Bob Yosaitis and I both worked at Circle Rainbow Aviation but became increasingly frustrated with the owner, Doug Ledet. In 1998 we both left to start something new. Bradley was Bob's eight year old son, we added Pacific and Bradley Pacific Aviation was formed. Bob Yosaitis as President and myself as Executive VP. We rolled in a trailer and began to develop one of the fastest growing companies in Hawaii. Bradley Pacific was an FBO handling transient corporate aircraft as well as provide Jet-A fuel to local operators and into-plane fueling services to the major airlines.
Within five years or so Bradley Pacific was moving over 1.5 million gallons per day.
In 2006, just eight years from its start up, Ross Aviation along with other interested groups looked to purchase Bradley Pacific. In 2008 Ross Aviation successfully closed on the acquisition. In 2014 Ross sold Bradley Pacific to Landmark Aviation and in 2016 Landmark was purchased by Signature Flight Support.
Like any business it certainly had its frustrations internal as well as external but overall I am proud to have been part of this exciting company.
Bradley Pacific Aviation
"Fueling Hawaii's Economy"
BP-1 was the very first truck for Bradley Pacific. This older military refueler was sitting at the HNL airport , yellow and never in civilian service. On our start-up we needed fuel trucks and even though we would normally pass on this old beast, we gave it a new lease on life. Mike Clark gave it a quick make-over and it opened the Kauai station (new United contract) and then moved to the Big Island to open the Kona station. BP-1 rose to the occasion, its last years were some of its best, even though it limped and gasped for breath to the finish line.