Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia have a rich aerospace industry and history of aviation. Established by KF Founder Barry Lapointe, the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence, a non-for-profit organization and multipurpose facility, aspires to promote this deep aviation history and innovative resilient industry locally and nationally.
“The KF Aeropsace Centre for Excellence is a place where visitors of all ages and places can take the time to observe, enjoy, and reflect on the history of aviation in the Okanagan Valley from unique vantages and perspectives — on high, down low, inside and out — and deepen their appreciation for the craft through media, education, and science.”
Paula Quinn, Executive Director, KF Aerospace Center for Excellence
In March of this year the ground was broken and the landmark building began to take shape on Kelowna International Airport (YLW), designed by Meiklejohn Architects Inc. and constructed by Shawchuck Developements Co. Ltd.. The centre is unmistakable and uniquely Canadian, it’s shaped like the fuselage and wings of an aircraft!
The public exhibition space and hub is flanked by two vast hangar spaces. These hangars will house heritage aircraft including a Convair CV-580 and Douglas DC-3, as well as a Hawker Tempest II MW376, which is currently being restored. Visitors of all ages and knowledge of aviation will be fascinated by the real aircraft, engaged with interactive and immersive exhibits and given plenty of opportunities to delve into the incredible world of aviation.
The Centre will serve as a hub for the aviation sector, promoting the Okanagan region’s aerospace expertise. Featuring an airfield viewing gallery, cafeteria, and conference rooms, it will also host public tours and educational programs.
Follow the development of the KF Aerospace Centre of Excellence here.