Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of System Studies and Simulation (S³), providing a variety of aviation services to commercial, Government, and Partner Nation customers.
KBFS has locations in Temple, TX; Crestview, FL; and Huntsville, AL. KBFS currently holds certifications for CFR 14 FAA Part 133 (External Loads), 135 (Non-Scheduled Transport), 137 (Agricultural Spray Operations), 141 (Flight Training), and 145 (Repair Station). In addition to its current commercial operations, KBFS provides contract aviation support to the Department of Defense, other US Federal Agencies, and US approved Foreign Militaries and security organizations. The S³/KBFS Crestview, FL International ISR Training Academy provides pilot, mission system operator, flying crew chief, and loadmaster qualification training in air-land, airdrop, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission sets.
KBFS began helicopter services in 2007 when S³ purchased the original Kachemak Bay air services, a well-known fixed wing operation in Alaska. Today, KBFS offers fixed and rotary wing aviation services and provides selected fixed base operations task support at the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport (TPL) in Temple, TX.
To meet growing USG military contracts, KBFS added another training site at Bob Sikes Airport (CEW) in Crestview, FL in 2012. The Crestview site is now the home of the KBFS ISR Training Academy. In addition to a comprehensive menu of flight services at both sites, KBFS in 2013 acquired Summit Aviation, a Part 145 Avionics Repair Facility that is an authorized sales and service center for Garmin navigation systems, COBHAM avionics, Meggett Avionics, and S-TEC Corporation autopilot equipment. Summit Aviation, now a part of KBFS, has been a long-standing corporate member of the American Electronics Association (AEA) and has serviced General Aviation maintenance requirements in Central Texas for more than 20 years. KBFS also acquired Skyline Columbus, a Part 141 operation in Georgia, and moved the company/certificate to Temple in 2014.