The Tronair Group of Companies
In 1971 Danair was founded by the Dana Corporation flight department. The first products manufactured were towbars for the Learjet, Falcon Jet and Gulfstream GI. Maintaining its focus on the customer, Danair added more product lines to assist customers, including jacks and hydraulic power units and continued to grow until they were sold to Tronco. The company changed its name to Tronair after the acquisition and moved from a 5,000 square foot facility in Maumee, Ohio to its present location a 300,000 square foot facility in Swanton, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio.
Since then Tronair has differentiated itself in the market by offering a diverse and unparalleled range of high-quality GSE product lines. The extensive engineering capabilities and customer collaborations drive innovative solutions that support safe and efficient aircraft ground operations. The Tronair family includes Columbus Jack, DAE, DatcoMedia, Eagle Tugs, and Malabar. Tronair supports its customers with a global network of factory trained and authorized service centers.
ColumbusJACK is part of the Tronair family. Tronair is the premier supplier for ground support equipment offering a diverse and unparalleled GSE product line. The Tronair family includes ColumbusJACK, DatcoMedia, Eagle Tugs, and Malabar. Tronair supports its customers with a global network of factory trained and authorized service centers.
ColumbusJACK/Regent is the largest supplier of hydraulic jacks to the U.S. Defense Department. Our line of ground support equipment has grown to service all kinds of commercial, business and civilian aircraft as well. The company’s products are hard at work at airports and government installations around the world. The need to consistently comply with the tough military standards created a culture of product quality.
Columbus Jack Website
EBIS was born in 1999 when Michael Lentini bought an FBO. Lentini previously had been in the computer business, he immediately started to look for software to run his shop. He was quickly surprised by the limited amount of software out there and how old the technology was. Lentini found out there was nothing out there that did what he wanted – something written for the shop that met all F.A.A. Repair Station requirements.
Over the past 16 years, EBIS has gone through countless improvements including two rewrites that have kept EBIS running on the latest technology. DatcoMedia has continued to update EBIS, and these are included free in the yearly service contract. DatcoMedia also takes user input seriously and are constantly adding features requested by users.
Today, EBIS is used by a wide array of users from multiple location jet centers to engine shops to small single location operations from the United States to Canada to Europe. In addition, EBIS is used at the factory repair stations for Cirrus and Piper.
As the original creator of the Eagle Bobtail Tractor, Eagle Tugs remains the industry standard when it comes to safely transport cargo and luggage to and from aircraft. For over 50 years, we've been designing and perfecting ground support equipment (GSE) you can count on. Our ever-popular Bobtail Tractors offer unmatched towing capacity, high speeds, comfortable cabins and a vehicle lifespan nearly three times as long as other cargo tractors on the market. In addition to this, all of our Eagle Bobtail tow tractors come standard with a 1-year/2,000-hour warranty and our unrivaled factory-direct support. Don't settle for second-rate tow tractors or repurposed industrial tugs. Trust the originators at Eagle Tugs for cargo towing done right.
Eagle Tugs Website
From its founding in 1935, Malabar has been a key supplier of ground support and maintenance equipment for commercial and military aircraft. Malabar’s primary business has been aircraft jacks, including axle jacks for changing aircraft wheels and tires and tripod jacks for in-hangar service of narrow-body and wide-body aircraft. Today, Malabar sells product in over 60 countries around the world and the product line has expanded to include B787 and A350 coolant service carts; hundreds of different types of fluid dispensers, test stands, weigh equipment, strut service equipment, nitrogen/oxygen equipment, wheel/brake equipment, engine stands as well as the spares, service and replacement parts associated with each product line.