Mid-Canada Mod Center Completes Another North Star Air ATR 72 Flight Deck Upgrade

Modernization enables flight in Canada Northern Domestic Airspace and strengthens carrier’s market position

TORONTO — 5 January 2022 — Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) has completed a flight deck upgrade on another of Thunder Bay, Canada-based, North Star Air’s (NSA) ATR 72 aircraft. These essential modifications enable Canadian Northern Domestic Airspace operations while strengthening the carrier’s market position and customer satisfaction.

Upgrades to North Star Air's ATR-72 Flight Deck

“Airlines like North Star Air operate in extremely challenging conditions and must meet additional requirements to fly in Canada’s remote, northern and polar regions,” said Bill Arsenault, president of Mid-Canada Mod Center. “With ADS, our engineering and design partner, we have developed unique skills and expertise to solve avionics problems permitting these airlines to fly these routes. We are pleased to contribute to North Star Air’s continued growth and expansion through vital flight deck upgrades to this newly reconfigured cargo ATR 72.”

With Universal Avionics’ UNS-1Lw Flight Management Systems (FMS) installed, North Star Air gains RNAV Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach capability, permitting landings at challenging airports. RNAV LPV Level of Service (LOS) approach procedure development in Canada continues to grow, driven by individual operators’ recognizance of competitive advantage through investment in technology. True north-based course procedures and gravel runways are included in the database. The new FMSs have the ability to do cold temperature altitude correction (TEMP COMP) for all segments of an approach – transition, intermediate, final, and missed. MC2’s Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) fits Multifunction Control Display Units that maintain access to the ATR Centralized Maintenance System.

Dual Sagem F227 APIRS Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) and a Latitude S200 SkyNode Installation were also fitted to MC2  STCs. These high-reliability AHRS systems, coupled with a lower heading drift characteristic, provide a path for operators to obtain approval for flight into Northern Domestic Airspace. SkyNode provides satellite voice and tracking information through the Latitude data network.

“With our current phase of rapid growth and expansion and building our cargo fleet, we are actively working to increase our operational efficiency,” said Sean Fillion, director of maintenance at North Star Air. “These latest upgrades to our ATR 72 are an important part of this effort, and we are pleased with the solution Mid-Canada Mod Center recommended and delivered. We trust MC2’s avionics knowledge, expertise and service excellence.”

About North Star Air
North Star Air is a rapidly growing airline with over 280+ dedicated employees providing passenger, charter, cargo and fuel air service in a safe and reliable environment. We service over 54 remote Northern Ontario, Northern Manitoba and Nunavut locations with a fleet of 18 aircraft, including Pilatus PC-12, Dash 8-100, Basler DC3T and ATR-72-500F. With 50+ departures daily, we fly over 24,000 hours per year, holding a Gold ARGUS status. We are the recipient of the 2019 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Large Business Excellence Award and the 2019 NOBA Company of the Year Award.

We are a 703, 704, 705 Operator based in Thunder Bay, ON, with additional base locations in Kapuskasing, Pickle Lake, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout (all in Ontario) and Thompson, MB. Learn more about us at www.northstarair.ca.

About Mid-Canada Mod Center
At MC2 (AMO # 59-97), we help extend the operational lifespan of business, commercial, government and military, special mission and rotary-wing aircraft, focusing on safety and efficiency. Authorized dealers for all major avionics manufacturers, our comprehensive capabilities include flight deck and cabin avionics-systems design and certification, installation, modification kits, repairs and 24/7 AOG service. We are a Transport Canada CAR 561 approved manufacturer with a far-reaching avionics background. Our specialties include advanced flight displays, ADS-B, NextGen, SBAS FMS with LP/LPV, cabin entertainment and connectivity, including Satcom and Wi-Fi applications. With ADS, our engineering, design and certification partner, we offer fully integrated services to a broad range of turbofan business aircraft, legacy Boeing and other regional aircraft. Our headquarters are at Canada’s Lester B Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), and we have a second facility at Region of Waterloo International Airport (CYKF). Visit www.midcanadamod.com to learn more.

Media Contacts

Mid-Canada Mod Center
Kate Murchison
Tel: +1 613 454 8254

North Star Air
Karen Matson
Office: +1 807 474 2895 Ext 213