Field Aviation was originally located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada - established to provide maintenance support to aircraft operators performing aerial survey and mapping operations over Canada’s vast territories. Another area of focus was converting former Canadian military aircraft into planes designed for civil roles.
Soon thereafter, in the mid 1950s, we opened facilities at the international airports in Calgary and Toronto. Our Calgary facility provided maintenance and support to the growing number of aircraft used in oil and gas explorations, while our Toronto facility specialized in taking standard transport aircraft and modifying them for special-purpose applications such as aerial photography and geophysical survey.
Expanding into Aircraft Sales
In the 1950s, Field expanded into sales, becoming the official Canadian sales representative for the Beechcraft Corporation (now Hawker Beechcraft). Since then, we've continued that concentration with the sale of numerous individual aircraft and fleets. Our customers range from private owners, flight training establishments and commercial operators and corporations, to provincial and federal government agencies including Transport Canada, The RCMP and Department of National Defense.
Each decade has brought new capabilities for Field. Throughout the 70s and 80s, we became internationally recognized as the foremost expert in reclaiming and repairing accident-damaged aircraft - performing salvage operations on every continent from Canada's high Arctic to South America and Africa. In the 90s, our innovative aeronautical engineering capabilities came to the forefront through the design and installation of fire-fighting systems for both land-based and amphibious aircraft.
Aircraft Modification Becomes Our Cornerstone
Our capabilities were soon expanded by taking our Aircraft Modification services to the next level - delivering a range of restorations, cargo conversions and interior reconfigurations, as well as major airframe inspections and complete aircraft painting.
Modifications now comprise a majority of our business, a niche that has increasingly become an imperative in our industry. By providing upgrades and conversions to all types of operators, we help them enhance their aircraft productivity, keep up with new technology and adapt to changes in the regulatory environment.
Parts Manufacturing Rounds Out Our Capabilities
Field Aviation began parts manufacturing in 1989, with a focus on supporting the out-of-production de Havilland Caribou (C4) and Buffalo (C5) aircraft. Today, we manufacture airframe parts and accessories for current-production aircraft including the Bombardier Dash 8 Q 400 and the new Viking Twin Otter 400. We also continue to support numerous out-of-production aircraft by manufacturing hard-to-find parts and specializing in one-off components. Plus, as an accredited AMO, we have the capability to repair and overhaul these components as well.
Field Aviation Becomes a U.S. Company
In Early 2012, Field Aviation was acquired by senior managers of our company from Hunting PLC. This move established a U.S. parent company and transitioned Field into a North-American company. The acquisition and entry in to the U.S. market was seen as a vital move to support our growth.
Field Completes Acquisition of ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support from Rockwell-Collins Commencing U.S. Operations
In March of 2015, Field Aviation successfully acquired ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support from Rockwell-Collins marking yet a new milestone in our history with our first U.S. operations facility. We see the ASES and Field combination as extremely complementary and one that fulfills our strategic intent to expand our presence in North America and worldwide. The operations in Oklahoma City Oklahoma will allow us to pursue new opportunities and provide integrated solutions to our customers.
Sure to Set the Standard For Years to Come
From our simple start in maintenance support more than 65 years ago, Field Aviation has grown to be an undisputed leader in our field. As a market innovator, we're committed to constantly meeting new requirements and technological opportunities - always adapting to embrace the dramatic changes the world of aviation has undergone.