Friday , February 14, 2014 - 3:16 PM
OGDEN — Cory Bengtzen has traveled to at least 32 countries to deliver airplanes.
The president of CB Aviation and lead character of the Discovery Network TV show Dangerous Flights recently purchased Ogden Jet Center, making his company full service in aviation.
“We are really excited about this purchase,” he said. “This is the missing part we’ve needed to make the company full service.”
Since 2009, CB Aviation has been buying, selling and brokering different types of aircraft all over the globe. In 2012, the company opened a maintenance facility servicing piston, turbine and jet aircraft.
“With the quick growth of our maintenance facility we were in need of more space. The purchase of Ogden Jet Center made perfect sense,” Bengtzen said. “Now we can service our clients in every aspect from fueling their aircraft, to hangaring, maintenance, delivery, and sales.”
Dangerous Flights, in which Bengtzen plays the main character, follows him and his team of pilots as they deliver small aircraft all over the world, crossing oceans and jungles.
“We’ve had some really interesting adventures. The show follows our challenges from mechanical issues to language barriers and weather problems,” he said. “We once took a plane to the Philippines. We went through Alaska and Russia,” he said. “When he got to Russia, the heater broke. We were stuck in the cockpit in negative 50 degrees and we couldn’t turn around. We had to keep going.”
Their last flight involved delivering a single-engine Cessna to Kenya.
“We went all the way up through the north part of Canada, then to Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, France, Croatia, Greece, Egypt, Ethiopia and down to Kenya,” he said. “Whether they are prop planes or jets, we sell to customers all over the globe and personally deliver many of them.”
Bengtzen made a dramatic move from the auto industry, where he spent 15 years managing and co-owning Utah car dealerships before moving into the aviation industry.
Bengtzen said he is preparing a very aggressive marketing campaign by including the local ski resorts, restaurants, and hotels to attract new clients to the Ogden area.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it is time for the world to see it,” he said. “This airport is very quiet, but it’s a great airport and has the potential to be really busy.”
Bengtzen has plans to renovate the building this spring and will be changing from Ogden Jet Center to CB Aviation Executive Terminal.
“We need to give the facility the look and feel that our distinguished clientele expects,” he said.
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