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MAINTENANCE

LOCATION:
Box 3162
170 Bell Road
Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0
Canada
PHONE: 250-774-6922

Siemens brings avionics
capabilities to remote
Canadian territory
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n early 2018, a fire engulfed Tim Siemens'
aircraft maintenance hangar at Northern
Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, a
small town in northeast British Columbia. Along with
the hangar, the flames destroyed two aircraft, a large
parts inventory, tooling and equipment. Despite the
setback, the resilient team rented hangar space from a
charter operator at the airport and continued working.
"The insurance company investigated but couldn't
find a definitive cause; the hangar was completely
destroyed," said Siemens, who purchased the existing
repair station in 2014. "We do maintenance for a small
charter company here at the airport. They rented half
their hangar to us so that we were not working in the
snow."
Tim's Air Maintenance serves many small charter
operators in the area, particularly those that don't
have the resources to staff and manage a full in-house
maintenance department.
"We maintain some private aircraft, but it's mostly
703s, which is what they call it in Canada; it's like
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Part 135 in the United States," explained Siemens,
an aircraft maintenance engineer with 19 years of
experience. "We have a fairly broad approval under
Transport Canada. We carry out all, nonspecialized
maintenance on small airplanes and avionics and sheet
metal structures, as well. We have approval under
the FAA to do that, too. If American customers pass
through because they're flying the Alaska Highway,
we're right here. This is a good stopping point if they
have something simple, a snag or maybe the engine
fails. We can help."
Adding avionics
When Siemens purchased the aircraft maintenance
business, it offered general line maintenance and sheet
metal structural repairs. Since then, he has expanded
into performing installations and maintenance
on aircraft instruments and avionics. Along with
performing pitot-static testing and calibration, the
aircraft maintenance engineers have installed a variety
of systems such as radios, transponders, emergency



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