About Us

Original Purpose:

Airport Professional Services, LLC (APS) was formed in 2001 as an aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) consulting company.  Our original purpose was to provide consulting services to airport managers in the development of new ARFF facilities, plans and programs, improvement of established ARFF processes and procedures, development of disaster preparedness and recovery plans, development of ARFF training plans and programs, and performing ARFF training.  We have provided consulting services to airports overseas, and we continue to do so both independently and as a company team member on large consulting teams.

Penetration Aircraft Skin Trainer (PAST Trainer) Hands-on High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Fuselage Penetration Training System:

Subsequently, APS invented and patented innovative and imaginative one-of-a-kind hands-on ARFF training products that provide ideal solutions to ARFF challenges and problems. This includes the manufacturing, marketing, and selling of the Penetration Aircraft Skin Trainer System.  It is comprised of the PAST Trainer, the replaceable aircraft fuselage grade aluminum panels, and the Foundation Anchor System (FAS).   APS spent several years designing, developing, fine tuning, and perfecting the design of the PAST Trainer and the other System components.  Our goal was to fully develop this very realistic and  highly effective  hands-on High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Penetration Training System.  It is described in greater detail on our PAST Trainer web page.

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Airport Professional Services (APS) Ownership:

APS is owned by its President, Gary T. Schott, MSA, who has served in the ARFF field for over forty-six years. He held key positions, including that of Base Fire Chief in Air Force fire protection, at numerous bases in the United States and overseas. From 1990, until his retirement in April, 2011, he was the Fire Chief of the Omaha Airport Authority’s Eppley Airfield. During this distinguished period of ARFF service, Chief Schott achieved a twenty-one year consecutive record of perfect, error-free, annual FAA ARFF Inspections. An achievement not recorded elsewhere  in FAA records. The FAA Regional Inspector attended Chief Schott’s retirement ceremony and spoke admirably of Gary’s significant achievements in the Airport’s FAA ARFF Inspections, as well as his significant influence and contributions to the ARFF community at large. Gary served as Chairman of the ARFF Working Group Board of Directors, and continues his active membership.  Also, he is a Primary Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting.

APS Operations Management:

Airport Professional Services contracts with Flanagan Consulting, LLC to manage APS’ day-to-day operations.  As such, Flanagan Consulting’s Owner and President, James M. (Jim) Flanagan, BBA, performs contractually as the APS Director of Operations.   Flanagan Consulting manages and performs the following operations:

  • Supervises the PAST Trainer System Sales Team; price quote development and submission
  • Business development and marketing; phone, email and mail communications; guidance to buyers on PAST Trainer installation
  • Shipment bill of lading production; Trainer and panels shipment scheduling
  • Customer services, including delivery status reports to the buyers; product sales invoicing
  • Ongoing PAST Training System owner/user support and services
  • Development, maintenance and production of all Owner Documents, as follows:

Shipment Documents:

  • Shipment Description and Information
  • Shipment Packing List
  • Shipment Inspection Requirements and Instructions

Sales Documents:

  • Limited Warranty
  • Sales Terms and Conditions

User Documents:

  • PAST Trainer User’s Manual
  • PAST Trainer Maintenance Instructions
  • PAST Trainer Installation Guide
  • PAST Trainer Hands-On HRET Penetration Training Guide

When we are ready to ship, Flanagan Consulting prepares the Bill of Lading and Packing List, and schedules a freight company to pick up each shipment from the APS Shipping Center for delivery to our customers.  While the shipments are en route, we keep the buyers informed of the delivery status and the estimated delivery date.  It is important for the buyer to know the projected delivery date because they must have a heavy-duty (minimum 6,000 pound) forklift on hand to download their PAST Trainer safely and securely upon delivery.  For that reason we require the freight company to contact the buyer in advance to schedule a delivery appointment.  We require the same for the delivery of replacement panels, although they can be downloaded with a smaller forklift. After delivery, we submit our invoice to the buyer, and provide continuing support and services.

PAST Trainer and Replacement Panel Shipments:

We utilize several freight companies to service our shipments.  We have used the same companies for many years, and they have provided consistently high quality services to us.  We have never experienced any damage during the many years we have shipped our products. For each shipment we request shipping quotes from each of the freight companies, and we select the freight company with the lowest-price quote to service that specific shipment.  Our customers pay the shipping costs so we owe it to them to ensure the shipping price is as low as possible without comprising quality service and timeliness.

Request a Price Quote:

We invite you to request a price quote for the PAST Trainer System or replacement panels, as well as for ARFF consulting services by using the formal request form on our Current Price web page.  For requests for price quotes for products It is important for you to include the shipping address so we can include the shipping and handling price in our price quote.  Our price quotes are valid for approximately 30 days, in spite of the fact that the shipping quotes we receive are typically valid for only one week.  We know the buyer usually cannot process a purchase order in a week, so we assume the risk of the shipping price increasing until we receive the purchase order.

Ask Questions and Request Information:

Also, you may ask questions and request information–other than pricing–using the form on our Contact Us web page, and you are welcome to contact our Sales Team by phone at 402-850-4699 and by email at jimflanaganusa@cox.net.

Manufacturing and Shipping Management:

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Gary Schott manages APS’ manufacturing and shipping functions. APS’ products are manufactured using a just-in-time production schedule in which PAST Trainers are manufactured only in quantities needed to fulfill expected near-term orders. There is limited storage space for Trainers so only those which are being readied for shipment are in the APS Shipping Center, located in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  However, aluminum penetration panels are manufactured in large quantities and stored as inventory in the APS Shipping Center readily available for shipment on fairly short notice.   When we receive purchase orders for PAST Trainers or replacement aluminum panels, we configure the shipments with the specific products that fulfill the orders.  Then we further prepare them to be shipped. For Trainer orders we construct a wooden platform within and attached to the I-Beams of the Trainer on which we secure the spare aluminum panels ordered.  This adds weight, but not size to our shipments, and the freight companies charge us–not by the weight of the shipment–but by the volume of space it occupies on their Pup trailers. So we reduce the shipping cost by doing this. Orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are usually shipped within four to six weeks following our receipt of the purchase order.  However, when customers lets us know in advance of exactly what they are ordering, that enables us to begin the shipment preparation process earlier, and sometimes allows us to ship as early as within seven work days after receiving the purchase order.  These photos show a PAST Trainer configured with two sets (boxes) of spare aluminum penetration panels and a Foundation Anchor System, and the wooden platform on which they are mounted.  The Trainer is shown lying on its back, which is the way it is shipped.

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Headquarters Offices:

The headquarters offices of Airport Professional Services and Schott Enterprises (see below) are both located in Bellevue, Nebraska.  Dottie Schott, Vice President of both companies, manages the financial and accounting functions at that location.

The headquarters office of Flanagan Consulting, LLC  is also located in Bellevue, Nebraska, and all of Flanagan Consulting’s business management and services functions are performed at that location.

Schott Enterprises, LLC:

Gary Schott also owns Schott Enterprises, LLC, a property management company.  Because Plattsmouth, Nebraska has proven to be a business-friendly community, he chose to locate the essential functions of both of his companies there.  Therefore, both the APS Shipping Center and the Schott Enterprises business facility are co-located in a property he owns in Plattsmouth.  Schott Enterprises’  function is leasing industrial space in the Omaha, Nebraska area. The website address is www.SchottEnterprises.com.

Aronia Berry and Vegetable Produce Enterprise:

Gary Schott is also in the process of establishing an Aronia berry and vegetable production enterprise. He is currently growing Aronia berries and vegetables on agricultural land he owns in Plattsmouth.  As an active member of the North American Aronia Berry CO-OP, and utilizing produce-distribution space in a Schott Enterprise building, he has begun distributing Aronia berries to other locations in the United States as part of the CO-OP.  This is a rapidly-emerging agricultural industry in the United States, although is it much more widely developed in Europe.  Once he fully develops all aspects of this enterprise, he will formally incorporate it as a separate, fully functioning business entity.

Significant FAA Documents Relating to the High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) and the Penetration Aircraft Skin Trainer (PAST Trainer):