KF Centre for Excellence welcomes the arrival of historic wooden Mosquito warplane

The restored WW2 bomber flew from Vancouver (YVR) to Kelowna (YLW) to join the KF Centre for Excellence aircraft collection launching this August.

The restored WW2 bomber flew from Vancouver (YVR) to Kelowna (YLW) to join the KF Centre for Excellence aircraft collection launching this August.
June 30, 2022—Kelowna—KF Aerospace is excited to welcome a wartime legend to the Okanagan Valley. The historic de Havilland 98 Mosquito (VR796), featuring a unique wooden airframe, was flown by pilot Mike Spalding to Kelowna on Thursday, June 30th.

Arriving from Vancouver International Airport, the Mosquito settled into its new home as part of the KF Centre for Excellence aviation museum and conference centre, opening in late August. It is one of 30 Mosquitos remaining worldwide, and one of two currently airworthy.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to give this incredibly legendary aircraft a home in the Okanagan Valley at the KF Centre for Excellence,” says Executive Director, Paula Quinn. “The fascinating story of this aircraft is something that will be shared and appreciated by visitors and community members of all ages.”

Introduced by the RAF in 1941, the Mosquito, affectionately known as ‘Mossie’ was used extensively as an Allied night-fighter against the German Luftwaffe and quickly became one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world, clocking speeds over 640km per hour.

The Mosquito’s original wooden frame is made from BC Sitka Spruce, carefully preserved thanks to a five-year restoration project completed by Victoria Air Maintenance. It was also one of many Mosquitos operated by Spartan Air Services in the 1950’s and 60’s to conduct high altitude aerial cartography missions all over Canada.

“It tells an absolutely amazing Canadian story,” says Quinn. “The aircraft flew around the country for years, mapping out the northernmost reaches of the landscape in a way that was never before possible.”

The Mosquito will be featured as part of an historic aircraft collection at the KF Centre for Excellence, which will include a Hawker Tempest MK2, the Odyssey DC-3 and a Convair CV580 among others.

About the KF Centre for Excellence

The KF Centre for Excellence is a legacy project of KF Aerospace Founder and Owner, Barry Lapointe. Shaped in the form of an aircraft, the state of the art 60,000 sq. ft. mass timber building includes two dedicated hangar wings featuring an historic aircraft collection while the building’s fuselage houses an interactive exhibition that tells the story of aviation in the Okanagan Valley. The building’s second floor features an airfield viewing gallery and conference facilities for businesses and events in the region. Welcoming visitors, residents, schools and businesses, the Centre will promote the advancement of aviation, in Kelowna and beyond.

To learn more visit www.kfcentre.ca

KF Aerospace hosts Career Fair on July 7th

June 22, 2022

Kelowna’s largest private sector employer is hiring for over 100 new positions at its headquarters in Kelowna, BC.

KF Aerospace is opening its hangar doors for a Career Fair on Thursday, July 7th. You’re invited for an exclusive inside look at a variety of career opportunities with KF’s world-leading aviation services.

The open-house event will showcase both skilled trades and entry-level roles including aircraft interior technician, hangar support, customer service and materials coordinator. Human Resources Manager, Susan van Unen says applicants of all backgrounds are welcome. “For our entry level roles, we provide on-the-job training that allows you to work towards a nationally recognized certification,” she says. “If you have a great attitude and are ready to learn and grow with us, we’d love to meet you.”

Okanagan College will be available to introduce prospective students to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) training programs. Guests can also join guided tours of the facility and meet with KF staff to learn about other professional avenues including aerospace engineering, logistics, supply chain, administration and IT.

The company expects to fill over 100 jobs by 2023 to support growing demand for its aircraft maintenance and modification services, says Chief Corporate Services Officer, Grant Stevens. “We are increasing both staffing and hangar space to accommodate our upcoming passenger to freighter conversion program for Boeing and our aircraft leasing division,” he says. Facility expansion projects will add 40,000 sq feet to KF’s Kelowna base this year. An onsite café recently opened, and a YMCA daycare facility for the YLW Airport Campus is also scheduled to open in 2023, with dedicated spaces for KF families.

KF is proud to offer its staff industry competitive wages, a comprehensive employee benefits package with extended medical and dental coverage, paid time-off, career advancement and an annual profit-sharing program.

The KF Aerospace Career Fair takes place from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 7thin KF’s West Hangar at 5650 Aerospace Drive in Kelowna. Free parking will be provided.

About KF Aerospace

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

For 52 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including OEM’s like Boeing; major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair; and the RCAF. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. KF Aerospace is Kelowna’s largest private sector employer with nearly 800 staff in the Okanagan, and over 1,000 staff across Canada.

KF Aerospace is excited to introduce new passenger air charter services, Aeroflyer, for the leisure, tourism and work force transportation markets.

The new charter airline will fly domestic and international passenger programs using a fleet of B737NG aircraft.

April 11, 2022 – KELOWNA — KF Aerospace is excited to introduce new passenger air charter services for the leisure, tourism and work force transportation markets. Based in Western Canada, Aeroflyer will provide domestic and international charter programs using a fleet of B737NG aircraft.

Aeroflyer is a new enterprise from KF Aerospace, Canada’s largest commercial aircraft maintenance provider and an air operator with nearly 50 years of flying experience in passenger and cargo charters. The Aeroflyer Charter Operations Team brings an additional 40 years of expertise with charter aviation programs, offering customers objectivity, product knowledge and value.

The Aeroflyer fleet of B737NG aircraft provides narrow-body capability with superior reliability and operational efficiency, along with a full suite of on-board services including custom catering, and wireless in-flight entertainment powered by Bluebox Aviation Systems.

“We are proud to deliver a premium service dedicated to safety and reliability, backed by seamless support from KF’s world-class aerospace engineering and maintenance divisions,” says Chief Operating Officer, Gregg Evjen. “KF has provided flight operations continuously since 1974 with a high-level of reliability for passenger, cargo and VIP clients. Aeroflyer is a natural extension of this expertise that leverages our multifaceted capabilities. “

With aircraft currently based in Kelowna and Calgary, Aeroflyer will be positioning for growth beyond Western Canada. “In the coming months we plan to expand our fleet across the country to support national and international customers,” says Aeroflyer Charter Operations Manager, Nick Samuel. “We’re excited to provide the market with nimble, responsive and highly efficient charter solutions.”

ABOUT KF AEROFLYER       

Getting you there safely and reliably.

KF Aeroflyer provides a suite of passenger air charter services dedicated to safety, on-time performance, reliability, and comfort. Operating a fleet of B737NG aircraft, Aeroflyer provides domestic and international charter services. Brought to you by KF Aerospace, a Canadian aviation pioneer with nearly 50 years of flying experience in passenger and cargo charters. To learn more visit www.kfaeroflyer.com

ABOUT KF AEROSPACE

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

For 52 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including OEM’s like Boeing; major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair; and the RCAF. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to nearly 1,000 highly skilled employees.

KF has logged over 1 million trips using a fleet of regional, narrow, and widebody aircraft, maintaining a 99% on-time performance, servicing North American and International locations. KF was the first airline to operate the 737NG’s in Canada and has a significant history of passenger operations and milestone achievements in Canadian aviation.

To learn more visit www.kfaero.com

Canada requests proposals for Future Aircrew Training; SkyAlyne to bid

March 1, 2022—Ottawa, ON— The Government of Canada has officially released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program – a next-generation training and in-service support program for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). SkyAlyne – a partnership between Canadian aviation and defence companies CAE and KF Aerospace – is invited to submit a proposal.

FAcT will combine all RCAF pilot, Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO) and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator (AES Op) training in Canada under one umbrella. The contract will be at least 20-years and valued in the billions, making it one of the most significant service contracts ever awarded by the Department of National Defence.

KF Aerospace and CAE currently provide the RCAF with pilot training and support via two separate contracted programs located in Southport, MB, and Moose Jaw, SK/Cold Lake, AB, respectively. The RCAF exclusively trains ACSO and AES Op personnel at 17 Wing Winnipeg, however that training will also integrate into the future contracted program.

“SkyAlyne is ready to leverage the world-leading capabilities from two Canadian-founded companies in CAE and KF Aerospace,” said France Hébert, President of SkyAlyne. “With our full team of strategic partners and our experience in successfully delivering both current RCAF programs— as well as similar programs around the world— SkyAlyne will offer the RCAF an innovative, world-class training solution.”

Bidders for the FAcT contract will be evaluated based on their technical capabilities and ability to deliver maximum value to Canada while enhancing Canadian supply chains, Key Industrial Capabilities, and Indigenous participation.

“Canada will benefit from a truly Canadian solution,” said Tracy Medve, Board Chair of SkyAlyne. “Our Canadian footprint is unmatched, as is our motivation to collaborate with Canada to build a better future in our own backyard.”

SkyAlyne General Manager JD Richard says SkyAlyne will collaborate with its partners on a program that will build on a proud legacy of training military aircrew in Canada and reinvent the future of aircrew training.

“Our mission is to innovate together and to deliver excellence for our service members. By continuing to work alongside our partners in the Canadian government and military, we will ensure Canadian expertise in future aircrew training continues to lead the world for future generations.”

FAcT bidders will now have approximately eight months to complete and submit their proposals. Contract award is expected sometime in 2023.

About SkyAlyne

Truly Canadian Training | SkyAlyne brings together two Canadian companies with unmatched experience and capabilities in delivering innovative pilot and aircrew training in Canada. Currently, CAE and KF Aerospace deliver all phases of pilot training to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) through the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program managed by CAE, and the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) program managed by KF Aerospace. Website🔗.

About Future Aircrew Training (FAcT)

The Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program is the Government of Canada’s next-generation military pilot and aircrew training program, combing all Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot training with aircrew support training. SkyAlyne is a bidder for the FAcT program. Currently, the contract award date is expected in 2023. Website🔗.

KF Aerospace Leases a B737-400SF to Mesa Airlines

The aircraft received a cargo conversion, maintenance and modification program at KF’s MRO in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

March 1, 2022Kelowna—KF Aerospace is excited to announce the delivery of its converted B737-400SF to US-based air carrier, Mesa Airlines.

The aircraft received a complete maintenance program and Passenger to Freighter Conversion at the KF Aerospace MRO in Kelowna, BC. The conversion included the installation of an 11-ft wide hydraulic-powered cargo door kit supplied by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., complete with a new freight interior and cargo loading system.

KF’s Engineering division played a critical role in coordinating a series of modifications required for the customer, which included the completion of a rigorous familiarization with the FAA for operation in the United States, requiring test flights at Moses Lake, Washington.

It is one of three KF-owned B737-400 series passenger aircraft to be converted and leased as cargo aircraft. The other two 400 series are currently providing cargo services in Iceland.

“We are pleased to be delivering another high quality and reliable freighter,” says Bryan Akerstream, Director of Business Development. “The B737-400 provides an economical solution for narrow-body cargo operators, and we see an ongoing demand for the aircraft.”

“KF Aerospace continues to expand its air cargo leasing division with aircraft including the B737-300, B737-400, B737-800, and in 2022 we will introduce our first ATR 72-500 conversion,” says Akerstream.

While on lease with Mesa Airlines, the B737-400 freighter will be based in Cincinnati to support their cargo operations.


About KF Aerospace

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

For 52 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including OEM’s like Boeing; major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair; and the RCAF. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to nearly 1,000 highly skilled employees.

KF currently owns and leases 15 aircraft to operators across North America, including B737-300/400/800 dedicated cargo airframes.

To learn more visit www.kfaero.ca

IcelandAir claims B.C. shop’s faulty maintenance led to landing gear collapse

From CBC News 🔗 link to source story – thanks to JS

Airline claims staff used wrong nut to install gear before incident in 2020

Rhianna Schmunk · CBC News · February 09, 2022

A photo from an interim report issued by the Transport Accident Investigation Board in Iceland shows Iceland Air flight FI529 after its landing gear collapsed at Keflavik International Airport on Feb. 7, 2020. (Transport Accident Investigation Board of Iceland)

Iceland’s national airline has sued an aircraft maintenance company in Kelowna, B.C., claiming the shop bungled the installation of its landing gear before it collapsed during a landing two years ago.

IcelandAir claimed staff at Kelowna Flightcraft used the wrong nut to install the landing gear on a Boeing 757 in late 2019. Several weeks later, the gear broke upon landing at Keflavik International Airport.

“Icelandair claims the main landing gear collapse was caused by the negligence and/or breach of contract of Kelowna Flightcraft,” according to the claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday, nearly two years to the day after the incident.

There were 166 people — 160 passengers and six crew — on board flight FI529 when it arrived in Iceland from Berlin on Feb. 7, 2020. 

The landing gear on the plane’s right side collapsed after hitting the runway, officials said. An interim report from the Icelandic Transport Accident Investigation Board attributed the collapse to a “failure of swivel attachment to main strut.”

Photos from the runway showed the plane came to rest on its engine, tilted over to the right.

No one was hurt. 

Kelowna Flightcraft — also known as KF Aerospace — has not filed a response to the claim in court but sent a statement to CBC News.

“Icelandair is a valued client and KF Aerospace takes pride in providing exceptional service to Icelandair and all of its clients,” wrote Grant Stevens, the company’s chief corporate services officer. 

“Aerospace’s insurers are currently looking into the allegations made against it in the Notice of Civil Claim, but because this matter is now before the courts, it would not be appropriate for KF Aerospace to comment further publicly.”

Landing gear ‘overhaul’

IcelandAir wanted to overhaul the plane’s landing gear before the incident, the lawsuit said.

The airline ordered new landing gear from a manufacturer in Florida in November 2019 and had it shipped to Kelowna Flightcraft for installation.

According to the claim, the manufacturer shipped the gear with a large nut “loosely placed” on a side strut swivel to keep it from being damaged during transit.

A photo from investigators showed the plane’s right main landing gear collapsed behind the right engine after the landing on Feb. 7, 2020. (Transport Accident Investigation Board)

Iceland Air claimed Kelowna Flightcraft used the shipping nut — not the proper one — to fasten the side strut swivel to the main strut, even though, according to the lawsuit, the shipping nut was too big and came with a “caution tag” attached.

Kelowna Flightcraft sent the plane back to Iceland on Jan. 6, 2020.

The airline, which had been doing business with the shop for more than a decade, is claiming costs for damage to the plane and lost revenue.

KF Aerospace Leases a B737-800SF to Chrono Aviation

February 11, 2022

The aircraft was converted from passenger to cargo configuration at KF’s MRO in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

KF Aerospace is excited to announce the delivery of its B737-800SF to airline, Chrono Aviation. It marks KF’s first commercial lease of a B737-800 series freighter aircraft.

KF Aerospace purchased the aircraft in 2021 and performed a full Passenger to Freighter Conversion program at its MRO facility in Kelowna, BC. The conversion included the installation of an 11-ft wide hydraulic-powered cargo door kit supplied by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), complete with a new freight interior and cargo loading system.

It is the first B737-800 cargo door to be installed on a Canadian-registered aircraft using the AEI Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). KF Aerospace initiated the Transport Canada familiarization for this STC, as part of the project.

KF Aerospace Business Development Manager, Bryan Akerstream says it’s an exciting turnkey project for the KF team. “It showcases the multi-faceted capabilities and specialties within our organization, particularly as they relate to the successful completion of such a large and complex modification program,” he says.

“We are very excited with the performance of the KF team and are well positioned to provide B737-800 freighters to our customers for many years to come,” Akerstream says.

KF delivered the aircraft to the customer on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Chrono Aviation is a Quebec-based charter airline providing passenger, cargo and combi services in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.


About KF Aerospace

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

For 52 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including OEM’s like Boeing; major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair; and the RCAF. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to nearly 1,000 highly skilled employees.

KF currently owns and leases 15 aircraft to operators across North America, including B737-300/400/800 dedicated cargo airframes.

To learn more visit www.kfaero.ca

KF Aerospace adopts dentCHECK for its commercial MRO operations

Leading Canadian AMO, KF Aerospace successfully implements dentCHECK at its Kelowna headquarters maintenance facility for better inspection quality and time-savings.

dentCHECK @KF Aerospace

KF Aerospace, a leading Canadian approved maintenance organization (AMO) has begun using 8tree’s dentCHECK to enhance the efficiency and quality of its dent-mapping activities.

“KF performs hundreds of structural repairs annually on a wide variety of commercial aircraft” says Gregg Evjen, Chief Operating Officer, “Implementation of dentCHECK has allowed KF to improve accuracy, accelerate the damage mapping processes, and produce a digital record for our Engineers to utilize as they develop the repairs.”

“We are absolutely thrilled that KF Aero decided on dentCHECK, when they embraced the tool after a rigorous evaluation a couple years ago”, said Arun Chhabra, CEO, 8tree. “They joined the global community of dentCHECK users as the first Canadian firm to do so. Several other Canadian operators have since followed in their footsteps. KF Aero joins the ranks of more than three dozen MROs, airlines and OEMs that use dentCHECK daily to disposition dent-damage on aircraft across the cargo, commercial, business and defense aviation sectors. We look forward to continuing to support KF Aero’s maintenance operations and having them experience 8tree’s exceptional customer service.”

dentCHECK is the world’s only handheld-portable, completely wireless 3D scanner tool with integrated AR that is purpose-built for the aviation maintenance industry. It is now used by the world’s leading commercial, cargo and defense MROs. Delivering real-time ‘go/no-go’ answers at the push of a single-button, the tool significantly reduces damage-mapping and reporting times, compared to traditional manual methods that use depth-gauges and straight-edges.

Approved and recognized by all major aerospace OEMs (Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer), dentCHECK is used by the world’s leading airlines/MROs for fast and accurate damage-mapping and SRM-compliant multi-dent reporting. When compared to traditional inspection methods, dentCHECK delivers a 90% gain in efficiency and 35x better measurement consistency.

OEM-acceptance has led to widespread adoption of dentCHECK amongst airlines/MROs. Detailed case-studies from easyJet, Delta TechOps and TAP-M&E, as well as news from Aeromexico, Airbus’ Flightline, DHL-Express and Zeppelin, demonstrate that dentCHECK drastically reduces inspection and reporting times by up to 90%. This shortens aircraft Turn-around-Time (TaT), which further reduces lost revenues and very directly improves operational efficiency for airlines. dentCHECK enhances safety through an improved understanding of airframe reliability.

About 8tree
“We make precision 3D measurement as simple as taking a photo”
With this vision in mind, 8tree makes 3D optical surface inspection tools that solve chronic problems for multiple industries. 8tree’s products empower every operator – from mechanics on the floor, to engineers in the lab – with instantly actionable precise measurements, portability and performance. With its patented user-centric product design, instant ‘go/no-go’ answers and zero-learning curve, 8tree is committed to making precision 3D scanning more broadly accessible – technically and commercially.

For more information, visit 8-tree.com

About KF Aerospace
We’re all about THE CRAFT.
KF Aerospace celebrates 50 years of innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including major airlines like WestJet, Air Canada, Icelandair and Condor. From our humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by our founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to around 1000 highly skilled employees.

To learn more visit kfaero.ca

Boeing Opening Two New Freighter Conversion Lines at KF Aerospace in Kelowna

(Release via Boeing)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As global demand for freighters continues to soar, Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced plans to add three conversion lines for the market-leading 737-800BCF across North America and Europe. The company also signed a firm order with Icelease for eleven of the freighters as the launch customer for one of the new conversion lines.

In 2022, the company will open one conversion line at Boeing’s London Gatwick Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility, its state-of-the-art hangar in the United Kingdom; and two conversion lines in 2023 at KF Aerospace MRO in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

“Building a diverse and global network of conversion facilities is critical to supporting our customers’ growth and meeting regional demand,” said Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing Converted Freighters. “KF Aerospace and our Boeing teammates at London Gatwick have the infrastructure, capabilities and expertise required to deliver market-leading Boeing Converted Freighters to our customers.”

“We’re very excited to be expanding our relationship with Boeing,” said Gregg Evjen, chief operating officer, KF Aerospace. “We’ve been working with the Boeing product line for more than 30 years. With our cargo conversion experience, our highly skilled workforce and all the technical requirements already in place, we’re ready to get to work and help serve Boeing’s customers.”

For Icelease, which recently expanded its cooperation with Corrum Capital through a joint venture called Carolus Cargo Leasing, the order for eleven 737-800BCF will be their first converted freighter order with Boeing. The lessor will be the launch customer for conversions at Boeing’s London Gatwick MRO facility.

“We are confident in the quality and proven record of Boeing’s 737-800 converted freighter, and pleased to be the launch customer for their new London MRO facility,” said Magnus Stephensen, senior partner at Icelease. “We look forward to bringing the freighter into our fleet to serve our growing global customer base operating domestic and short-haul routes.”

Earlier this year, Boeing announced it would create additional 737-800BCF conversion capacity at several sites, including a third conversion line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO), and two conversion lines in 2022 with a new supplier, Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Costa Rica. Once the new lines become active, Boeing will have conversion sites in North America, Asia and Europe.

Boeing forecasts 1,720 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years to meet demand. Of those, 1,200 will be standard-body conversions, with nearly 20% of that demand coming from European carriers, and 30% coming from North America and Latin America.
The 737-800BCF is the standard body freighter market leader with more than 200 orders and commitments from 19 customers. The 737-800BCF offers higher reliability, lower fuel consumption, lower operating costs per trip and world-class in-service technical support compared to other standard-body freighters.

About Boeing

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity. Learn more at http://www.boeing.com.

About KF Aerospace

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

For over 50 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair. From our humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by our founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to nearly 1,000 highly skilled employees. kfaero.ca

KF Aerospace and Okanagan College hosting career info session for in-demand aviation trades

Rise in e-commerce fueling expansion; career opportunities at Kelowna-based aerospace firm

November 16, 2021Kelowna— KF Aerospace and Okanagan College are hosting a joint virtual information session (Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST) to help prospective career seekers connect with careers in aerospace.

KF Aerospace is forecasting continued heavy demand for skilled trades – particularly for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers – Structures (AME-S). KF Aerospace recently announced major expansions to its hangars at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and a contract with Boeing to add two cargo conversion lines in Kelowna.

“Qualified AME-Structures are in high demand here at KF,” says Gregg Evjen, Chief Operating Officer, KF Aerospace. “Our passenger-to-freighter conversion programs were growing before the pandemic, and that’s only accelerated due to the rapid increase in e-commerce. With a significant new contract lined up that will require even more AME-Structures to be hired here in the Okanagan, this is the perfect time to start your training at Okanagan College and set yourself up for a great career.”

Okanagan College offers a 37-week apprenticeship program for AME-Structures, with the next intake set to commence January 31, 2022, at KF Aerospace’s facility in Kelowna. Graduates are often hired by KF immediately following completion of the program.

“Apprenticeship training gives students the tools for a successful future. Okanagan College is proud to join KF Aerospace to showcase the work of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer –Structures graduates and the heights this partnership will take students and our community,” said Stephen Speers, Dean of Okanagan College Trades and Apprenticeship.

Those interested in participating can register for free online.

About KF Aerospace

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

KF Aerospace celebrates 50 years of innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including major airlines like WestJet, Air Canada, Icelandair and Condor. From our humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by our founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to more than 900 highly skilled employees.