ACF Associates acquired by Peterborough’s Loomex Group

— By Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

The Loomex Group, a Peterborough-headquartered company that provides an array of services in aviation and aerospace, infrastructure, emergency management and education, has acquired Kingston-based aerospace defence consulting group ACF Associates Inc.

The deal, effective Monday, will help the Loomex Group realize its vision of serving North American and global aviation and aerospace industries, says Trent Gervais, Loomex’s president and CEO.

“We are thrilled about our new partnership with ACF Associates. The acquisition aligns with The Loomex Group’s current business as well as our company’s overall strategic plan,” Gervais stated in a release.

The Loomex Group is contracted by the City of Peterborough to manage the Peterborough Airport and is contracted to run the City of Kawartha Lakes Airport in Lindsay. Loomex manages eight airports in Ontario and Alberta.

Gervais noted the similarities between the two companies – both Loomex and ACF Associates adhere to a business model that “focuses on providing clients with leading-edge solutions.”

“This partnership will add valuable expertise to the Loomex Group’s aerospace division and enable both companies to further diversify and better support our government and our private sector clientele,” Gervais stated.

No purchase price was disclosed by the companies. The combined company will be headquartered out of the Loomex offices at the Peterborough Airport.

The current services offered by ACF Associates will not be impacted by the acquisition, according to the release. The ACF executive team will “remain at the helm” while continuing to provide management solutions to its customers, it states.

“The company will continue to offer its services at the same high level of quality while simultaneously embracing the opportunity to expand and bring innovation and expertise into related fields that it has not previously explored,” the release stated.

After supporting agencies in the aerospace defence sector across Canada for the last 15 years, ACF president Andy Fitzgerald and vice-president Andrea Crossland said in a joint statement the acquisition will create new opportunities for the next decade-and-a-half and beyond by laying the bedrock for future growth.

“We are extremely excited to begin ACF’s next chapter by being a part of the larger Loomex Group family,” they stated.

The two echoed Gervais’ comments, adding that the two companies are in step with one another when it comes to their operational principles and business approach.

Loomex says the move to acquire ACF solidifies its place as an aerospace and aviation leader in North America and abroad.

Established in 2006 – three years before Loomex – ACF Associates is an independent consulting company that specializes in aircraft support for civilian and government aerospace industry.

(Photo: Peterborough Regional Airport, CYPQ, Twitter)

Walkerton pilot has trespassing charge thrown out

— By Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times (Photo: Pauline Kerr)

Pilot Phil Englishman has had the latest charge of trespassing at Saugeen Municipal Airport thrown out.

On Friday, April 22, Justice of the Peace Thomas Stinson dismissed the charge of trespassing against Englishman that had been laid Nov. 21, two days after the pilot paid airport access fees and signed an agreement. When he went to the airport restaurant for a coffee with friends, he was told to leave – which he did, as soon as he finished his coffee. A call was made by airport officials to the OPP; an officer arrived and issued a ticket for trespassing, which Englishman decided to fight.

For Englishman, it’s the second time the courts have vindicated him in a dispute with Saugeen Municipal Airport that has gone on for three years. It has involved two trespassing charges, both dismissed; complaints to federal authorities (Transport Canada), which were not deemed worth investigating; and four large chunks of concrete placed in front of Englishman’s hangar – not to mention the frustration of dealing with lawyers, the courts and Saugeen Municipal Airport.

When asked for a comment, Englishman said he is contacting the OPP regarding possible charges against the airport manager and commission chair.

Dan Gieruszak, chair of the Saugeen Municipal Airport Commission, was also asked for a comment. His statement is as follows: “On behalf of the Saugeen Municipal Airport Commission it is frustrating for commissioners and staff to have worked so hard to create a safe space for contractors, visitors and users of the airport, and to have these efforts not recognized. The commission is committed to doing everything within its power to enhance the safety of contractors and users of the airport, and will continue to follow the advice of the airport solicitor, as it has in the past.”



TSB report on dynamic rollover near Hope Bay Aerodrome

The helicopter tail boom was damaged, with the vertical fin and tail boom rotated 180 degrees. The tail rotor remained attached with damage to one blade indicating a low-energy impact with the ground. (Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada in late March released its investigation report (A21C0088) into a dynamic rollover involving a Bell 206L-1 helicopter near the Hope Bay Aerodrome, Nunavut, back in September 2021. The TSB conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence.

The accident involving Canadian Helicopters Limited, which was doing business as Acasta HeliFlight Inc., during a number of visual flight rules runs from the Hope Bay Aerodrome (CHB3) to move people and equipment to a mining area. The pilot conducts 13 takeoffs and landings beginning early in the morning of September 14.

During an approach later in the day to the drill site, the pilot noticed a driller waiting for the helicopter who was in a crouched position and looking at the helicopter tail area. TSB explains this caught the attention of the pilot, who was concerned that the tail may be in conflict with the upsloping terrain. After landing on its skid gear and maintaining a 52 per cent torque power setting, TSB explains the pilot removed his left hand from the collective, opened the right seat pilot’s door, and leaned out to look back at the helicopter tail.

The helicopter then began to roll over on its right side, explains TSB in its report, and the pilot attempted to regain a hold of the collective. During this dynamic rollover, TSB explains the main-rotor blades contacted the ground and broke apart. The driller was fatally injured when he was hit by rotor blade debris.