Operators of some posh FBOs sometimes complain that pilots are “looking for Wal-Mart prices.” At Beaver Lake Aviation at Rogers (Ark.) Airport (ROG), that’s exactly what they’ll find. The FBO is a division of the massive retailer and grew out of its corporate flight department. Wal-Mart has a lengthy aviation heritage, with founder (and avid pilot) Sam Walton having traveled the country by air, seeking new store locations.
John Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and a member of the company’s board, died in the crash of his experimental ultralight airplane in June. He was 58. Walton, a medic in the U.S. Army’s Green Berets during the Vietnam War, earned a Silver Star for saving the lives of several members of his unit while under intense enemy fire.