-4809

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Beginning May 3 and continuing through May 7, Gulfstream will have its Chicago-area-based Field and Airborne Support Team (FAST) vehicle on the Atlantic Aviation ramp at Louisville International Airport. The vehicle will be manned by factory-trained technicians.

The large, custom-outfitted vehicle includes technical data access, a consolidated toolbox, parts, a generator, and a ground power unit.

Overseeing support will be field service representative (FSR) Tim Centivany.


Bombardier Business Aircraft

Bombardier Business Aircraft will be on site to provide support to ensure operators remain on time, ready, and set to get away from the races.

A mobile response unit manned by two technicians will be on site in Louisville, Kentucky, from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. This vehicle carries state-of-the-art diagnostics tools supporting Learjet, Challenger, and Global aircraft, as well as a wide array of equipment. Our local Field Service Representative will also be available for support.

The Customer Response Tram (CRT) aircraft will be on standby in DuPage, IL to make quick shipments from our main parts hub in the Chicago area. The CRT aircraft will be dedicated to support Bombardier operators during the weekend.

For unscheduled and AOG support, customers should contact Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Customer Response Center at 1-866-538-1247 (North America toll-free).

Bombardier Aviation Services
7336 Aviation Place
Dallas, TX 75235
+1 (469) 791-4000
Learjet: ac.ict@aero.bombardier.com
Challenger and Global: ac.yul@aero.bombardier.com

For scheduling maintenance, Bombardier operators should contact their Field Service Representative or the CRC at 1-866-538-1247 or ac.yul@aero.bombardier.com


The Textron Aviation 1Call support team will be standing by to assist customers in Louisville. Two of Textron Aviation’s more than 60 Mobile Service Units (MSUs) will be in the region to support the full line of Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air, and Hawker turbine business jet and turboprop aircraft attending the event. These MSUs are equipped to perform limited inspections, engine, tire and brake service, and more.

Additionally, as part of its Air Response Service, U.S.-based support aircraft are available to rush parts and technicians in response to AOG situations to keep Textron Aviation owners and operators in the air. Customers can access the dedicated 1Call support team by dialing (316) 5I7-2090

Textron Aviation 1Call Support Team
Phone: (316) 517-2090

Ground Services

(Information provided by Magellan Jets – 1-877-550-5387)

KSDF – Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field

(10 minutes to Churchill Downs)

Atlantic Aviation

Phone: (502) 368-1515


  • Beha Catering will be on site to complete and manage all catering requests.
  • There will be a separate station within Atlantic for catering.
  • Specific directions for crew regarding catering will be provided upon landing at SDF. There will be an employee by the crew exit asking every pilot if they have received their catering before departing the FBO.

Ground Transportation:

  • Rampside car service will be allowed for chauffeured vehicles.
  • There is a separate gate for chauffeured vehicles specifically.
  • Hertz is on site and Hertz representatives will be at Atlantic to arrange rental vehicles, arranged through the FBO.
  • Rental vehicles can be returned in Atlantic’s parking lot.
  • Rental vehicles are not allowed rampside.


  • Aircraft parking reservations are strongly encouraged.
  • $625 event fee per trip.
  • Reservations are subject to a $200 cancellation fee if Atlantic is not notified of the cancellation or tail number change via email.
  • Taxiways will be shutting down for parking.
  • Atlantic will be tracking all inbound and outbound tails as well as parking locations.
  • Atlantic also requests that passengers remember their tail number so that the staff can direct them to the correct aircraft parking location.
  • Shuttles and cars for transportation for passengers and crew from Atlantic’s Executive Terminal to the aircraft parking available.

KLOU – Bowman Field Airport

(20 minutes to Churchill Downs)

Louisville Executive Aviation

Phone: (502) 292-4800


  • There will be free hot dogs and hamburgers at the Executive Terminal for passengers and crew if desired.
  • No change in standard catering arrangements otherwise.

Ground Transportation:

  • There will be a shuttle from the FBO to the Derby or hotel.
  • Enterprise is the preferred rental vehicle company.
  • Rampside car service will be allowed.
  • Rental vehicle can be returned at the Executive Terminal.


  • Reservations preferred to ensure ramp space, but not required.
  • Clients can request a ride as needed from the Executive Terminal to aircraft parking at Louisville Executive‘s front desk.
  • No additional fees are associated with the Derby parking.

Central American Airways

Phone: (502) 458-3211
  • No reservations necessary.
  • All other procedures remain the same.

KJVY – Clark Regional Airport

(20 minutes to Churchill Downs)

Honaker Aviation

Phone: (812) 246-5491


Ground Transportation:

  • Enterprise or Hertz are preferred rental vehicle companies.
  • Rampside car service will be allowed.
  • Rental vehicles can be returned at Honaker.
  • Preferred ground transportation in the area – Limo Worldwide.


  • Reservations preferred ahead of time for ramp space, but not required.
  • No additional fees associated with the Derby.

ASI Aviation

Phone: (812) 246-4696


  • Preferred caterer in the area – Beha Catering.
  • There will be either free BBQ or sandwiches for passengers and crew if desired.

Ground Transportation:

  • Rampside car service will be allowed.
  • Enterprise is the preferred car rental company and Hertz serves ASI as well.
  • Preferred ground transportation in the area – Xtreme Limo.
  • Rental vehicles can be returned directly at ASI.


  • Reservations preferred ahead of time for ramp space, but not required. Reservations for hangars necessary.

Additional ramp fees during the Derby:

  • $100 for turboprops, waived with purchase of 100 gal of gas.
  • $125 for jet, waived with purchase of 200 gal of gas.

Hangar fees:

  • $100 for turboprops.
  • $175 for Jet.

Clients can request ride to their aircraft from ASI terminal at the front desk. Golf carts and vans are available.

Publisher of Business Aviation Advisor, has nearly 50 years in business aviation including executive positions at aircraft management/charter and ground services companies. He is a past director of the NATA and Corporate Angel Network.


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