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The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft and aircraft systems and components is a Canadian strength. The are more than 1,100 certified Aircraft Maintenance Organizations (AMO) in Canada, with a comprehensive range of capabilities. Collectively, these firms generate more than $3 billion in annual revenues and employ some 17,000 highly skilled workers.
With more than 70 years of aircraft maintenance, aircraft repair and aircraft overhaul experience, Canada has a well-deserved reputation for quality, competitive pricing and quick turnaround times. More and more, customers from the United States, Europe, South America and Asia are turning to Canada for their aircraft MRO solutions for military and commercial aircraft. Transport Canada’s globally recognized safety regulation system and bilateral agreements with the United States FAA, the European JAA and other national regulatory authorities facilitate foreign approvals for Canadian repair designs and MRO work. Experienced and dedicated employees, cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art equipment and strict adherence to industry standards help Canadian MRO firms provide aircraft repair and overhaul services of the highest quality and reliability.
Canada’s MRO industry is made up of a mix of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent MRO service providers, and aircraft operators (airlines) that have grown their internal MRO capabilities into dynamic and competitive third party maintenance businesses. These firms offer expertise in line and heavy maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification of complete aircraft, aircraft engines and accessories, aircraft structures, aircraft systems and components, avionics and instruments. They provide complete “nose-to-tail” service backed by reliable non-destructive testing and uncompromising engineering and technical support through the full product life cycle.
Canadian Strengths and Excellence
Canadian aerospace companies provide full “nose-to-tail” MRO services for a broad range of large commercial transports, regional jets and turboprops, business aircraft, helicopters and general aviation aircraft.
Canadian MRO firms have developed specific expertise for maintenance, inspection, repair and overhaul of Boeing 737 aircraft, turboprop aircraft such as the DeHavilland Dash 8 series, and the rapidly expanding fleet Bombardier Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ). Other firms focus on MRO services for business aircraft.
Canada’s fleet of civil helicopters is the second largest in the world after that of the United States. As a result, Canadian firms have developed a comprehensive array of MRO service capabilities for rotary wing aircraft that are used in virtually all models of helicopters produced in North America and Europe.
In addition to these larger firms, there are several hundred other companies located throughout Canada that provide MRO services for a wide range of small piston and turbine powered aircraft types (5,700 kg. and below) and light helicopters from all of the world’s leading manufacturers. While most of these firms are aircraft operators that focus on the MRO needs of their own fleets, many offer MRO services to third party customers.
Building on capabilities established to fulfill depot-level maintenance requirements of the Canadian Forces, Canadian firms now offer extensive military aircraft MRO services to foreign military customers around the world. These aircraft include Boeing F-18 aircraft, the Sikorsky Sea King Helicopter, Lockheed P-3 maritime patrol aircraft and the Lockheed C-130 cargo aircraft.
Engines and Accessories
Canada has also earned a strong reputation for reliable and cost-effective repair and overhaul of aircraft engines – from piston engines found in small general aviation aircraft, to small turbofan, turboprop and turboshaft engines.
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