BC Industry News

AIAC Pacific hosts inaugural meeting of the Canada-China Aerospace Technology Association

November 6, 2018

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – Pacific (AIAC Pacific) was pleased to host the inaugural meeting of the Canada-China Aerospace Technology Association (CCATA) on September 27, 2018 at BCIT’s Aerospace campus in Richmond. The meeting brought together a range of small and medium-sized aerospace organizations to collaborate and explore opportunities in the Chinese market. Yuping Guan of Astrom Aviation presented his vision of CCATA, and how an initiative of this nature can positively contribute to stronger relations between the two countries’ aviation industries. The mission of the CCATA is to assist technology-based Canadian aviation companies in exporting their products and services to the Chinese market. As one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets in the world, China represents a significant opportunity for Canadian companies seeking to expand their business into the global aerospace market. To learn more, contact Taylor Briggs at AIAC Pacific tbriggs@aiac.ca or (604) 652-3324.

Longview Aviation Capital Contracts Cascade Aerospace for Viking Enhanced Aerial Firefighter Conversion Program

September 12, 2018

On August 10, 2018, Longview Aviation Capital of Victoria, in cooperation with Viking Air Limited, signed a contract with Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford to provide training and resources in support of the Viking CL-415EAF (“Enhanced Aerial Firefighter”) Conversion Program. Longview Aviation Capital selected Cascade to provide assistance with the Viking CL-415EAF conversion program in order to leverage Cascade’s previous experience converting nine Canadair CL-215 firefighting aircraft to CL-215T turbine configuration for the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The full news release and contract signing photos are available here.

CARIC and Catpult UK seek participants for Bombardier-sponsored AI innovation challenge

September 12, 2018

The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada – CARIC (CAN) and Digital Catapult (UK) are looking for established start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs or researchers from Canada and the UK to develop and pitch innovative AI solutions that address a core challenge for the aerospace sector, in particular for Bombardier. The challenge is related to a real world problem of icing on aircraft. For information, visit: caric.aero/news/uk-canada-ai-innovation-challenge-open-call/ or contact Dwayne Lucas, CARIC Director for BC and Alberta, dwayne.lucas@caric.aero

MTU Maintenance Canada celebrates 20th anniversary

August 14, 2018

MTU Maintenance Canada, a North American affiliate of German engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines, celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2018 with customers, partners, and employees. The event included a ceremony at the facility as well as a trip to the Abbotsford Airshow. Over the past 20 years, MTU Maintenance Canada has seen over 1,100 engine shop visits. Its Accessory Repair Center of excellence, opened in 2011, completes over 11,000 accessory repairs per year. To read the full news release, click here.

UrtheCast Appoints Don Osborne as Chief Executive Officer

June 20, 2018

On June 19th, UrtheCast Corp. announced the appointment of Donald F. Osborne as Chief Executive Officer. Osborne is a seasoned technology executive, having spent more than 30 years in the satellite, space and defence industries – most recently with MDA. He will assume his role with UrtheCast on July 5th. To read the full news release, click here.

Amandeep Kaler named CEO of Avcorp

May 11, 2018

On April 18, 2018, the Board of Directors of Avcorp Group announced the appointment of Amandeep Kaler as CEO of Avcorp Group. Kaler, previously General Manager of Avcorp’s Delta operations, succeeds Peter George, who resigned as CEO in April. George will remain on the Board as a non-executive member and will chair the executive committee to support the transition of Kaler to the Chief Executive role. To read the full text of Avcorp’s news release, click here.

KF Aero “can’t hire fast enough” – news report

November 23, 2017

In a November 21 report in the Okanagan Edge online business report, Kelowna’s KF Aerospace describes the staffing challenges they’re experiencing as they try to meet current demand. To read the full news story, click here.

Three young leaders in BC’s aerospace and aviation sectors named to Top 20 under 40 list

July 21, 2017

AIAC Pacific congratulates the following three young BC aerospace and aviation industry leaders on being named by Wings and Helicopters magazines to their national Top 20 Under 40 list for 2017: Scott Markwick, Manager, Base Maintenance for Heli-One (Richmond); Dawen Nozdryn-Plotnicki, Director, Advanced Analytics, Boeing Canada (Vancouver); Andrew Persaud, Assistant Chief Pilot, Skylink Express (Vancouver).

MTU Maintenance and Mexico’s Volaris sign 5-year engine accessories contract

July 5, 2017

MTU Maintenance, one of the world’s leading providers of services for commercial aero engines, and Mexican ultra-low-cost airline Volaris have signed an exclusive five-year contract for the management of the carrier’s V2500 engine accessories. Services will be performed at MTU’s Maintenance accessory repair center of excellence in Richmond, BC. Click here to read more.

KF Aerospace wins RCAF maintenance contracts

May 26, 2017

Kelowna’s KF Aerospace has been awarded two Canadian military maintenance contracts. The first is a $21.8-million contract to help maintain the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CC-115 Buffalo search and rescue aircraft for a period of three years. The second contract, valued at $9.6-million, will help maintain the RCAF’s CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft for a period of four years. Both contracts include options for extensions. Media reports on the contract awards can be viewed at: Global News Kelowna Now

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