With 500 planes in Canada, Wichita’s Textron decides to expand there

Wichita-based Textron Aviation is buying an aircraft maintenance provider and establishing a second mobile service unit base in Canada.

The acquisition of assets of Aspect Aircraft Maintenance in Calgary gives Textron Aviation a broader service operation in Canada, allowing it to perform aircraft-on-ground support, limited inspection and engine maintenance.

Financial terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

Textron Aviation also is establishing a mobile service unit base in Toronto, in addition to one it already had at Calgary International Airport.

As part of the Canadian expansion, the maker of Beechcraft and Cessna planes has established Textron Aviation Canada Ltd., the company said.

More than 500 Citation, King Air and Hawker aircraft operate in Canada, Textron Aviation said.

“This recent acquisition and growth plan will increase our customer’s access to factory-direct service, ensuring they have a local connection for technical support, parts and maintenance,” Kriya Shortt, Textron Aviation senior vice president of customer service, said in a news release on Tuesday.

Aspect, founded in 2005, provides line maintenance, inspection and repair on a variety of business aircraft including Cessna Citation 500, 600 and 700 series jets, Beechcraft King Air 100, 200 and 300 series turboprops as well as the Hawker 800XP, according to Aspect’s website.

A Textron Aviation spokeswoman said no new employees were added from the acquisition of Aspect’s assets. But, “as we prepare for our future capabilities expansion, we have begun to recruit technicians to join the ranks of Textron Aviation employees already working at our onsite Mobile Service Unit,” the spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

It’s not clear if Textron Aviation will continue to service select Dassault Falcon and Bombardier business jet models that Aspect supported.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark