Canada’s Innotech Aviation, Bombardier specialist and full-service MRO and charter management company, arrives at NBAA 2018 with a message after a recent internal restructuring and re-focusing of operations: “We’re a diversified group with unique insights into the Bombardier Global Express, and we want to let the industry know we’re active, we’re open for business, and we’re looking for opportunities,” said Frank Ercolanese, v-p of sales and marketing, Innotech-Execaire.
Not that Innotech had been waiting for the phone to ring, having recently completed more than half a dozen projects on Bombardier Challengers and Globals, including softgoods replacement and a wood refinish in conjunction with a 48-month inspection on a CL604; a refurbishment and cabinet refinishing on one Global 5000; and new exterior paint on another.
Located in the heart of Montreal’s Aerospace Cluster with direct access to the city’s international airport, Innotech’s purpose-built main hangar is more than 180,000 sq ft and its total footprint exceeds 260,000 sq ft.
Execaire, Innotech’s corporate aircraft services offering, includes aircraft sales and acquisitions; flight operations and planning; and MRO services. Execaire operates a fleet of some 47 aircraft—the majority available for charter—valued at close to $350 million. MRO services include aircraft refurbishments and full-service paint. Innotech has a modern paint facility capable of painting all categories of aircraft, including the Global Express. The company said it has painted more than 200 of the 800 or so Globals produced since 1997.
At the convention center, Innotech’s 600-sq-ft display (Booth 509) has comfortable lounge seating for visitors and a conference room for client meetings. In addition to Ercolanese, representatives on hand include company president Michael Fedele; Ray Kuliavas, v-p of aircraft sales and acquisitions; and Joel Bedard, v-p and general manager, aviation services. All are “looking forward to talking with our customers,” and explaining the company’s MRO capabilities to visiting Bombardier operators, Ercolanese said. “We have what I like to call an A-to-Z support capability for anyone looking for full-service solutions or a subset of full-service solutions.”
Innotech also has facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay, Canada. In addition to the benefits of its specialized capabilities, with the current exchange rates with the U.S., “we can be attractive on pricing,” Ercolanese said. “So I think for all those reasons, particularly if the owner is an operator of a Bombardier platform, it makes sense to come north.”