The Journey to Making a Difference
DAC Aviation was founded on an unwavering determination to make a difference. In the early 1990’s Emmanuel Anassis, DAC Aviation’s chairman and founder, identified an opportunity in the African humanitarian air transportation market. Working as a humanitarian pilot in east Africa he noticed that international humanitarian aid organizations were lacking access to a stable, reliable and safe air service provider.
In response to this market need, DAC began operations in 1993 with a single DHC-5 Buffalo aircraft, a contract with UNICEF and a handful of dedicated engineers and pilots with a passion and desire to make a difference.
In April 1995 DAC Aviation was incorporated in Montreal as a Transport Canada Authorized Maintenance Facility. Today, DAC offers leading repair and overhaul services for CT64/T64/P4D engines and accessories along with supporting components for the following aircraft types: CT144-Tutor, CP-140-Aurora, CC115-Buffalo, CH124-Seaking Helicopter, CF18-Fighter, C130-Hercules and DHC-8.
From scheduled maintenance to unforeseen repairs, DAC Aviation is able to promptly assess the condition of incoming units and complete the work-scope in accordance with customer requirements. Our partnerships with qualified, approved suppliers help reduce the lead-time of necessary spares and ensure that customer operations are constant and unimpeded by maintenance schedules.
While continuing to respond to both current and anticipated recovery and rehabilitation operations of humanitarian organizations working across Africa, DAC Aviation grew quickly; it preemptively secured the forecasted capacity with the acquisition of additional DHC-8 aircraft.
In August 2006, DAC also acquired CMC Aviation (now operating as DAC Aviation (EA) Limited); a long-standing MRO facility located at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport with the objective of expanding the organization’s fixed base operations. More recently a second CL-600-2B19 (CRJ 200 LR) has joined the fleet together with 6 new Cessna Grand Caravan EXs and a Dash 8 Q400, all operating in support of aid and relief programs.
Franca Whiting, Human Resources Advisor
"The DAC Aviation employee community touches a multitude of individuals around the globe. Our people have the wealth of knowledge, passion, drive, energy and together our commitment leads to excellence."
Setting the standard for Humanitarian Air Operations with a passion to deliver exceptional and measurable results through the comprehensive understanding and implementation of an international “hub and spoke” operation.
A Customer Centric Organization– DAC Aviation incorporates the customer viewpoint into all planning, processes and decisions; we anticipate their needs.
Mr. Anassis began his commercial aviation career in 1984, and has since accumulated in excess of 18,000 hours of flight time on aircraft ranging from heavy jets to extreme STOL aircraft. His broad range of experience, from scheduled airline operations to critical airlift missions in war-torn countries, has helped transform DAC Aviation into the highly diversified aviation company that it is today, now employing nearly 400 staff in six countries.
Chief Executive Officer
With DAC since 2004, Warren Feschuk was appointed to CEO in February 2012. Playing an influential role in the organization’s flight operations, Mr. Feschuk also represents DAC Aviation across the globe, articulating DAC’s expert opinion acquired through years of experience in humanitarian aid operations. Warren has flown Bombardier aircraft for over 25 years and is a Bombardier Flight Operations Steering Committee member, a qualified Captain on the CRJ, as well as the Dash 8 aircraft, and holds an approved “Check A” Pilot type-rating examiner by Transport Canada authorities.
Alain Desrochers, President/Director of DAC Aviation International, joined the organization in 2000. From 1980 until 2000, he served at the Canadian Department of National Defence Aerospace and Ordinance Engineering, acquiring significant expertise in the field of DHC-5 engine and airframe Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul. He has successfully parlayed his extensive experience with the DHC-5 aircraft for DAC Aviation’s MRO business and spearheaded the organization’s MRO facility expansion and Honeywell product line acquisition.
Jane Potapova, DAC Aviation’s Executive Vice President, has been part of the DAC team since 2004 and continues to be a strong positive figure behind the company’s development and increased efficiency. Having recently acquired her MBA, Mrs. Potapova’s level of knowledge of the organization and experience in R&O facility management continue to benefit and help grow the company.
Charles-André Fortier, Vice President of Finance, joined the DAC group in 2007 bringing with him 20 years of financial management experience. Mr. Fortier’s organizational and leadership skills have become a marked strength for the organization. With DAC entering its largest ever expansion in the coming year, Mr. Fortier’s experience and financial leadership will continue to propel the organization, enabling DAC to expand its fleet and continue to adopt industry best practices throughout its operations.