Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced its plan to invest $90 million in the construction of a new flight-test operations center at Montreal Mirabel International Airport. The 164,000-sq-ft facility will feature two bays and will support a range of engines, from turboprops to turbofans producing up to 90,000 pounds of thrust.
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Innotech Aviation of Montreal has begun construction of its new twin-bay aircraft paint facility at Pierre Trudeau International Airport in Dorval. The 41,000-sq-ft facility will accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express XRS.
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.
Aero Toy Store has begun construction on a 45,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The $7.6 million addition includes a 31,000-sq-ft hangar and 14,000-sq-ft completion center. It is scheduled to be finished in December.
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.
Three-month-old interiors, mods and maintenance shop Montreal Jet Center is preparing to accept its first business jet for interior refurbishment and airframe maintenance. Its Trudeau International Airport facility in Quebec is a consortium of aviation companies, including DEM Capital, a specialist in aircraft maintenance and refurbishment, and Elisen Technologies, an aeronautics engineering firm certified as a design approval organization.
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.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Montreal’s Innotech Aviation, a division of IMP Group, a preferred completion center for the Global XRS and Global 5000.
In 1980 Innotech was the first company Bombardier named an authorized service facility for the Challenger. The company is also an authorized service facility and modification center for the Global Express.
The passenger facilities at Canada’s Montréal-Mirabel International Airport are candidates for a $C100 million ($87 million) transformation into an “indoor recreational multiplex” called Rêveport (AeroDream in English), according to Aéroports de Montréal.
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