Field celebrates 70 years


Field is marking its 70th anniversary. The company has grown from a photographic survey company based in Ontario, Canada, into an aircraft modification specialist with four facilities across North America. The company’s 500 employees are spread between corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and engineering and manufacturing locations in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Toronto (Ontario) and Calgary (Alberta).

The original business, established in 1947, grew with the acquisition of Weston Aircraft to offer design, manufacturing, service and maintenance capabilities – at which point it was renamed Field Aviation. In the mid-1950s, facilities were opened at the Calgary and Toronto International Airports to support oil and gas exploration aircraft and to modify standard transport aircraft for special applications.

The company also developed expertise in reclaiming and repairing accident-damaged aircraft. In the 1990s, the company developed its aircraft fire-fighting systems and services including restoration, cargo conversion, interior reconfiguration, major airframe inspections and painting. Between 1992 and 2017, Field Aviation was involved in 45 special-mission aircraft projects.

The company was acquired by Field Aerospace in 2012, and ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support (ASES) – which specializes in systems engineering and integration solutions – was acquired in 2015.

June 7, 2017

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