Airport Management

JB Aviation Management, Inc was founded in 2011 by Justin Cleland and Brian Spiro at Galt Airport. At the time of founding, the business employed three people and owned/operated one airplane. Today, JB Aviation employs more than twenty people, and has a thriving flight school and aircraft maintenance shop.

Under their management, Galt Airport was named Illinois Department of Transportation “Airport of the Year” in 2014 and has been featured nationally in EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine, AOPA’s Flight Training magazine, Air Facts Journal magazine, and many others. Their company promotes airport community, and is successful at delivering thriving business in all facets of aviation.

Galt Airport Campground at Sunset

Airport Management Services

JB Aviation Management provides all services associated with managing the day-to-day operations of an airport. In short, we do it all when it comes to running an airport. JB Aviation Management has been in the airport management business since 2011. We provide an array of services including:

Airport Management Customer-Service

Our Management Team

justin cleland JB Aviation Co-Owner

Justin Cleland

Co-Owner of JB Aviation

Justin Cleland is co-owner of JB Aviation and manager of Galt Airport.He has worked at Galt since 2005, starting as an apprentice mechanic in the Aircraft Maintenance Shop. In 2008, he earned his CFII; immediately teaming-up with a single Cessna 172 to begin the process of revitalizing a stagnant flight school at Galt Airport. At the same time, he also began managing Galt Airport’s day-to-day operations.

Justin has his hands in a little bit of everything at Galt, from flight instructing to snow plowing to managing airport finances, you’ll see him involved in every aspect of airport life.

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Brian Spiro

Co-Owner of JB Aviation

Brian Spiro is an A&P/IA that started working at Galt Airport in 2006 and took over managing the aircraft maintenance shop in 2007. In 2011 he co-founded JB Aviation with Justin Cleland and has been running the maintenance shop and helping maintain the airport ever since. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida and has a private pilot license and an instrument rating. Brian spent a summer as a crew chief for a professional airshow team.

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Rebekah Busse

General Manager

Rebekah attended Minnesota State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and minored in Business, and Recreation Leisure Services. While there, she also earned her private pilot’s license and multi-engine rating.

She first wandered into the FBO at Galt Airport while on summer break in 2009. During the summers of 2009 and 2010 she worked as a line service technician and assisted in the office.

She worked at Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson North Dakota and at Appleton International Airport in Appleton Wisconsin before returning to Galt to begin working for JB Aviation Management in 2013. She is the General Manager of JB Aviation and handles the day to day operations and airport administration.

Upcoming Galt Airport Community Events

Learn why Galt Airport was named Illinois Department of Transportations “Airport of the Year” and join us at our next event.

Private Pilot Ground School

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - February 21 @ 9:00 pm

Meet EAA’s Paul Maloy

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Private Pilot Ground School

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - April 18 @ 9:00 pm

For more information on Galt Airport, weather & airport diagrams, please visit Galt’s website.