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Vector expansion in Langley delayed, but still on track

A helicopter warms up for take-off from the Vector Aerospace repair facility at Langley airport. Work on a newer, larger Vector building at the airport was announced last year but has been delayed. - Dan Ferguson/Black Press
A helicopter warms up for take-off from the Vector Aerospace repair facility at Langley airport. Work on a newer, larger Vector building at the airport was announced last year but has been delayed.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Black Press

Vector Aerospace now expects to complete work on a newer and bigger helicopter repair facility at the Langley airport a year later than expected.

When the relocation from the current 66,000 square foot building to a 104,000 square foot building was announced in February of 2012, the company said it expected to complete the move into the new premises by December of that year.

Vector now expects construction will begin with a ground-breaking ceremony in the near future and the bigger facility will be completed by the end of the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, near the end of this year.

No particular reason for the delay was given.

The new building is expected to add a further 180 jobs, attract additional major investments and nearly double the technical activity and production of the airport.

In the original press release announcing the expansion, Elvis Moniz, vice-president of operations at Vector-Langley said the new facility would include a state-of-the-art paint booth capable of handling bigger aircraft like the Sikorsky S-61 and AS332 Super Puma along with three helipads to accommodate customer “fly-in” requirements.

Vector in Langley carries out a wide range of major helicopter repairs, inspections and overhauls, including rebuilds and refurbishments, airframe and avionic refits and upgrades and custom interiors and modifications.

It is part of the larger Vector Aerospace company that operates facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa and Australia.

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