A Brief History
Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc. began operations in 1947. Larry Diffley and Mark Shough, took over in 1970, with three employees, their own Cessna 150 and the three 150's already in
place at Bemidji Aviation. The early years involved a lot of fire patrol, flight instruction, some passenger charter work and the addition of a maintenance facility which had
previously been lacking in Bemidji. The first Piper Aztec was added in 1975 when the all-weather charter service in Bemidji was born. In 1981 Bemidji Airlines began operation,
with scheduled commuter service between Bemidji and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In the mid-eighties the business expanded to include many cargo runs and added many
larger aircraft. The airline ran until 1991, at which time the on-demand passenger and cargo operation moved to the forefront. The current service area extends to anywhere in the
Continental U.S. and Canada. Bemidji Aviation became a 100% ESOP company as of Jan 1, 2006.
The F.B.O. based in Bemidji is a full service operation providing fuel, maintenance, hanger rental, plane rental, flight training, car rental, pilot supplies and a pilot lounge. We continue to
build our reputation and a base of satisfied customers on an unwavering commitment to service.
The F.B.O. based in Bemidji is a full service operation providing fuel, maintenance, hanger rental, plane rental, flight training, car rental,
pilot supplies and a pilot lounge. We continue to build our reputation and a base of satisfied customers, on an unwavering commitment to service.
Our Aircraft Fleet
The cargo fleet at Bemidji Aviation is made up of piston and turbo prop aircraft. We have Beech Excalibur Queen Airs, Beech 99's and Metroliner IIIs on our cargo flights.
The passenger fleet includes piston, turbo prop and jet aircraft. We operate a Beech Baron, Beech Excalibur Queen Airs, a Beech E-90 King Air, and a Cessna CJ525 Jet for passenger work. We seek to provide
comfort and convenience to our customers, as our business is built on a foundation of satisfied customers.
Our single engine fleet of Cessna 172s, a Cessna 152, a Cessna 150 are available for scenic/survey flights as well as rental. Also with these aircraft we promote and sustain a vibrant
flight training program that is vital in maintain the health of local aviation.
Our Fleet is maintained by our maintenance department in Bemidji. We have highly skilled and knowledgeable mechanics,
who maintain our aircraft as well as providing maintenance services to our customers. Our maintenance department is full
service, offering both complete airframe and powerplant services.
Bemidji Aviation's strength comes from our people who work together for a common purpose. Methods, equipment, and
procedures are essential, and we constantly strive to improve them. The most valuable asset we have is our loyal and capable work force.