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Cutter Aviation

About Cutter Aviation
Founded in 1928, Cutter Aviation is America's oldest continually family-owned FBO and aviation service company. Cutter Aviation operates at eight major airports in the Southwestern United States. Cutter locations in Arizona (Deer Valley and Phoenix Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Texas (Dallas-Addison, and San Antonio) and Colorado (Colorado Springs) provide a wide range of services to transient and based aircraft including fuel and FBO service, maintenance, avionics, new and pre-owned aircraft sales and charter and aircraft management.
The Phoenix facility is a full-service fixed-base operator, Albuquerque and Colorado Springs provide line service for transient aircraft, and San Antonio and Dallas-Addison provide new and pre-owned aircraft sales as well as maintenance.

Looking Back
Continuously family-owned for eight decades, the company originated as Cutter Flying Service Inc. in Albuquerque. William P. Cutter envisioned a business that would serve the fledgling aviation community and the resulting enterprise exceeded his expectations. The company survived the Great Depression, and at the outbreak of World War II became major pilot training facility for the military. In 1947, the company began its long-standing affiliation with Beech Aircraft Corporation. Since that time the Cutter name became synonymous with major and emerging aircraft brands, ranging from piston singles to light and medium turbine aircraft.

Looking Ahead
Over the years, Cutter has maintained a position of leadership in the general aviation community by consistently expanding its services and its locations. Cutter Aviation, Inc. opened its Phoenix operation in 1959. The Deer Valley facility opened in 1997, San Antonio in 1998, Colorado Springs in 2006 and Dallas-Addison in 2013. Cutter remains strong due to an unwavering commitment to customer service.
Phoenix Deer Valley Airport


UNICOM 122.95

732 W Deer Valley Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85027
United States of America

toll-free 1-800-792-0952
Fax 623-581-1555

Tara Creel-Cesena
General Manager

Simon LaRocca
Line Manager

 NATA Safety 1st   DASSP   CAA Preferred FBO   Phillips 66® Aviation Contract Fuel   World Fuel | Colt Contract Fuel   WingPoints™ Rewards   Crew cars   Go Rentals 
Services, Facilities and Amenities
  • No weather or traffic delays
  • Secure hangars
  • Tie-down space
  • Phillips 66 Jet A, 100LL
  • Catering
  • Discounted Pilot/Crew Hotel Rates
  • Flight planning with WSI weather system
  • Air cargo refueling
  • Pilot lounge with Direct TV
  • Lavatory services
  • Baggage handling
  • Oxygen, nitrogen service
  • GPU available
  • Most major credit cards accepted
  • Complimentary ice and coffee
  • All aircraft fueling capabilities
Aviation fuel services
Brand: Phillips 66
Fueling hours: 24 hours / 7 days
100LL Avgas Full service    $5.99
Jet A Full service    $5.64
Discounts: Receive an additional $0.10 per gallon discount by using a ConocoPhillips Credit Card for your purchase. You will also receive Double WingPoints!
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From Mike Roosevelt on 10-Jun-2018

  I travel to KDVT often and have to say that Paula is the reason for the 5 star rating. She provides 1 stop shopping for all my needs. She is very friendly and professional but I cannot say the same for others I have dealt with there. The others would get a 3 star rating at best.
From Wayne DeCosta on 17-Apr-2018

  The crew at Cutter KDVT is the best! CSRs and linemen can't be beat. They all bend over backwards to make your arrival and departure smooth, easy and enjoyable. Outstanding group of professionals who really care about their customers.
From Rolf Unternaehrer on 03-Apr-2018

  Found this to be a fantastic FBO; Supplied fuel and oil for the plane, then arranged for a motel pickup for us. Great people at the desk; They took good care of us. Highly recommended!
From David Sanders on 27-Mar-2018

  One of the BEST FBOs I have had the privilege of using. Same experience every time whether I need fuel or not. I just email them and fly in. Car is ready, plane is all fueled, and it’s that easy!
From Darek Nowakowski on 25-Feb-2018

  I visit KDVT airport often and my FBO of choice is Cutter. I am impressed with service and attitude of the whole Cutter crew. One can clearly see that management is dedicated to creating culture of customer service. Brilliant!
From Patrick Andrews, CMS, USAF, retired on 25-Oct-2017

  DVT's Cutter is better than a 5 Star Excellent. I've flown more than 250k NM for Angel Flight and AirLifeLine and never experienced the quality of service and considerations afforded by Ms Tara Creel-Cesena's highly skilled, courteous, and professional operation—customer service, line service, and maintenance. Each time and every time, they were "Spot-on." One might be able to find an equal FBO, but never a better FBO. I "salute" the results of the effort to make Cutter the best. I'm retired USAF—I offer the opinion of this very precise an exacting maintenance chief.
From Walter Bailey on 29-Sep-2017

  Simon LaRocca and his crew at Cutter Aviation are first rate. Had multiple offers of assistance upon landing and departure. Had them service the O2 system which was taken care of very professionally. One of the line fellows even snagged the rental car to take it to the return after we loaded the plane. We felt very valued even though we don't burn kerosene.
From Robert Maione on 26-Sep-2017

  I've been to hundreds of FBO's and it's the people who make the experience. I dropped after my radio started breaking up and diverted from PHX. Not in my usual corporate jet but a Cessna 175. From the first person we met to the last there was nothing but smiles and help offered and in a professional manner. They truly set themselves apart from other facilities. I will always use them when in the area and would recommend them to all. They turned a bad day around with their attitudes and helping us with our maintenance problem. Makes you wish you were based there. Keep up the good work.
From Chaz Spires on 25-Feb-2017

  Every time I fly to Cutter Aviation I am greeted with a smile. Whether it is from Molly, Amy, Paula, or Cassidy-Rae. We are always given the treatment as if we are the only aircraft on the ramp. My favorite part is being marshaled in by Karl. He is by far the most positive line guy I have ever encountered. These experiences are the reason we continue to fly into Deer Valley
From Jon Tager on 23-Feb-2017

  I recently returned to Cutter at KDVT, for short-term hangar. Having last hangared with them in January of 2016. What was comforting was that Simon LaRocca is still there, as are several of his young team members that I recall from the previous stay. Simon promptly and efficiently confirmed my hangar arrangements via email weeks ahead of the stay, and it was a genuine pleasure - almost of homecoming of sorts - upon my return. Cutter's KDVT outfit is first-class; they very obviously take great care in how they move the aircraft around, the staff is genuinely friendly and accommodating, and the fuel service is prompt and professional. I will report again towards the end of my stay but Simon and his crew earn top marks from me for now. Highly recommended.
From Gerry Schwartzel on 21-Nov-2016

  Simon was great in arranging a hangar. Staff was very friendly and the ramp crew was ready for me when I arrived and we helpful with unloading the aircraft. Plane was fueled and ready on my date of departure. Great job!!
From John Calhoun on 08-Oct-2016

  These guys are AWESOME from the front dest to the line crew. I stopped in to have breakfast and get fuel. These guys had my windscreen and fuel in place before I ordered the first cup of coffee.... I usually supervise any line attendant as my paint on this plane is VERY expensive. However, no worries with this crew. Great job Richard and his crew.
From Jeff Werley on 19-Apr-2016

  Excellent service provided by Simon, Tara, Molly, et al when we held the NTM Aviation Expo in the Cutter hangar this past January 2016.
From Mitch Januszewski on 09-Apr-2016

  We spent 5 days at DVT in a CJ2, with some intermediate trips. The CSRs, especially Molly, were very friendly and helpful. Line crew efficient and helpful. This is a great FBO and I will definitely be coming back. Also, the have an on site car rental company with some amazing rental choices.
From Tim Newsome on 26-Mar-2016

  First time into Deer Valley. While extremely busy controllers were outstanding and professional. Then the folks at Cutter Aviation were great. From the lady who answered the phone to the line guys everyone was so friendly and helpful. While the fuel was a little pricier than the self-serve the service was fantastic. I will return to both Deer Valley and Cutter Aviation next time I fly into Phoenix area.
From Jon Tager on 03-Mar-2016

  I had dealings with Cutter at KDVT during the period November 2015 through mid-February 2016, primarily around a hangar arrangement. I am a foreign pilot and have had experiences in recent months with a few FBOs at different airports in the Phoenix area and elsewhere. The standards at Cutter's KDVT operation are outstanding and superior to anything I've experienced elsewhere, to date. The level of care exhibited by their hangar and fuel attendants always had me feeling that my aircraft was in safe, caring hands. The ladies I interacted with in the administration office were always courteous and professional. Cutter's new operations manager - Simon LaRocca - whom I was introduced to in January, has taken standards to an even higher level. A consummate professional, tremendously obliging and highly responsive to phone calls and email. I cannot recommend the whole crew over at Cutter highly enough.
From Eddie King on 17-Jan-2016

  Flew into Deer Valley in my C-310 for the National Championship game ---Roll Tide--and these guys set the GOLD standard for service! Everything was ready from the car to all the paper work. All have a positive can-do attitude that makes you feel welcomed in their "house". The prices are reasonable and provide great value for your money. If you are a GA pilot headed that way, use them. Did I say Roll Tide??
From Frank Hill on 28-Dec-2015

  I work for a survey company and we had 5 planes with Cutter for a few weeks. Tara, Mollie O, Molly B and Cassidy as well as all the Linemen did an OUTSTANDING job taking care of us! We were there during the transition when they took over Atlantic's operation and things were a little hectic but service never suffered for it. Carl, Miguel, Rodger, Michael and Tyler always had us out of the hangars and topped off ready to go everyday. They all made us feel like family during our stay.
From Liad Baton, N646SD on 25-Nov-2015

  Flew into KDVT on Nov 21st 2015. Read on AirNav that Cutter is the place to go, so I did. I rented a Hertz car online (via AirNav) as well. On the morning of the flight I got a call from Hertz asking for arrival time and tail number. Once landed Tower pointed me to the Cutter ramp. The ramp guy showed me where to park, and not 30 seconds later my rental car was already parked in front of the airplane, amazing service! The guys tied down the plane (and later towed it into the hangar), helped with the suitcase, just a great experience all over. Ramp fees were waived with fuel which was a very good price, the people at the counter were super nice. Cutter deserves all the good things that are said about them here, thanks guys!
From Linda Cioffi on 12-Oct-2015

  Landed Sept 16 for a short stay. Made the mistake of asking for transient tie-down (awful rusty chains). Called Cutter and they came to my rescue! Towed me to a better tie-down, brought water, and waived night fees with fuel purchase. All made the stay quite pleasant! Would stop there again!
From Kelly Grant on 05-Sep-2015

  Just a great place to park in Phoenix. Delightful staff arranged ground transportation by phone. Had the car on the ramp waiting for me to shut down. Handled all my requests with ease and the whole staff is interested in airplanes. That's rare at larger FBO's.
From James Kenney on 16-Aug-2015

  Add one more to the many great reviews on Cutter Deer Valley. I flew in there yesterday (8/15). There is a heat wave in Phoenix right now so it was about 100 when I landed at 10AM. The follow me car was ready as was my rental, which was brought up right by the plane with the a/c running. The ground crew got us squared away and helped us put the cover on the plane. Of course they also had cold water. Elapsed time from shut down to driving off the tarmac was about 9 minutes. I had originally tried to book my car through Hertz. Don't even bother, they tried to charge me through Monday even through I was only trying to stay through Sunday. I eventually did what I should have done and just called Cutter directly. Took about 1 minute to make the car reservation over the phone. They fill out most of the paperwork for you on the rental, so minimal hassle/delay. Departure experience today was exactly the same. DVT and Cutter are my new go to operations in Phoenix!
From Patrick Kane on 21-Jul-2015

  Excellent overnight at Cutter last week! Great service, everything requested was arranged, helpful CSR and line staff. My goto FBO for Phoenix.
From Paul D Parrott on 17-Jul-2015

  I fly in and out of Deer Valley weekly. Cutter is fantastic and makes the weekly experience enjoyable. Their staff is outstanding, customer service impeccable, professionalism is as good as it gets. I highly recommend them. Thank you Molly, Cassidy Rae, Carl and John and many others for taking great care of me.
From Craig Groff on 12-Jul-2015

  I will use Cutter next time we fly here! Great experience! I definitely recommend them!
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