celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. This highly versatile organization
was brought into being by a few individuals with aviation backgrounds who
were anxious to enter business on their own.
Gerry Wooll, shown below on the left,
was an original director of the company. Pictured with him on the right is
Harry Picken, also an original director.
Set-up of the facilities took place at Niagara District Airport
in a war-time built hangar. This original facility, where Genaire's Head
office is still located, comprises some 25,000 square feet of work space.
In 1958 more space was needed for
Genaire's operation so the company purchased a former Canadian Army
transport building at Niagara-on-the-Lake. This facility provided an
additional 10,000 square feet of space where the company could concentrate
its repair and overhaul of flexible, rubber type fuel cells and floats for
the Canadian Armed Forces and commercial operators.
1959 saw the set up and commencement of
Genaire's Non-Destructive Testing facility. This is a critical aspect of
Genaire's operation in today's industry.
In 1972 Genaire set up a complete repair
and transmission efficiency testing facility for airborne radomes. The
company is equipped to handle radomes from King Air to Boeing 707 and Aurora aircraft, and
has engaged in a limited production of radomes and dopplers. This facility
is fully approved by Transport Canada to TCCA AMO 8-64.
From a modest beginning, Genaire has
expanded its business and facilities for maintenance, overhaul, repair and
engineering to the aviation industry. From the outset the company was
equipped to provide aircraft service to owners and operators in the Niagara Peninsula area. Genaire was
fortunate to receive government contracts which enabled the company to
expand its work force's size and technical expertise. Genaire still enjoys
a substantial volume of repair and overhaul of Canadian Armed Forces
Genaire currently employs 50+ people, and is
unique in its field of repair, overhaul, modification and testing of an
extensive variety of aircraft components.