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.

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By 1995, with three DHC-5s in operation, DAC saw the introduction of a maintenance facility specializing in Buffalo engine and airframe support as a natural progression and perfect compliment to the company’s existing core competence.

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.

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Franca-Whiting

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."


Our Mission

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.

Our Values


A Customer Centric Organization– DAC Aviation incorporates the customer viewpoint into all planning, processes and decisions; we anticipate their needs.

Safety

The safety and security of our customers, our people and of our assets are given the highest priority at all times in every situation.

Teamwork

We recognize that combining our efforts towards a common goal is the key to our success.

Efficiency

As a growing organization, we deliver our products and services with a minimal amount of waste, expense or unnecessary efforts.

Reliability

We deliver premium products and services under any circumstances, even the most challenging.

Excellence

Through continuous improvement, determination and commitment, we constantly seek to provide the highest quality of products and services to our customers.

Quality

Adherence to strict quality standards is a DAC Aviation hallmark. We produce the highest quality flight-safe products in conformance with relevant standards and customer requirements. Our people are provided the tools, training and work environment to perform all service procedures on a “first time “ right basis, and all employees are empowered to question any work where they believe product quality could be compromised.

Fairness

Fairness is a determining factor in how we deal with employees, customers, investors, suppliers and other stakeholders. Employees that are treated fairly are loyal to the company and help us grow. Treating customers fairly results in loyalty in the form of repeat business and reputation.

Details

We believe that no detail is too small. We believe that a global approach means attention to the tiniest details.

Our Team

Emmanuel Anassis

Emmanuel
Anassis

Chairman

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.

Warren Feschuk

Warren
Feschuk

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.

Jane Potapova

Jane
Potapova

Executive V.P.

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-Andre Fortier

Charles-André
Fortier

V.P. Finance

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.