Research aircraft fleet

The NRC maintains a fleet of highly specialized and customizable rotary and fixed-wing research aircraft to assist industry with the testing and demonstration of aeronautical technologies in the areas of airborne research, flight mechanics and avionics. Our facilities are also used to support pilot education and certifications.

Our aircraft are housed in Ottawa but we travel all over the world to meet our clients' needs.

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What we offer

The NRC's fleet of aircraft includes:

Why work with us

The NRC is a well established flight testing centre with decades of experience and world-class expertise to support industry in bringing new technologies to market more rapidly while meeting forthcoming regulatory and environmental standards. We support Canadian avionics manufacturers on advanced technologies that will be used in next-generation aircraft and modern helicopter cockpits. Side-arm controllers, programmable head down displays, speech I/O and helmet-mounted displays are some of the technologies being demonstrated and perfected in our realistic airborne simulator.

We are constantly developing and improving the on-board installations of our aircraft to meet the latest technological needs of our clients, putting them at the forefront of aeronautical research. All of our aircraft are supported by an experienced technical team who conduct focused and responsive airborne research and experimentation.


We offer fee-for-service testing at competitive rates that include the support of research pilots, technical experts and engineers. Depending on the nature of a client's request, we also offer research and business opportunities that can translate into collaborative agreements or consortia work. Contact us to discuss your options and develop a customized plan to fit your technology needs.

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Contact us

Dean Flanagan,
Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-990-8319

Related information

Aerospace Research Centre


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