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.