Innotech Grows To Match Demand
Innotech-Execaire (Booth No. N5915), in the aviation services business for more than 50 years, is investing in the expansion of both its Montreal and Toronto facilities “to support growing customer requirements,” said the company.
Construction will begin this year on Innotech’s 29,000-sq-ft hangar extension at the 180,000-sq-ft facility at Montréal-Trudeau Airport in Dorval, Quebec. The new hangar will accommodate two aircraft the size of Bombardier’s new Global 7000 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012.
The new facility is part of Innotech’s business plan to support year-over-year growth, which president Kirk Rowe believes will hit 12 percent this year.
Innotech has also recently opened newly renovated and modernized customer areas in Montreal and Toronto. The renovated facilities feature new customer offices, high-tech conference rooms, welcoming reception areas and sit-down lounges. The lounge renovation at the Toronto facility also supports Innotech’s Cessna Aircraft sales team, along with Toronto-based aircraft management customers.
Also a growth area is Innotech Aviation’s maintenance, cabin completion and refurbishment, paint and avionics services for a range of aircraft, in particular Bombardier’s Global business jet platforms.
According to Innotech director of sales and marketing Tony Rawlinson, there are more than 400 aircraft of Bombardier’s Global family in service worldwide, and those delivered in the late 1990s are coming due for an 8C/10-year major inspection. Innotech, he added, is now seeing these early Globals being booked for inspection, as well as other work such as cabin refurbishment, almost a year in advance.
With Innotech’s Montreal facilities located in the same “aerospace cluster” as Bombardier, a Rolls-Royce engine maintenance and overhaul center and landing gear specialist Messier Dowty, “Innotech can deliver faster service than any other competitor,” Rawlinson said. “In fact, our average downtime for a Global 10-year inspection is an industry-leading 56 days.”
Also on the same site is Innotech’s 41,000-sq-ft paint prep and application facility, which Rawlinson noted has been running at full capacity since it opened in 2008.
Here at NBAA ‘11, Innotech announced that Esoteric’s SkyPad wireless inflight entertainment system app is now available for download at the Apple App Store. The new app allows users of Innotech’s I-ku broadband system to employ their own personal iPads as the controller of the SkyPad cabin entertainment system.
Previously, they had to use custom-configured iPads with the SkyPad system installed, explained Innotech Aviation managing director Rob Brooks. “Now, all the user needs to do is download the SkyPad app into his personal iPad to enjoy the same control and content. It’s made a simple system even simpler.”