SkyLink Aviation, the Canadian company that has gained a global reputation for the rapid deployment of people and oversized cargo to their destination anywhere on the planet, is now poised to offer its services to the Alberta oil patch. “SkyLink Aviation recently conducted a major airlift of military equipment and personnel from Edmonton International Airport to Afghanistan and across Canada,” says Chris Gillanders, Sky-Link’s Western Regional Manager. “To accomplish this feat, we used the Russian built Antonov AN-124, the world’s largest cargo aircraft with a payload of 120 tons, and charted passenger aircraft. Within a 48-hour request period, Sky-Link Aviation arranged for seven passenger aircraft flights and eight Antonov AN-124 flights, and coordinated the logistics of the operation.” Gillanders, a professional commercial pilot and native Albertan, has an extensive background with the infantry of the Canadian Armed Forces. He has spent several years managing international emergency response programs for the United Nations, and global logistics management, in some of the world’s most dangerous and demanding environments.