About Us

Airport Professional Services (APS) was formed in 2001 as an aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) consulting company.  Our primary purpose was to provide consulting services to airport managers in the development of new ARFF facilities, improvement of established ARFF processes and procedures, and development of ARFF training plans and programs.

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, and fine tuning 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. 

APS is owned and managed 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.

Airport Professional Services’ day-to-day operations are managed by Flanagan Consulting, LLC under contract with APS.  It’s President, James M. (Jim) Flanagan, BBA, functions contractually as the APS Director of Operations.  Flanagan Consulting’s headquarters  is located in Bellevue, Nebraska. Flanagan Consulting manages:

  • 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
  • Development, maintenance and production of all Owner Documents, including the Shipment Description/Packing List, Shipment Inspection Instructions, User’s Manual, Maintenance Instructions, Limited Warranty, Sales Terms and Conditions, PAST Trainer Installation Guide, and the PAST Trainer Hands-On HRET Penetration Training Guide
  • Ongoing PAST Trainer owner/user support and services

We invite you to request a price quote for the PAST Trainer System or 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.  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 us by phone at 402-850-4699 and by email at jimflanaganusa@cox.net.

Gary Schott manages APS’ manufacturing and shipping functions. APS’ products are manufactured in advance in quantities to fulfill expected near-term orders. The products are stored as inventory in the APS Shipping Center, located  in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, waiting to be shipped.   However, because we employ a just-in-time production process, we usually do not have Trainers in inventory for very long. 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 prepare them to be shipped. For Trainer orders we construct a wooden platform within 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 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-serve 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 allows us to ship within one week after receiving the purchase order.

When we are ready to ship, Flanagan Consulting schedules the freight companies to pick up the shipments 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.  We require the freight company to contact the buyer before delivery so they will have the requisite 6,000 pound forklift on hand to download the shipment safely upon delivery.  After delivery, we submit our invoice to the buyer.

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

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

Gary has also in the process of establishing an Aronia berry and vegetable production enterprise. He is currently utilizing produce-processing space in a Schott Enterprise building, and is an active member of an Aronia berry COOP.  Once he fully develops this enterprise, he will incorporate this as a separate business.

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