Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of S3, providing a variety of aviation services to commercial and Government customers.
KBFS has locations in Temple, TX; Crestview, FL; and Huntsville, AL. KBFS currently holds certifications for CFR 14 FAA Part 133, 135, 137, 141, and 145. 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 training academy provides pilot qualification training; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) tactical crewmember training; and Air Adversary training to US military services and approved foreign military clients.
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 support at the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport (TPL) in Temple, TX. In addition to a comprehensive menu of flight services, 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.