BC Industry News

Viking Air announces Twin Otter sale and production milestone at Farnborough Airshow

July 13, 2016

Viking Air of Victoria, BC, and Tara Air of Kathmandu, Nepal, have signed an agreement for delivery of three Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft between September 2016 and early 2017. To learn more, click here. Viking Air also announced that its 100th production Series 400 Twin Otter has been completed and delivered to Viking’s sister company, Pacific Sky Aviation, to be utilized as a factory demonstrator. To learn more, click here.  

AIAC Pacific Congratulates B.C.’s Viking Air on Acquiring Amphibious Waterbomber Program

June 20, 2016

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Pacific Division (AIAC Pacific), congratulated Victoria, B.C.-based Viking Air on acquiring the worldwide CL-415 waterbomber program from Bombardier. The transaction will see Viking acquire the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for all variants of Bombardier’s amphibious aircraft (the CL-415 waterbomber as well as the earlier CL-215 and CL-215T versions), and assume responsibility for product support, parts and service for the fleet of some 170 waterbombers operating in 11 countries around the world. Viking announced that the acquisition will add up to 40 people to its workforce in BC and Alberta. To read Viking Air’s news release, click here. To read Bombardier’s news release, click here.    

MDA names new President and CEO

May 4, 2016

Howard L. Lance has been named MDA’s President and CEO, effective May 16, 2016. Lance succeeds Daniel Freedman who served as MDA’s CEO since 1995.

AIAC Pacific Congratulates B.C.’s Heli-One on Securing Significant International Contracts

April 26, 2016

Vancouver, B.C. – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Pacific Division (AIAC Pacific), today congratulated Delta, B.C.-based Heli-One on securing a US$8 million contract to refurbish two helicopters for His Majesty, the Sultan of Johor. Johor is located in the south of peninsular Malaysia adjacent to Singapore, and is the countries third largest contributor to GDP. Yesterday’s announcement represents Heli-One’s second Malaysian contract signing this month – the other being an agreement to upgrade the S-61 helicopter fleet for the Royal Malaysia Air Force in partnership with AIROD, Malaysia’s leading aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. The contract involves installing new glass cockpits in two Sikorsky S-76 helicopters owned by His Majesty. The contract was concluded during the Sultan’s recent visit to B.C., which included tours of a number of world-class B.C. aerospace facilities. Heli-One is headquartered in Delta, B.C. where the company operates out of a 200,000 sq. ft. facility and employs approximately 250 people. “Heli-One’s contracts with the Royal Malaysia Air Force and the Sultan of Johor speaks to the world-class aerospace capabilities that exist in British Columbia and are proof that B.C.’s aerospace industry can win business anywhere in the world,” said AIAC President and CEO, Jim Quick.  “This announcement is further proof that together with the provincial government, AIAC Pacific is on the right track to developing new aerospace capacity and capability in B.C.” About AIAC: AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 172,000 Canadians. AIAC represents the interests of over 700 aerospace companies across Canada. About AIAC Pacific: In early 2014, AIAC created AIAC Pacific with a mandate to promote and develop aerospace business in B.C. by acting as an advocate and facilitator for its members with industry and government. AIAC Pacific speaks with a cohesive voice for the industry; it provides access for B.C. companies to national and international programs; and aims to develop a strong relationship with the provincial government. AIAC Pacific has a unique relationship with AIAC in that it is the only provincial entity managed by the AIAC. Through this relationship, AIAC Pacific is able to leverage participation in national and international programs designed to enhance business development, investment and global competitiveness. Media contacts: Kristen VanderHoek Director of Communications Aerospace Industries Association of Canada 613 232-4297 x225 kvanderhoek@aiac.ca Mike Mueller Vice President, Operations and Communications AIAC Pacific Cell (604) 655-3566 mmueller@aiac.ca

BC Lieutenant Governor encourages females to explore unusual possibilities

January 24, 2016

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is excited to share her passion for aviation and inspire female future leaders in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence at The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! 2016. “I am delighted to participate for a second year in The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!” said the Lieutenant Governor. “There are no limits to the opportunities girls and young women can pursue. I encourage them to explore aviation as an option and this event is a wonderful place to start.” On March 12-13, 2016 more than 15,000 participants from around BC and beyond are expected at the Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford, BC for the largest outreach event of its kind. The event aims to address gender and cultural diversity in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence.  Most of the target audience have no experience with, or exposure to, these industries. Free flights are offered to female first-time fliers to draw females of all ages to the airport and pique their interest in further exploring the hands-on ground activities. Advance registration is required for the free flights: www.girlsfly2.ca. As well, all participants are encouraged to try their hand at many aviation, aerospace, marine and defence activities. Civilian and non-civilian agencies and VIPs will be on hand with aircraft and ground support/tactical vehicles to explore. The event is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend. No registration is required for the ground activities. The events are completely free to ensure no barriers to participation. This is made possible thanks to the generous support of industry and community partners such as The University of the Fraser Valley; Teck Construction; Government of British Columbia,Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training; Abbotsford International Airport andVancouver Airport Authority. The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! events are part of an outreach initiative founded by BC pilotKirsten Brazier in 2012. Events are held annually during the week of International Women’s Day and in celebration of past, present and future women in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence. Events organized by The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! have won several international awards and already set three world precedents as the largest single outreach event of their kind. Despite the best recruiting and retention efforts of many, the number of women in technical and top executive/command areas in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence remains appallingly low. Out of 24,505 professional pilots in Canada, only 5.5% of them are women.  Out of 19,601 aircraft engineers, only 2.8% of them are women.  Less than 3% of the technical/top command positions in the Canadian Forces are women. From the numbers it would be tempting to conclude that women are either uninterested or unwelcome in these fields. Instead, studies have shown that a common perception persists that aviation, aerospace, marine and defence are industries reserved for men.  From an early age, male and female alike are affected by this perception message, which is continually reinforced by observation (lack of change), media, social media and advertising. The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! employs a hands-on approach to capture the interest and attention of the missing female demographic.  “From shop floor to top floor, we’re inspiring future leaders!” says Kirsten Brazier, Founder. Brazier is a professional pilot from the Lower Mainland, BC and she holds Airline Transport Ratings for both aeroplanes and helicopters.  With over 20 years of flying experience, Brazier has enjoyed a diverse career flying across Canada, US and the Caribbean on wheels, floats, skis and skids as well as two-crew operations in both aeroplanes and helicopters.

MTU Maintenance Canada looks back at successful accessory repair ramp-up

January 11, 2016

Three years after the opening of the Accessory Repair Center (A.R.C.), MTU Maintenance Canada, is satisfied with the development of its business for accessory repair and Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) management. The company, an affiliate of one of the world’s leading engine maintenance providers, has managed to increase revenues by 48 percent to 40 million US dollars since 2012 and has won a number of new customers. In 2015 alone, MTU Maintenance Canada signed several long-term contracts at a total value of 26 million US dollars. “MTU Maintenance Canada’s accessory business is on a very good track, and we are confident that we will achieve our goal for 2020”, said Dan Watson, Chief Commercial Officer at MTU Maintenance Canada. “We expect our revenues to increase around 50 percent in the next five years. While we continue to support the MTU’s network of engine MRO facilities, the growth is also a result of our successful development of component repair capability and supply chain tools for airlines around the globe.” Accessories and LRUs include parts that do not directly form part of the core engine, but are necessary to sustain its operation. As a one-stop shop provider, they are becoming increasingly important in MTU Maintenance Canada’s services portfolio. The A.R.C. was founded in a move to offer customers a broader range of MRO services under MTU’s Total Engine Care (TEC®) concept.  With the aim to lower the operating costs of its customers, the facility, co-located with MTU Maintenance’s engine MRO location at the Vancouver International Airport, offers a wide range of internal accessory repair capabilities that can be accessed directly. Employees at the A.R.C. at the MTU Maintenance Canada site.