AIAC congratulates Canadian operator, aircraft manufacturer on successful South Pole rescue mission

June 23, 2016

Ottawa (Ontario), June 23, 2016 – Earlier this week a Canadian crew and aircraft successfully carried out a difficult rescue mission to transport two people who needed medical attention from the South Pole. The Twin Otter aircraft, which are manufactured by Western Canada’s Viking Air Limited and designed to operate in remote areas and extreme weather conditions, were operated by a crew from Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air.

Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), issued the following statement in response to the mission:

On behalf of AIAC’s Board and members, I would like to congratulate the Kenn Borek Air crew that carried out the successful rescue mission to the South Pole this week. We are also very proud that the Twin Otter, a Canadian aircraft manufactured by British Columbia’s Viking Air Ltd., was used in this operation.

Thanks to our vast geography, remote communities and extreme weather, Canada’s aviation industry has decades of expertise manufacturing and operating aircraft that excel in these conditions. Canadian operators such as Kenn Borek Air are experts in conducting missions like the one that took place at the South Pole this week. Likewise, the Twin Otter aircraft, which has been manufactured since the 1960s and includes world-class Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, has been used in operations around the world where small aircraft equipped to navigate challenging conditions were required. We are very proud that Canadian manufacturers, operators and crew successfully carried out this rescue mission, and we applaud their leadership in this important field.

About AIAC:
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector.  As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes over $29B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 180,000 Canadians.

For information:
Kristen VanderHoek
Director of Communications
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
613 232-4297 x225
kvanderhoek@aiac.ca