VINTAGE WINGS OF CANADA
Born in the Slovak Republic, Maintenance Manager of Vintage Wings of Canada, Andrej Janik, immigrated to Canada with his family in 1980. They settled in Southern Ontario, near Hamilton, which is where Andrej’s love of aviation began.
Andrej spent some time in the Canadian Forces, including a United Nations tour in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Later, he took aircraft maintenance engineer training at Centennial College. Andrej apprenticed at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, gaining valuable experience on aircraft such as the Avro Lancaster. He worked at Kelowna Flightcraft for a time where he worked on Boeing 727s while attaining his Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence and private pilot’s licence. He developed a part-time business into a full-time Transport Canada AMO and flight training unit. Andrej has maintained his own fleet of general aviation aircraft used for flight training as well as privately owned Warbirds, such as the Russell Group’s ME-109E4 Messerschmitt, Spitfire Mk IX, Hurricane Mk XII and Harvard IIB.
Andrej’s experience and superb skills in the Warbird world did not go unnoticed by Vintage Wings of Canada. Recruited by them, he soon rose to take over the direction and oversight of the complex maintenance programs where he enjoys the diversity and challenges of maintaining a variety of classic aircraft and engine types. The organizational skills he developed while running his own business have proven to be a good match in leading a team of full-time AMEs and skilled volunteers working on various projects in the hangar, including Hawk One, their prized Canadair F-86 Sabre 5.