KF Aerospace supports Indigenous pilot training after hangar fire

January 9, 2023

A temporary hangar structure was donated to the First Nations Technical Institute to allow continued flight training for indigenous students.

January 9, 2023—The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) flight training program remains open to students following a devastating fire that destroyed much of its campus and hangar facilities in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory of Ontario last year. With students temporarily re-housed, external support from the aviation industry was pivotal in recovering the program.

In response to the disaster, KF Aerospace volunteered to donate a temporary hangar structure to safely house aircraft required for continued training at Mohawk Aerodrome. KF staff and contractors worked closely with FNTI to identify key facility requirements and complete the installation in time to protect its fleet from harsh winter conditions.

KF Aerospace President & CEO, Tracy Medve says it was a successful collaboration between industry segments. “FNTI does incredible work to support Indigenous representation in the aerospace sector while also addressing Canada’s critical pilot shortage. We were honoured to share our expertise and deliver a timely solution to keep their students flying.”

The First Peoples’ Aviation Technology Program is the only post-secondary Indigenous aviation program of its kind in Canada and provides hands-on flight training for students interested in pursuing a pilot’s licence or working in the aviation industry. In 2022 the program had an enrollment of 42% Indigenous women.

“The loss of our hangar, AMO, dispatch and planes in February was devastating for FNTI and our aviation students, who come from urban and remote communities across Canada,” said Suzanne Brant, President of FNTI. “We are fortunate to have resilient staff who pivoted to provide students with training options, ensuring minimal program interruption.  The aviation industry stepped up and offered much-needed contributions toward maintaining uninterrupted pilot training, and providing temporary solutions until our hangar could be rebuilt.”

To learn about upcoming aviation training opportunities with FNTI please visit https://fnti.net/aviation-program.

About First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)

FNTI is an Indigenous-owned and governed First Nations institute. The post-secondary institute has 38 years of rich history delivering programming rooted in culture and Indigenous ways of knowing.

FNTI’s community-driven approach coupled with an intense program delivery method allows Indigenous learners to maintain connections to family and community while they study and prepare for their future careers.

FNTI is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, accredited by the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC) and the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC). They are also a proud member of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).


About KF Aerospace

For 52 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including OEM’s like Boeing; major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair; and the RCAF. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, passenger and cargo flight operations, and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. KF Aerospace is home to over 1,100 staff across Canada. To learn more visit: www.kfaero.ca

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