I am writing to express my support for Mr. Steve Black and his family to maintain their operation as the fixed base operator (FBO) at the Ottumwa Industrial Airport.

The Black family has run the operation for 32 years and has done an outstanding job in the process. They run a full service FBO with 100 LL avgas for general aviation aircraft, a full up maintenance operation, a first class charter service and they continue to train some of the best pilots the world has to offer.

I can personally attest to their commitment to aviation in the southern Iowa region, because the Black family provided the airplanes and instructors for my pilot training in the 1990's. Anytime I needed an airplane, the Black family had one ready to go, in top airworthiness condition and full of fuel.

I used the outstanding training Mr. Steve Black and his family provided me and I went on to fly F-16 fighter jets in the USAF and Boeing 757 & 767's at American Airlines. Please join me in support of the Black family and their continued outstanding service as fixed base operators at the Ottumwa Industrial Airport.

Gavin D. Tade

Southlake, Texas