Kelowna Aerospace Company Expands Throughout Canada

News February 18, 2021

Posted by Harrison Crerar

Kelowna Aerospace Company Expands Throughout Canada Featured Image

KELOWNA, BC, FEBRUARY 18, 2021SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications and intelligent connectivity, today announced its expansions in Kelowna, BC, and Ottawa, Ontario. In conjunction with SKYTRAC’s expanding Victoria-based engineering team, the expanded Kelowna and new Ottawa offices will be undertaking a number of research and development activities supporting Iridium Certus and Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Systems (GADSS) solutions for the commercial airline industry.

In Kelowna, SKYTRAC has recently doubled its office spaces. The new office will facilitate engineering co-op students and additional Design & Approval Organization (DAO) staff to support the rapidly growing company.

The new Ontario facility, located in downtown Ottawa, will seek to address the demanding technical requirements for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 2023 GADSS mandate through SKYTRAC Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT) solutions.

The mandated requirements (stemming from the loss of both Air France Flight 447 and Malaysian Airways Flight 370) will apply to all forward-fit aircraft with a Certificate of Airworthiness on or after January 1, 2023, to ensure that the global-location of an aircraft in distress can be determined every minute.

“Over the last 35 years, SKYTRAC has dedicated its operations to designing and delivering industry-leading safety products and solutions into the global aerospace market from our BC operations,” explained Malachi Nordine, President, SKYTRAC. “Our Ottawa location will now lead SKYTRAC’s research and development of new RF technologies and strategic industry partnerships and will support the Iridium Certus and GADSS program where applicable.”

SKYTRAC’s recent growth is partly attributed to its expanded partnership with satellite network provider Iridium Communications, which will see the organization launch new modem and satellite communications terminals with midband and broadband capabilities within the second and third quarter of 2021.

According to Stephen Hall, Senior Program Manager and Operations Manager of the Ottawa Office, the expansion represents a significant investment by SKYTRAC.

“We are in a very competitive industry,” mentioned Hall. “Access to talented Canadian engineers afforded to us by our Kelowna and Ottawa locations are key to us sustaining the growth we need to meet the increasing demand for our product lines.”
To support SKYTRAC’s Iridium Certus and GADSS programs, the company is actively hiring for a number of roles across Canada in Kelowna, Victoria, and Ottawa. Applicants are encouraged to visit or the company’s LinkedIn page at to apply.

About SKYTRAC Systems Ltd.

Since 1986, SKYTRAC has pioneered the development, evolution and commercialization of flight following, flight data and communications technology. Today, with systems certified on over 900 airframes and an online data management portal that is the go-to tool for over 7,500 global users, SKYTRAC is truly the partner of choice for data-guided business insights and is
a global leader in providing Iridium Certus products and solutions. From performance trending and operations reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting more of your company’s needs. For more information, visit

Additional Resources

Press Release: Sept. 23, 2020 – SKYTRAC Becomes the Newest Aviation Terminal Manufacturer Using the Iridium Certus™ 9810 Transceiver

Related Reading