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President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Canada is the world’s fifth largest aerospace producer, generating 160,000 jobs and $22 billion in sales in 2012. But to remain competitive in this critical export market, Canadian manufacturers need to produce aircraft that meet tough new environmental rules in Europe and many other countries. That’s where our strength in research and development is a major asset. In 2009, Canada’s major aerospace companies joined forces with suppliers, customers, and university and government researchers to develop lighter materials, alternative fuels and quieter engines for a new generation of greener airplanes, engines and avionic systems that will enter into service in 2015-2025.
The Green Aviation Research and Development Network is an industry-led consortium of 40 public and private sector partners, including industry heavyweights like Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Esterline CMC Electronics and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada. GARDN is targeting what it refers to as the “valley of death” in the innovation supply chain, which includes prototyping, testing and demonstration of early-stage, pre-competitive research on next-generation aircraft, engines and avionics systems. GARDN’s research program supported 17 projects during its first phase (2009-2014) on seven topics related to emissions reduction, noise reduction, aircraft operations, airport operations, alternative fuels, life cycle management, and materials and manufacturing processes. The network’s research program was refocused for its second phase around three main research thrusts (clean, quiet and sustainable air transportation systems). Thirteen projects have been selected.