The SkyAlyne partnership was formed in 2018, but its story begins long before.
CAE was founded in 1947 in Montreal, Quebec, by ex-RCAF officer Mr. Ken Partick. Mr. Patrick’s goal was to “…create something Canadian and take advantage of a war-trained team that was extremely innovative and very technology-intensive.”
Today, CAE is a worldwide leader in pilot and aircrew training, simulation and support. CAE has 160 training locations in 35 countries and more than 10,000 employees – 4700+ of those in Canada.
KF Aerospace is a great Canadian story. Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd. (now KF Aerospace) was founded in 1970 in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley by Mr. Barry Lapointe. Mr. Lapointe is a lifelong aviation enthusiast. He began flying at 16, and as a young Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, started a small aircraft repair business that would grow to become Canada’s largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul organization.
Today, KF Aerospace employs more than 1,100 Canadians in four locations across the country. Mr. Lapointe is still the CEO of KF Aerospace. He was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018.
At SkyAlyne, we’re very proud of our Canadian roots and to stand on the shoulders of two great Canadians.