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Dave Olson, Published April 25 2013

Pilots give Jet Center high marks

FARGO – Fargo Jet Center officials are walking on air.

The reason: The center recently landed a No. 2 ranking among all of the thousands of similar aviation service companies in the Western Hemisphere.

“We’re thrilled,” said Jim Sweeney, president and co-founder of the Jet Center, which is at Fargo’s Hector International Airport.

The second-place ranking is based on an annual survey commissioned by the publication Aviation International News.

The survey asks pilots and readers of AIN to evaluate aviation service companies in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday at the Jet Center, Sweeney said it was the third time the center has made the survey’s Top 40 since the Jet Center began operating about 18 years ago.

“There are more than 3,000 entities like ours that could potentially land in the rankings of this survey. Only one aviation company ranked with a better score than we did,” Sweeney said.

Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo airport, described the Jet Center as the welcome mat for many travelers to the area.

“They’re first-class, and we’re really proud,” Dobberstein said.

Jet Center co-founder and CEO Pat Sweeney said he, too, was proud of the facility and of “the staff that conducts business here on a daily basis.”

“It’s been a great ride, and we’re going to keep flying,” Sweeney said.

The Jet Center is a dealer of aviation fuels, an aircraft maintenance and avionics repair station and an aircraft dealer.

It also provides aircraft charter, aircraft management services and operates a Cessna-certified flight school.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555