Investing in the Aerospace of Tomorrow

Volatus Aerospace began as a privately held business incubator helping start-ups and early development companies in the aerospace sector. Over time, the company has emerged as a platform enterprise actively consolidating a network of commercial ventures in the area of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, also known as Drones or UAV’s. Combining this development with existing activities in conventional fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, Volatus will offer the Total Aerial Solution.

Through formal partnerships, alliances, and M&A activities, Volatus creates value by harnessing a growing, scalable network of talent and resources in one of today’s fastest-growing industries.

Strong, Experienced Management

Experienced leadership with a proven track record in the aviation and aerospace sectors act as a magnet to attract top industry participants to the Volatus platform. Complementary entities adding scope and scale drive added value, profitability, and competitive dominance throughout the group.

Infrastructure Support

Comprehensive infrastructure through well defined, innovative systems is a powerful part of the Volatus offering. Communication, data management, shared market intelligence, and a refined Management Information System delivers a competitive advantage by ensuring top performance throughout the group.

Volatus offers a wide range of support

  • Business networking opportunities
    • Regulatory approval support and compliance
  • Accounting, budgeting, and financial management
  • Distribution, sales, design and marketing
  • Links to strategic partners
  • Intellectual property management
  • Advisory boards and mentorship
  • Management team development and support
  • Commercialization assistance

Tailored Support

Volatus Aerospace exists to create value across its member companies. Our success is assured by turning potential connections into transactions and delivering support in a way that is beneficial to all participants. The rules that govern our collective interaction and the tools and services that facilitate transactions ensure that all Volatus members generate and exchange value to achieve growth overall.

Our Leadership Team

Ian McDougall

Ian McDougall has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. Past positions include CEO and accountable executive positions in three Toronto based commercial aircraft operating companies and later as group chairman of a consortium of operating, maintenance, leasing and services companies including Partner Jet, UYJ Aviation, Delta-Mike Inc., Mx Aerospace, Flight Solutions and Services (FSS) Inc., (including FSS Lease Finance). He is the former C.E.O. of Learjet Canada.

A former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (2005-2009), Ian has served on a variety of OEM product advisory panels including Cessna-Textron and Embraer.

A lawyer by training, Ian is a current member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has provided a wide range of professional commercial and strategic advice and negotiation assistance in support of acquisitions and financing along with extensive professional M&A experience, equipment and material procurement, and commercial joint ventures in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. He was a former advisor to the federal Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources re: Amoco-Dome acquisition, Petro-Canada privatization, & Air Canada privatization. Clients have included investment dealers, merchant banks and mezzanine financial suppliers, domestic and international aerospace companies and more.

Ian studied at Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Simon Fraser University. He was the director of the joint Osgoode-Shulich JD/MBA Program from 1994-2006 and was the Lecturer on the Law of Corporate Governance and Advanced Corporate Finance from 1986-2004 at the law school.

Ian is also a multi-rated fixed-wing and helicopter pilot.

Luc Massé

Following the completion of a Marketing & Business Law degree Luc has over 40 years of aviation experience both in business aircraft operations and with manufacturing companies. His early career includes 23 years at Bombardier Aerospace in contract negotiation and management, business development, marketing and strategic planning. The development and launch of the Challenger 604/605 and Global Express aircraft by Bombardier was the result of the strategic orientation process managed by Luc.

Luc left Bombardier to assume executive positions a two aircraft management companies, Skyservice Aviation and Starlink Aviation. At Skyservice, he re-structured the aircraft management program and contributed to the managed fleet growth from 6 aircraft to 53 in 8 years, with the distinction of not losing one client to a competitor. Similar growth and success were achieved at Starlink Aviation over 3 years. Luc joined Partner Jet earlier this year to lead the company in its next phase of growth.

Over the years, Luc has counseled owners in the acquisition and sale of over 50 business aircraft, to ensure the right transportation solution for each particular need.

Portfolio

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Volatus Flight Systems

Aircraft Manufacturing

Volatus Flight Systems designs, manufactures, and certifies Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for VLOS and BVLOS operations. The flagship aircraft, the E100 and M100, are leading the advancements in remotely piloted aircraft technology.

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M3 Drone Training Zone Inc.

RPAS Ground School

M3 Drone Training Zone provides training for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or simply drones.

The company is registered with Transport Canada as RPAS Ground School training experts and has helped over 1000 drone operators acquire their drone pilot certification since 2016. M3 instructors are professionals in aviation and education offering courses in English, French, and Spanish.

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M3 Drone Services Ltd.

National Drone Service Provider

M3 Drone Services specializes in the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or simply drones. The company is at the forefront of the industry with a network of pilots and equipment. and expert trainers to meet your aerial requirements.

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Skygate Video Inc.

Leading Videography and Drone Services provider

Skygate Videography Inc. and Drone Services is a Prince Edward Island company, committed to supporting local businesses and promoting the Island’s natural beauty for the benefit of our tourism, culture, and development. Skygate provides professional drone support services and RPAS training throughout the Maritimes and beyond, and can deliver high-quality RPAS operations Worldwide, with cost-effective solutions to suit your needs.

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Volatus Drones

UAV Innovation Portal

Volatus Drones is an Integrated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solution provider offering services from Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) design and manufacturing to complete system integration, testing, production and certification.

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FSS Creative Corp.

Creative Project Management & Office Support

FSS Creative believes in supporting entrepreneurs in their growth by offering them an experience that alleviates the struggles growth brings. We believe in small and medium businesses are the backbone of the economy and that in supporting them, we support all of us.

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Flight Solutions and Services (FSS) Inc.

Business Aviation Support

Flight Services and Solutions (FSS) exists to provide support for smaller aircraft operators having limited resources by providing contracted back-office services such as fuel and services purchasing/management, operating cost analysis, flight planning and flight following support, overseeing of pilot training programs, and maintenance provider oversight and support. FSS also provides support to RPAS and Unmanned Vehicle operators navigate the regulatory maze and obtain the approvals necessary to achieve their objectives.

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FSS Lease Finance

Industry-specific Asset-Based and Structured Lease Finance Products

FSS Lease Finance has provided asset-based and structured lease finance products, from large intercontinental corporate aircraft to smaller helicopter categories, since 2008.

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Partner Jet Inc.

Aircraft Management and Charter Flights

Industry-leading business aviation solutions for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. PartnerJet is a Transport Canada approved private and commercial operator with a worldwide scope of operations.

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