KF Aerospace Founder and Chairman, Barry Lapointe, has accomplished a fair bit in his life, to say the least.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Barry got his start as a pilot and mechanic in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, making a living writing contracts for crop-dusting and aircraft repair off the tailgate of his pickup truck. In 1970, he founded an aviation company then known as Kelowna Flightcraft, which would later become Canada’s largest commercial Aircraft Maintenance Organization (MRO), an aircraft engineering firm, air operator and training partner of the Royal Canadian Air Force. That company is now known as KF Aerospace
In 1986, Barry flew a DC-3 around the world to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the aircraft and Expo ‘86 held in Vancouver, visiting 55 cities in 28 countries over a two-month period.
In 2018, KF Aerospace formed SkyAlyne, a partnership with Montreal-based company CAE, created to bid on the Future Aircrew Training contract (FAcT) for the Royal Canadian Airforce.
Along the way, Barry has generously supported charitable organizations across Canada, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Kids’ Cancer Care Foundation at Kelowna General Hospital, and Girls Fly Too, among many others.
Oh yeah – and he was appointed the Order of British Columbia in 2015 and inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2019.