Our History

SevenBar Aviation began in 1947, with the goal of providing aviation services to a broad range of industries.

In the 1970s, we decided to focus on finding better, more innovative ways to deliver air medical flight services. We began flying for hospitals in New Mexico in the late 1970s, and in the mid-1990s, we moved our headquarters to Dallas, with the goal of expanding our service capabilities and better serving the air medical community.

It’s been a rewarding ride, and we’re proud of the difference we’ve been able to make in the lives of the clients and patients we serve. In the years ahead, SevenBar Aviation will continue to bring our brand of responsiveness to more healthcare providers, and actively reach out to more organizations at the local, state, and national levels and beyond.

Over the years, SevenBar Aviation has developed ongoing relationships with leading healthcare organizations across the country. Although we’ve grown considerably, we still maintain the service, responsiveness and emphasis on long-term relationships you’d expect from a family-owned business. And along the way, we’ve assembled an outstanding team that embrace our commitment to raising the bar for our industry, and continually taking service and responsiveness to new heights.

  • Timeline:

    A lot has changed since we first took to the air in the 1940’s – our people, our planes, even our location. But some things remain the same. We love flying. We take a true concern for our customer. And first and foremost, safety is our top priority.

  • 1947


    SevenBar Flying Service was incorporated in 1947. There were two dirt runways, and the company offered flight training, tie-down and fuel. This is the Luscombe Silvare N 1585K, the first airplane purchased by SevenBar for flight training.

  • 1953


    The first T-hangars were constructed. Here is a DC3 landing at Alameda Airport that same year.

  • 1956


    The first maintenance shop was built, and maintenance services were offered for the first time. Pictured here is Al Matthew, an early SevenBar Aviation employee.

  • 1963


    The first paint hangar was constructed. Here is a plane painted and reupholstered by Rolfe Black.

  • 1969


    Rolfe Black became president of the company. Rolfe is giving instructions to Ms. Dudley Price next to a Cessna.

  • 1973


    SevenBar Flying Service offered Jet A fuel for the first time. Here is the crew waiting to give the next plane some first-class TLC.

  • 1976


    A new office building was built. The new building housed sales, bookkeeping, flight department, and dispatch offices. There was also a pilot’s lounge and an employee lounge, and the parts department was expanded. This is an early outdoor board advertisement for SevenBar.

  • 1982


    SevenBar bought Sun Valley Aviation, the existing FBO at Friedman Memorial Airport, near Sun Valley, Idaho. Early photo at Sun Valley.

  • 1987


    Alameda Airport, on the Black family ranch, officially closed after 40 years of operation. SevenBar Flying Service built a new facility in the general aviation area at Albuquerque International Airport, and moved all operations to that location.

  • 1993


    SevenBar company headquarters moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Dallas, Texas, when Rolfe’s son, Wade, became president of the company. Air medical services were established in the Dallas area, as well as charter operations.

  • 1995


    October – SB Air & Lifeguard was awarded the Association of Air Medical Services Fixed Wing Safety Award for outstanding operational safety in the field of air medical transportation. Here, a plane is retrofitted with emergency medical equipment.

  • 1997


    SevenBar celebrated its 50th anniversary. By this time, SevenBar had become the fixed-wing transport provider for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

  • 1999


    SevenBar acquired Four Corners Aviation, which had been in existence since 1953 at Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico. December – SevenBar’s new facility at Dallas Love Field Airport was opened. The facility serves as a base for all air medical operations in the Dallas area.

  • 2001


    SevenBar launched its fractional aircraft ownership program, Ascend, further expanding SevenBar’s aviation services offerings in the Southwest.

  • 2004


    SevenBar broke ground on the new facility at Sun Valley. SevenBar became the fixed-wing air medical transport provider for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

  • 2005


    SevenBar celebrated the grand opening of the new Sun Valley Aviation. SevenBar became the fixed wing air medical transport provider for Vanderbilt University LifeFlight.

  • 2007


    SevenBar celebrated its 60th anniversary.

  • 2008


    SevenBar’s three FBOs at ABQ, FMN, and SUN, were acquired by Atlantic Aviation. All locations now operate under the Atlantic Aviation name and can be found on the internet at www.atlanticaviation.com.

  • 2010


    SevenBar Aviation began to prepare to add rotor wing operations to their service offerings.

  • 2011


    The Federal Aviation Administration Safety Management Systems Program accepted SevenBar into the program.

  • 2013


    SevenBar Aviation began recruitment efforts to strengthen the leadership team by hiring the Director of Safety and recruiting well respected air medical professionals to join the team.

  • 2014


    SevenBar Aviation was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for our commitment to safety by achieving Level 2 status in their Safety Management System (SMS) “Pilot Project.” When this program was retired in August 2014, SevenBar transitioned to the newly created SMS Voluntary Program in which we are recognized as an “Active Participant.” This status documents our ongoing effort to be recognized as in “Active Conformance” with the SMS standard as judged by the regulator.

  • 2015


    SevenBar Aviation launched it's first rotor wing contract and partnered with LifeFlight of Maine for rotor wing services in April, 2015. At that time, both twin-engine Agusta109E helicopters were transitioned to the SevenBar Aviation Part 135 Certificate. LifeFlight of Maine is one of the busiest rotor wing programs in the country and provides life saving services to hundreds of citizens across the state every year.

  • 2016


    In March of 2016, SevenBar Aviation partnered with the University of Virginia Health System and became their air medical operator for rotor wing operations. The Pegasus critical care transport program currently flies a twin-engine Agusta 109E aircraft and is a well respected and established hospital based transport program.

  • 2016


    Later that same year, SevenBar Aviation added another rotor wing program- Lifeguard Air Emergency Services. Having had a long standing relationship with UNMH, the rotor wing service was a complimentary adjunct to the existing fixed wing program. Lifeguard flies an Agusta 119Kx helicopter and services the patients and citizens across New Mexico.

  • 2017


    SevenBar Aviation celebrated 70 years of service! With nearly 100 employees, SevenBar Aviation has grown its geographic footprint and continues to add aircraft and services to its fleet. In mid 2017, the Life Flight of Maine program added their third rotor wing base in Sanford, Maine.