EVAS ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions in Gan­der

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

There’s sig­nif­i­cant growth tak­ing place in Gan­der’s avi­a­tion and aero­space in­dus­try that most peo­ple are not aware of.

The EVAS Group of com­pa­nies is ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions at its EVAS Main­te­nance Di­vi­sion, Gan­der Flight Train­ing and EVAS Air, a Gan­der-based Air Canada Part­ner.

Pa­trick White, pres­i­dent and CEO, says the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions are a grow­ing force, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of main­te­nance re­pair, over­haul and train­ing.

“We have two air­craft hangars work­ing at ca­pac­ity re­pair­ing and re­fur­bish­ing air­crafts in Gan­der,” he said. “This di­vi­sion of our EVAS Group of Com­pa­nies just com­pleted its 15th air­craft in Gan­der, which in­cludes work com­ing as far away as Cal­gary for Air Ge­or­gian.”

The com­pany is also in talks with other air­lines for more work, in­clud­ing one air­line from Africa.

Ac­cord­ing to White, in the past, just about all this work had to be com­pleted in Que­bec and On­tario, but now it is be­ing done in Gan­der.

“This re­cent ac­tiv­ity has meant in­creased em­ploy­ment, and the com­pany con­tin­ues to hire” says White. “EVAS Air is also look­ing to em­ploy ma­ture adults in­ter­ested in a per­ma­nent ca­reer who we will train in Gan­der.”

He points out this ex­pan­sion has meant in­creased em­ploy­ment along with in­creased rev­enues for the Gan­der-based aero­space, air­line and flight train­ing com­pa­nies.

“This growth is in line with Gan­der’s des­ig­na­tion as a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for the aero­space in­dus­try as cho­sen by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment a few years ago,” says White.

White also cred­its the avi­a­tion pro­gram at Gan­der’s Col­lege of the North At­lantic with be­ing a ma­jor as­set in find­ing em­ploy­ees. He be­lieves the col­lege can play an even big­ger role in the fu­ture as ac­tiv­ity in­creases.

“Gan­der Flight Train­ing just com­pleted its largest air cadet train­ing pro­gram in 25 years fly­ing over 1,100 hours in July alone. Not only is this good for GFT but it’s great news for Gan­der In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the econ­omy of Gan­der and NAV Canada, es­pe­cially the tower,” notes White.

Over the years, Gan­der Flight Train­ing has seen 279 air cadets suc­cess­fully re­ceive their pi­lots li­cense. It has been noted by the com­pany that many of th­ese former cadets are still in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try and fly with var­i­ous air­lines all over North Amer­ica.

Along with its con­tract in Thai­land, and other in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, air cadets from across At­lantic Canada and Cana­dian stu­dents, Gan­der Flight Train­ing has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for world-class flight train­ing at a world-class air­port. Do­mes­tic traf­fic at Gan­der In­ter­na­tional Air­port is up three per cent in July and Au­gust. White em­pha­sizes the EVAS Group of Com­pa­nies are well po­si­tioned for fu­ture growth.

Gan­der Flight Train­ing has about 20 em­ploy­ees for its train­ing pro­gram full-time and there are also part-time em­ploy­ees.

GFT and its sis­ter com­pany EVAS Air em­ploy about 225 work­ers in N.L. and in Mar­itimes. Most of the em­ploy­ees are in Gan­der.

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