Together with his wife, Sue, Ronald Corrado fulfilled his dream of starting his own aviation business while also juggling a successful career as a cobra pilot and maintenance officer for the United States Army. “Skyword” Aviation, as it was initially spelled, started out primarily as a helicopter business, offering rides, flight instruction, and aerial advertising.
The business is renamed “Skyward” Aviation as the company acquires a Cessna 421 and begins building a charter fleet.
The company reached another growth spurt, acquiring a King Air 90, two 100s, and a 200. Most missions involved air ambulance and organ retrieval.
As the private charter side of the business grew, the company discontinued flying air ambulance and focused on organ retrievals and private passenger flights.
After the devastating events of 9/11, the market saw a huge shift from turbo-prop aircraft to jet aircraft. To keep up with market demands, Skyward changed the entire fleet over to light and mid-sized jet aircraft.
Skyward Aviation owners hired their daughter, Brianna, to run the charter department. With Sue’s father, Bob, working as a jack-of-all-trades since the beginning, the company officially had 3 generations of family working together…and still does!
Skyward Aviation FBO is founded, offering premiere customer service at the Washington County Airport as a full service FBO.
Skyward Aviation acquired two hangars and an aircraft refinishing center at the Wheeling-Ohio County airport in Wheeling, WV, offering custom aircraft interior refurbishment and exterior paint services.
Celebrating 25 years in business, Skyward Aviation has experienced unprecedented growth, acquiring more hangars, new charter contracts, several new aircraft, and key personnel. Future plans include expanding to new locations. As exciting as the company’s 25th anniversary year has been, the best is yet to come!