Avionics News February 2017 - 41
FACILITIES: 15,000 square feet
WHAT THEY DO: Westcan Aircraft
offers helicopter parts and sales as
well as fixed-wing charter services.
FOUNDED: 1990 by Ralph Emsland
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2003
the individual parts. Brad Emsland
remembers those early days, working
side by side with his father.
"I started working here after high
school as a general hangar rat," said
Emsland, who has logged 400 flight
hours as a single-engine helicopter
and single-engine fixed-wing pilot.
"I started my private fixed-wing
training in 1995 while I was finishing
high school. This helped me get an
understanding of aviation and aircraft
systems. We continued parting out
fixed-wing aircraft for many years,
specializing in the Piper PA-31 series.
Eventually, Westcan Aircraft began
specializing more on the rotary side of
the business where it continues today.
Emsland and his father found more
demand for parts and more opportunity
in supporting high-time rotorcraft
ABOVE: Hangar lead
technician Rob Estey
contract AME James
Raglin work on a Bell
212 recently purchased
from Japan. At right, a
recently acquired AS 350
B3 helicopter awaits a
new lease or sale.
LEFT: About 80 percent
of Westcan Aircraft's
inventory is devoted to
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