Five new NRC programs to support Canadian aerospace industry with innovative technologies

June 18, 2013— Paris, France

John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada, sitting in the A350 cockpit, at the Paris Air Show (Paris, France).

John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada, sitting in the A350 cockpit, at the Paris Air Show (Paris, France).

As aircraft manufacturers from around the world strive to develop innovative technologies to overcome important challenges, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has announced five new programs to support the Canadian aerospace industry.

"Canada has a long history of conducting research, performing technical services, and developing technology solutions to support the Canadian aerospace industry," said Jerzy Komorowski, General Manager of the Aerospace portfolio at the National Research Council of Canada. "These new programs target challenges faced by the global aerospace sector."

Two of the programs focus on improving travellers’ safety and comfort. One aims to create a more comfortable and safe journey for air travel passengers and crew members by using new technologies to improve the flight experience. The other will help airlines detect, classify, and prevent icing threats with the development of processes and facilities for the demonstration and certification of innovative technologies.

Three more programs focus on the market delivery and effective regulations of innovative technologies. The third program aims to reduce the costs and environmental impact of operating air defence fleets by developing, testing and implementing new technology in Canada. The fourth will reduce the cost and risks associated with the development and testing of innovative aeronautical products and speed-up the delivery to market. The last program will address the technological, regulatory and demonstration challenges associated with adopting unmanned aircraft systems for civilian use.

The National Research Council will utilize its expertise, advanced equipment, and state-of-the-art facilities to support industry in developing these technological solutions and solving these aerospace challenges, as well as delivering them to civilian and military markets.

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