Cascade Aerospace

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C130s in Hangar

Cascade Aerospace Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada is a Canadian speciality aerospace and defence contractor focused on providing long-term integrated aircraft support programs for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), military, government and commercial customers. Cascade Aerospace is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). Cascade Aerospace was acquired by the IMP Group in December 2012.

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Cascade Aerospace is headquartered in a 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) facility at the Abbotsford International Airport, in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The facility was built in 2000 and is designed and equipped to accommodate eight narrow-body aircraft. Cascade Aerospace also has a satellite operation in Trenton, Ontario on the Canadian Forces Base.

History[edit]

Cascade Aerospace Inc. began as a vision to build a world-class airplane repair station. The dream that inspired the vision began with Barry Marsden, Cascade's founder who got his pilot's license at 17 and thus began a lifelong relationship with machines that fly. Marsden's love of flying led him to co-found Conair Group, a specialty aviation services firm, in 1969.

Conair's initial focus was aerial forest fire control. The experience acquired in developing specialty aviation products and operating and maintaining a fleet of 90 aircraft gave Conair the expertise required to offer third-party maintenance and modifications. That expertise inspired a more expansive vision. By 1993, Marsden, forward thinking about aviation - envisioned a new enterprise dedicated to providing third-party maintenance. That vision became a reality when Conair moved into a new, state-of-the-art, 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) facility in December 2000. In spring 2001, the third-party maintenance division became a separate company with a new name: Cascade Aerospace.

The passion and foresight that the founders brought to Cascade attracted other skilled and dedicated people to the company. The leadership team continued to diversify the company - entering into the military realm in 2005 when the company won its first contract with Canada's Department of National Defence for the total fleet management of Canada's fleet of Lockheed C-130 Hercules tactical airlift aircraft. Today, Cascade Aerospace offers its services and products to aircraft operators around the world, and is partnered with some of the most respected OEMs in the global aerospace business.

In 2010, Cascade had won the contract for in-service support contract for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s new CC-130J Super Hercules. In 2013, Cascade won the contract worth up to $225 million for long-term maintenance services on the planes, the government announced Thursday. The contract is for work on Canada’s CC-130H Hercules fleet’s avionics system This newest contract bundles several smaller ones under a broader framework, making Cascade Aerospace the prime service provider for various elements of the aircraft’s avionics systems. These elements include program management as well as engineering, maintenance, materiel and technical information support.

Cascade Aerospace has been in a labour dispute with its union, UNIFOR Local 114, since June 4, 2014.

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