Auyuittuq Aviation

Auyuittuq Aviation Inc. is the Qikiqtaaluk’s premier Inuit-owned helicopter provider serving Baffin Island. Its ownership includes a group of business savvy Inuit investors who control 68% of the company as well as minority owners Air Tindi and Great Slave Helicopters, each of which own a 16% stake in the company. All fixed-wing flight operations for Auyuittuq Aviation are conducted by its minority partner Air Tindi.


Pronounced “Ah-you-we-took” the company takes its name from Auyuittuq National Park located on the Cumberland Peninsula. Auyuittuq means "land that does not melt" in Inuktitut.

This partnership is well positioned to support mineral exploration activities, search and rescue missions, wildlife surveys, land and water surveys and other applications.

Under the leadership of President Simon Merkosak, Auyuittuq Aviation is a federally incorporated joint-venture company based in Iqaluit, NU, where it has an office and separate airside hangar facility to properly support its customers. Auyuittuq Aviation is an Inuit Firm pursuant to Article 24 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. It is also registered under the Government of Nunavut’s Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti (NNI) policy as a Nunavut-based business.

As a Nunavut-based, majority Inuit-owned business, Auyuittuq Aviation has a core philosophy that contracts awarded to companies in Nunavut should be awarded in a way that ensures an open and fair process for all Nunavummiut. It is committed to creating training and employment opportunities for Inuit.

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