Signature Flight Support, the worldwide FBO chain, has opened its first Canadian FBO, at Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The announcement results from a licensing agreement with Starlink Aviation, which is rebranding its existing FBO at Trudeau to operate under the Signature Flight Support name.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) joined Canadian and Quebec government officials in inaugurating the company’s global flight test operations center yesterday at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced that it is cutting 410 jobs and closing its Longueuil plant near Montreal, citing the global slowdown in the aerospace market. It plans to eliminate 250 jobs by year-end and another 160 by the end of next year, when it shuts down the Longueuil facility.
Aero Toy Store finished a 45,000-sq-ft expansion at its FBO in Dorval, Quebec, in late May. The $7.6 million expansion includes a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar and 15,000-sq-ft completions center, complementing the existing FBO terminal and adding capability in Montreal similar to Aero Toy Store’s operation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In Montreal, Aero Toy Store facilities encompass 200,000 sq ft.
Transport Canada announced last month that Montreal Dorval Airport will be officially renamed Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport to honor Canada’s former prime minister. The name change won’t take effect, however, until January 1, and the YUL identifier will be retained. Trudeau, who served as PM from 1968 to 1979 and then again from 1980 to 1984, died from cancer on Sept. 28, 2000, at the age of 80.
Innotech Aviation (Booth No. 8039) has begun construction of a 41,000-sq-ft, two-bay paint facility, scheduled to be up and running by the first quarter of next year. The hangar, on Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International (Dorval) Airport, will be large enough to accept business aircraft such as the Bombardier Global XRS, for which Innotech has been a preferred completion center since 2005.
Hawker 600, Bromont Airport, Montreal, Feb. 21, 2005–Scott Aviation’s Hawker 600 N21SA landed 300 feet left of Runway 5L at Bromont Airport, in the Eastern Townships, near Montreal, and spun around on its belly. Both pilots and a passenger were injured; three passengers were unharmed. The flight was at night and the Unicom operator noted that the runway lights were not working.
Next month Montreal will host the 45th annual Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) convention (June 13 to 15). The static display is to be held at the Skyservice Aviation FBO at Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval) and the event’s seminars and social functions are to be staged at the downtown Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
French-speaking Canadian province Quebec claims to be the world’s sixth-ranking player in aerospace after the U.S., France, the UK, Germany and Japan. But Quebec’s aerospace industry has seen setbacks over the past year, with Montreal-based Bombardier nearly abandoning its C-Series airliner project, suspending production of its 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet and making a poor showing in the 70- to 90-seat segment and the 90- to 100-seat market.
Bombardier signed a series of LOIs last month with the governments of Canada, Quebec and the UK for major manufacturing and assembly sites for its proposed C Series of airliners.