Spurred by projected federal procurement and melting polar ice caps, which are opening a northwest shipping passage and facilitating resource development in Canada’s Arctic, the region is attracting increased defence sector interest. One company that stands to benefit is Newfoundland and Labrador-based PAL (Provincial Aerospace Limited) which, over the years, has become an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance leader.

Founded in 1972, and led by Gus Ollerhead, its president and owner, Provincial Aerospace Limited focuses its efforts in several areas. In addition to airborne maritime surveillance services which it delivers through ten manned and unmanned aircraft that it owns and operates (including five Beechcraft King Air 200s, two Dash8s and three UAVs), the company also brings to the table more than 25 years of experience modifying marine patrol aircraft. in more than 30 countr ies.

Provincial Aerospace Limited which has grown from 800 to 900 employees (Including PAL’s Offshore crew shown in image above. Photo courtesy CDR) during the past two years, also provides operator training. environmental services (such as ice monitoring) and does significant export work ranging from operating aircraft in the Caribbean to tra ining pilots and aerospace personnel in the Persian Gulf. That said, Keith Stood ley, the company’s senior vicepresident (business development and government relations) is far from standing still. “We have tremendous capabilities and an aggressive team,” says Stoodley. “So we are constantly looking for new opportunities both in Canada and abroad.

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