Cascade Aerospace Inc. began as a vision to build a world-class airplane repair station. The dream that inspired the vision began with Barry Marsden, Cascade's founder who got his pilot's license at 17 and thus began a life-long relationship with machines that fly. Marsden's love of flying led him to co-found Conair Group, a specialty aviation services firm, in 1969.
Conair's initial focus was aerial forest fire control. The experience acquired in developing specialty aviation products and operating and maintaining a fleet of 90 aircraft gave Conair the expertise required to offer third-party maintenance and modifications. That expertise inspired a more expansive vision. By 1993, Marsden, forward thinking about aviation - envisioned a new enterprise dedicated to providing third-party maintenance. That vision became a reality when Conair moved into a new, state-of-the-art, 230,000-square-foot facility in December 2000. In spring 2001, the third-party maintenance division became a separate company with a new name: Cascade Aerospace.
The passion and foresight that the founders brought to Cascade attracted other skilled and dedicated people to the company. The leadership team continued to diversify the company - entering into the military realm in 2005 when the company won its first contract with Canada's Department of National Defence for the total fleet management of Canada's fleet of C-130 Hercules tactical airlift aircraft. Today, Cascade Aerospace offers its services and products to aircraft operators around the world, and is partnered with some of the most respected OEMs in the global aerospace business.