GAL Aviation began formal operations in April, focusing on two niche markets in the executive industry with two divisions: GAL Interiors and GAL Technical.
Formerly CAF Aviation Consultants and now part of the GAL Group of Ottawa, the new GAL Aviation is based in Montreal, and some 60 skilled craftsmen will occupy its 40,000-sq-ft facilities in St.-Joseph de Beauce, near Quebec City. “With key financing already in place, we feel the opportunity is there to become an important player in this niche market,” said GAL Aviation president Guy Lapierre, referring to the cabin completion and refurbishment requirements for single- and twin-aisle airliners reconfigured for executive use.
Meanwhile, marketing is already ramping up on an international scale, including discussions with possible partners in the Middle East. The company is also transferring STC approvals from CAF to GAL and “integrating the best of the past to create a new future,” said v-p of sales and business aviation Marc St. Hilaire.
GAL Interiors is responsible for computer-assisted design, engineering, manufacture and certification of cabin components for business and private aircraft, including green or retrofit work. It will focus on galleys, lavatories, cabin lining and monuments and sheet metal and machining departments.
GAL Technical will provide consulting/outsourcing services, and will be responsible for entry-into-service support, maintenance planning and control, technical and project management and associated areas. St. Hilaire emphasized the experience and resources brought from CAF, pointing out, “We’re not new. We’re better.”