Tri-City Aero Company History
Clarence Beintema founded Tri-City Aero Maintenance Inc. in the fall of 1990 at the Guelph Airpark in a rented hangar. In April of 1991 the company moved into a 2500 square foot hangar at the Waterloo Regional Airport. In the beginning Clarence worked with one apprentice on a wide variety of small private aircraft. Over the years the company grew steadily, as did the variety of aircraft types and sizes being maintained. It soon became clear that larger facilities were required. In September of 1996 the company was again on the move again, this time across the air field to the recently vacated Waterloo Aero hangar. This hangar offered a 6000 square foot shop with a large 60 foot wide door and more office and shop space.
In the late summer of 2002 the company undertook what Clarence says is hopefully the last move. After a long and at times painful construction the company moved into its own brand new facility, in the fall of 2003. A new 8000 square foot hangar was built just two doors way. The new hangar features a large 70 foot wide door, heated concrete floor and lots of windows.
As the company has grown so has the number of staff. Today there are six technicians employed full time.
Today the company still services a large variety of aircraft types from Cessna 150 through Cessna Caravan on amphibious floats to a Cessna Citation and is factory authorized for Cirrus, Diamond and Mooney aircraft.
When Jake Beintema joined the company in 1999 he brought with him a wealth of experience. Jake had previously managed the engine repair and overhaul division of Diamond Aircraft Industries. While at Diamond Jake was responsible for the repair and overhaul of Rotax engines used in the Diamond DA 20 aircraft. Jake’s arrival brought five years of Rotax experience to the company. Today the company carries out wide variety of repairs to Rotax engines for many private and commercial operators.