Following refinancing, the former Canada Air RV company was reorganised. Manufacturing is now undertaken by AC Millennium Corporation, and Sales and Marketing by AirStart Corporation. Research and development is undertaken by ARV Development Corporation. The Griffin is at present available only in North America; research and development continues under the aegis of ARV Development Corporation.
ADVANCED WING TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
Company is division of AWT Holdings Ltd; founded in 1985 by John Hill and Bill Foyle to develop and manufacture an advanced design of wing for retrofit to DHC-2 Beaver bushplane. Present structure of company dates from 1994, when investment for three-stage expansion secured from Grosvenor Square Business Capital Inc. In May 2000, AWT began proceedings for the acquisition of tooling company ADC Engineering Technology Inc of Carson, California.
AWT also overhauls and modifies Beavers at its 2,415 m2 (26,000 sq ft) plant at Richmond, offering floats of greater capacity to take advantage of new Beaver wing; a fuselage stretch; larger cargo door; and an engine upgrade. Total of 24 staff were employed in 2001.
Second phase of AWT's expansion plan was to have involved Canadian assembly of the Colombian El Gavilan EL-1 Gavilan bushplane, of which company acquired Type Certificate. By 2001, however, promotion had switched to similar Australian Gippsland GA-8 Airvan for which initial order for six placed in same year, with deliveries then due to begin in 2002. However, by early 2003 agreement with Gippsland was still not fully in place.
Third phase will be design and production of CA-21 Airwolf, a 3,628 kg (8,000 lb) MTOW utility aircraft, combining a stretched Airvan fuselage, the AWT advanced wing and turboprop engine.
BCP Wheelabrator (BCP) is a Canadian manufacturer of innovative equipment for all applications of surface preparation, including blast cleaning, descaling and shot peening. Their manufacturing facilities are in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
They provide their customers with a full line of equipment, parts, media, aftersale support and training. BCP products can be found in many industries, including steel fabricators, die casters, forge shops, commercial and military aircraft, wire rod and bar, pipe and tubing coaters, rail car builders and reconditioners, shipbuilders and construction and farm equipment manufacturers.
BCP is part of a group that has more than 600 years of combined experience in surface preparation techniques. BCP designs and manufactures a full range of standard and custom wheelblast cleaning, peening and deburring systems. Other capabilities include fully assembled airblast rooms, dust collection systems, equipment modernization packages (EMP), programmable control capabilities, repair parts and extensive technical service support. They have been involved in marketing to Russian industry since 1996 and have sold several Blast and Paint systems to the Russian Ministry of Railways. BCP's team combining strong technical knowledge and an indepth understanding of the Russian market. They look forward to delivering the right product at the right price to the Russian aviation industry.
Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Division of Textron Canada Ltd.)
Memorandum of Understanding to start helicopter industry in Canada signed 7 October 1983; 38,900 m2 (418,725 sq ft) factory opened late 1985 and employs 1,700 people; US civil production of 206B JetRanger transferred to Canada in 1986, 206L LongRanger by early 1987; then 212 in 1988 and 412 in 1989. The 230 was introduced and certified in Canada in 1992, but has been replaced by the 430. Newest products are the 407 and 427. Anout half of each helicopter made in Canada (dynamic systems supplied by Bell Fort Worth). Total of 233 commercial helicopters delivered in 1997, followed by 197 in 1998, 146 in 1999, 145 in 2000, 122 in 2001 and 92 in 2002.
BLUE YONDER AVIATION
Blue Yonder designed the E-Z Flyer in 1991; built under licence by Merlin in USA until bankruptcy of December 1995; production tooling transferred to Canada and manufacture of it (and Merlin GT) resumed; Aerocomp is US agent, although Blue Yonder responsible for global sales. The company has added the E-Z KingCobra to its product line.
Bombardier Aerospace is a world leader in the design, and manufacture of regional, business and amphibious aircraft. Internationally recognized products include the Bombardier CRJ Series family of regional jets, Q Series and Dash 8 regional turboprops, and Global, Challenger and Learjet families of business jets. Bombardier also provides to its customers the Bombardier Flexjet fractional ownership program, aircraft charter and management services, technical support, aircraft maintenance and pilot training. Bombardier Aerospace is a division of US$16 billion Bombardier Inc., a Canadian company specialized in air and rail transportation, with manufacturing in 25 countries worldwide.
CUSTOM FLIGHT COMPONENTS LTD
Custom Flight Components produces the North Star and more basic Bright Star two-seat kitplanes, both modelled on the Piper Super Cub. The North Star wing can also be bought as a separate kit and retrofitted to Piper Super Cub and Aeronca Champ and Bellanca Citabria aircraft. Completions continue at low rate.
Company plans include an eight-seat aircraft to be named Galaxie, as well as four- and six-seat versions of the North Star.
DIAMOND AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
Diamond Aircraft Corporation incorporated 12 January 1992 and established 24,625 m2 (265,000 sq ft) plant at London, Ontario in June 1994, to build DV 20 Katana light aircraft.
An experimental design, the DA 20-B1 (C-GKAT), was completed in June 1996, followed by the DA 20-C1 prototype in February 1997. Series production of the DA 20-C1 is currently under way, augmented from March 2002 onwards by the Diamond DA 40-180 Star (of which an Austrian version is in parallel production by Diamond Aircraft Industries). Workforce stood at 160 in late 2002.
EUROCOPTER CANADA LTD
Started as MBB Helicopter Canada on 30 March 1984, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) now employs 150 people at its 9,290 m2 (100,000 sq ft) facility at Fort Erie. The company holds the world product mandate and design authority for the BO 105 LS A-3 and provides products and services for the complete Eurocopter range, including the new EC 135 and EC 120 B Colibri. Eurocopter Canada is certified for ISO 9001; its production department is certified for AQA P1, JAR 145 and FAR Pt45 requirements; the engineering department makes use of the CATIA design system and is responsible for certification of modidications and repairs for the Eurocopter range. Pilot and engineer training is also carried out by the company and offered as part of the purchase package. Warehouses at Fort Erie, Montreal and Vancouver provide parts support for over 300 Eurocopter helicopters at present operational in Canada and also supply approximately 20 new and used helicopters per year. Previously produced BO 105 LS utility helicopter.
Current activities also involve assembly of the EC 120 B Colibri, AS 350/355 Ecureuil, EC 135, EC 155 and EC 130. Turnover in 1999 was C$62 million, in 2000, C$60 million and in 2001, C$60 million.