October 3, 2007 By Gary Watson
Nestled on a quiet back street a few blocks south of Calgary
International airport is an unassuming blue building housing some of
the most sophisticated aviation maintenance equipment in Canada.
Vanguard Aviation Corporation is a small specialty AMO providing unique
services to the aviation industry, particularly to airlines and larger
AMOs.The company started in Calgary but has recently expanded eastward
to Toronto where it serves such companies as Skyservice Airlines.
"We have a staff of 12 in Toronto," said Paul Barnfield, Vanguard's
president. "Our Calgary facility has approximately 15, with some
variation due to contracted work. One of our principal airline
customers is WestJet; we provide wheel and brake overhauls for both
their B737- 200 and -700 aircraft."
A four-year contract with Honeywell Aircraft Landing Systems,
manufacturer of the steel brakes for the -200 and the carbon-fibre
variant for the -700,ensures that Vanguard has a close tie with one of
the world's leading wheel and brake manufacturers. Vanguard operates
the newest and most advanced independent wheel and brake shop in
Western Canada and provides services for both airliners and smaller
aircraft sizes. Being the wheel and brake AMO for rapidlyexpanding
WestJet ensures a constant flow of revenue for the company.