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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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 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.


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

Our Team

Emmanuel Anassis



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.

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Having graduated with honours from the University of Montréal in 1978 and enjoying a peer review rating indicating exemplary reputation and well established practice, with a solid client base and a high professional standing, Philippe brings with him almost 40 years of experience and, far more than just as a legal expert. Philippe joined DAC as external legal counsel in 2003 and has since been involved in a wide variety of support roles from finance, fleet expansion, operations to global growth initiatives. A former member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, Philippe is presently a member of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and of the McGill Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. Philippe brings with him a broad network of international contacts ranging from private to government sectors.

Jane Potapova


Chief operating officer

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.