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Brent Holomis owned a Birdman Chinook WT2S two-seat ultralight and when Birdman Enterprises went out of business in late 1987 it left Chinook owners without a source of parts. ASAP was founded by Holomis in 1988, initially the company was to provide Chinook parts, but Holomis proceeded to redesign the Chinook with assistance from Dr David Marsden at the University of Alberta, who had been involved in the first Chinook design. In 1989 ASAP unveiled the improved ASAP Chinook Plus 2. With the acquisition of Canadian Ultralight Manufacturing in St Paul, Alberta who had manufactured the earlier Chinook WT11 and WT2S, the Chinook Plus 2 was placed into production.
In 1992 Spectrum Aircraft of Surrey, British Columbia, the manufacturer of the Spectrum Beaver aircraft line, went out of business and the following year ASAP began making parts for the existing RX-28, RX-35 and RX-550 Beaver fleet. In 1996, after a similar development program to the Chinook Plus 2, ASAP introduced an improved two-seat Beaver, designated the RX-550 Plus. In 2000 ASAP introduced the Beaver SS (single seat) to replace the RX-28 and RX-35 single seat Beavers that had gone out of production with Spectrum's 1992 demise.


ASAP at one time owned GSC Propellers who made a line of wooden blade, aluminum hub, ground adjustable propellers for the ultralight aircraft market. Founded in 1984 GSC Propellers initially operated from the ASAP Vernon facility. The company was sold in 2000 and, while still located in Vernon, changed its name to GSC Systems in 2004.
In the late 1990s ASAP decided to develop a line of aluminum-framed powered parachutes. These were developed and are manufactured in-house at ASAP, but marketed by a separate division, Summit Powered Parachutes International. The models presently consist of the two place Summit 2 and the single-seat Summit SS.


ASAP also designed two welded steel tube-frame powered parachute models especially for the US market. These are manufactured by ASAP and marketed by another corporate division, Steel Breeze Powered Parachutes. This division offered two models, the Steel Breeze Two Place and the United States ultralight category FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles compliant 103 Mini Steel Breeze.


The corporate division, www.ppccanopies.com sells powered parachute and powered paraglider canopies, while www.ulparts.com provides engines and ultralight parts. ASAP itself provides parts for the legacy Birdman Chinook and Spectrum Beaver aircraft fleets.


1995-8: Box 995, Vernon, BC, V1T 6N2 Canada.

 


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