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. Our
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 service between Bemidji and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In the mid-eighties they expanded the business to include many scheduled
cargo freight runs, and added many larger aircraft. The airline ran until 1991, at which time the scheduled cargo service and on demand passenger and cargo
service moved to the forefront. Our service area extends into three states for our scheduled cargo service, and anywhere in the continental
U.S. and Canada for our on demand service. Bemidji Aviation became an 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.
Our Aircraft Fleet
The cargo fleet at Bemidji Aviation is made up of piston and turbo prop aircraft. We have Beech Excalibur Queen Air's and Beech 99's on our
cargo flights. Future expansion plans include the addition of larger turbo prop and jet aircraft.
The passenger fleet includes piston and turbo prop aircraft. We use Beech Barons, Beech Excalibur Queen Airs and a
Beech E-90 King Air 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 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.