lyc15009_rebuiltoffer_440x100

KF Aerospace Expands

KF Aerospace will undergo major expansion in Kelowna

KF Aerospace will hire 90 employees in coming months to cover a major expansion in its maintenance and cargo conversion business.

The company has signed a deal with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. which holds the engineering rights for installing cargo doors on Boeing 737-400 and 800 passenger aircraft as well as MD80 and CRJ models. The Kelowna-based KF Aerospace will do the conversions on AEI’s behalf.

KF Aerospace also won a contract from Vx Capital to do conversions on up to 19 737s owned by Vx Capital.

“Even better, we still have a few other announcements pending over the next few weeks – all good news,” said Grant Stevens, KF Aerospace’s director of human resources.

KF Aerospace fell on hard times two years ago when it lost the contract to carry freight for Canada Post and Purolator. The company refocused on its maintenance business and earned deals to convert WestJet airliners from seatback televisions to online entertainment systems.

As part of the expansion, the company is building a new hangar at Kelowna International Airport.

KF Aerospace Expands

KF Aerospace will hire 90 employees in coming months to cover a major expansion in its maintenance and cargo conversion business. The company has signed a deal with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. which holds the engineering rights for installing cargo doors on Boeing 737-400 and 800 passenger aircraft as well as MD80 and CRJ models. The
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Hawk One For Sale

Vintage Wings of Canada is selling Hawk One, its Canadair MK-V Sabre that has been used as an air demonstration aircraft since 2009. The airplane was originally restored as a tribute to the centennial of powered flight in Canada in 2009. Vintage Wings has flown the aircraft at air shows in the intervening years but
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

17 WOAW Events in Canada

Canadian volunteers staged 17 events in the annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week in early March as part of a global effort to expose women to aviation. A total of 53,000 girls and women at 148 events all over the world jumped at the opportunity to visit local industry facilities, attend multi-faceted events, meet female
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Ghost Plane Crash Likely Suicide

Authorities are now calling the mysterious crash of a pilotless Cessna 172 in Northern Ontario a suspected suicide. The University of Michigan, which owned the aircraft, issued a statement Wednesday saying the ghost flight and crash “likely were an act of self harm” by Xin Rong, a PhD student at the university who rented the
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Drunk Pilot ‘Ashamed’

The Sunwing pilot who passed out in the cockpit of the Boeing 737  he was supposed to command to Mexico last New Year’s Eve has pleaded guilty to having care and control of an aircraft while impaired. “I can’t even describe how ashamed I am,” Miroslav Gronych told a Calgary court. “My kids will be punished
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Crash Pilot Ignored ATC Calls

Investigators in Montreal say air traffic control tapes show one of the pilots involved in a midair collision last Friday didn’t respond to at least four attempts by ATC to raise him on the radio. Two Cessna 152s owned by Cargair at St-Hubert Airport and being flown by Chinese students collided above a busy shopping
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

High Flight Poet Honoured

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has named John Gillespie Magee Jr. as its Honorary Poet. Magee was a 19-year-old RCAF Spitfire pilot in 1941 when he penned “High Flight,” an oft-spoken sonnet that has become the go-to passage when tributes to fallen pilots are in order. Magee wrote the passage about a month before he
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Canadian Replica Biplanes Honor Vimy

Seven replica biplanes of the type flown by Canadian pilots over the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago were to be in France Thursday as Canada gets ready to mark a turning point in its history. The four seven/eighths scale Nieuport 11s, an SE-5 and two full-scale Sopwith Pups will represent the aerial war
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Helicopter Circumnavigation Eyed

A father and son team from Ontario will fly a state-of-the-art Bell 429 helicopter around the world starting July 1. Bob Dengler and his son Steven announced the flight Wednesday and said it will be the first time a Canadian crew has flown around the world in a helicopter and the first time a father
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

$23,000 Raised For Instructor

A GoFundMe campaign launched two weeks ago to benefit an injured Victoria flight instructor has reached almost a quarter of its goal. The online fundraiser for Kristen Ursel totalled $23,000 by Wednesday with a goal of $100,000. Ursel, a single mother who is an instructor with the Victoria Flying Club, was paralyzed in a training
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Breitling Launches DC-3 Tour

An iconic DC-3 will become the oldest aircraft to fly around the world this year and it will make a stop in Toronto Breitling’s DC-3 is 77 years old and took off from Geneva March 9, the 77th anniversary of its first flight. The aircraft will be in Toronto Aug. 16-17 after going through Europe,
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Youth Movement

A Prescott, Ontario woman has become the youngest female Boeing 737 pilot in Canada after she took the right seat of a Sunwing aircraft earlier this year at just 22. Siobhan O’Hanlon was among a graduating class from the University of Waterloo to benefit from a partnership with Sunwing. She graduated the program with Bachelor
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Westjet Pays House Repairs

WestJet stepped up immediately to pay for repairs to a Calgary couple’s home that was hit by toilet ice earlier this week. The chunk of ice went through the roof, ceiling and ended up in the basement of the home that Theresa Couch and her husband have shared for 42 years. All of a sudden
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Lucky Rescue in Arctic

Two stranded Nunavut hunters defied incredible odds by catching the attention of a crew member aboard an RCAF aircraft that just happened to be flying overhead. Tyler Amarualik and 15-year-old Eugene Gibbons were with Lloyd Satuqsi when their snowmobile broke down about 40 km from Hall Beach on the northeast coast of Nunavut. Satuqsi set
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Airlines Avoid Alcohol Test Mandate

Canada’s eight largest airlines appear to have headed off mandatory random drug and alcohol testing for flight crews but Transport Minister Marc Garneau has reminded them they’re being watched. After a Sunwing captain passed out drunk in the cockpit of the Boeing 737 he was supposed to command to Regina and Cancun last Dec. 31, Garneau
read more

Posted in News | Leave a comment

You can see a more complete list of our past Front Page Editorials.  Press Here to take a look.