SkyAlyne’s solution for the Future Aircraft Training Program (FAcT) is backed by Canada’s leading commercial aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider and a full team of qualified, experienced aviation engineers and technicians.
With extensive design and certification experience and as the holder of hundreds of design approvals, KF Aerospace boasts a full range of in-house engineering and modifications services that can be applied to both civilian and military aircraft. KF operates MRO and engineering services from two major facilities – Kelowna, British Columbia and Hamilton, Ontario, in addition to providing maintenance support for the military CFTS Program at Southport, MB.
KF is known by its commercial customers and Canada’s military for timely, quality solutions that ensure essential aircraft get back in the air as quickly and as safely as possible. KF’s motto says it all – ‘We’re all about the craft.’
KF Aerospace: One-stop-shop for all aircraft modification requirements
With extensive modification design and certification experience and as the holder of hundreds of design approvals, KF Aerospace is truly a one-stop-shop for all aircraft modification requirements.
KF Aerospace is a Transport Canada Design Approval Organization (DAO) as well as a Department of Defence (DND)-recognized DAO with delegated authority to provide modification and repair approvals for Normal, Utility, Aerobatic and Commuter Category Airplanes, Transport Category Airplanes, Normal Category Rotorcraft, and Transport Category Rotorcraft.
KF is ISO 9001-certified and well-known in the aviation industry for quality, timely results on aircraft maintenance and modification work. KF’s customers include some of Canada’s largest airlines as well as commercial passenger and cargo carriers from around the world.
- Full-service maintenance for commercial airlines, carriers and military customers that includes mechanical, structural, avionics, interiors, engine, landing gear, parts supply and fleet management
- Avionics upgrades for Mi-17 helicopters, Bell 412 helicopters, RCAF aircraft and Bolivian Air Force T-33 aircraft
- Structural modifications such as the CV 5800 stretch program, CV 580 cargo door conversions and CV 580 Air Tanker Conversion
- KF Aerospace is the OEM and STC holder for the Convair Aircraft
- Extensive third party maintenance and modification experience on Boeing aircraft, including:
- 727/737/757 repair development
- 737/757 winglet installations
- 727-737 cargo door installations
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KF Aerospace performs critical avionics upgrade for RCAF
In 2011-2012, KF Aerospace was tasked with a major custom cockpit upgrade to the RCAF’s fleet of CC-138 Twin Otters, used primarily for light transport and search and rescue missions in Canada’s arctic region. The goal was to install modern avionics in these older aircraft and upgrade their capabilities and effectiveness in the field.
KF Aerospace engineers and technicians were responsible for developing the wiring diagrams, assessing specifications and qualifications of the equipment, and with the design and structural engineering to accommodate the installation. This included significant testing and troubleshooting issues on the ground and in test flights.
“There were challenges integrating modern avionics with these older aircraft,” says KF Senior Project Engineer Chris Meyrick, who worked on the project in 2011-2012. “We knew we were providing systems that needed to meet the demanding conditions of operating in Northern Canada and the Canadian Arctic.”
Fortunately, the project was a success, and the upgrades done by KF’s skilled workers have allowed the RCAF to continue to safely operate the aircraft. Subsequent projects have followed, including helping the RCAF with a twin otter rescue in Nunavut in 2019.
KF has also recently completed a project to replace the wings on the fleet of Twin Otters, which will allow the aircraft to continue operations for at least a decade.