News Archive 2013

€200 million earmarked for marine research in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in 2014-2015 (Marine Institute, Dec. 20, 2013). About €200 million has been earmarked specifically for marine research and innovation in the first two years (2014/2015) of the EU’s seven year Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020). In addition, significant other funding opportunities for marine research and innovation exist under the various generic headings (i.e. food, transport, energy, environment, climate change, security, etc.).

FLYHT Signs and Ships Dragon™ to Launch Customer (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., December 10, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce the sale and shipment of five of its recently released Dragon products to DAC Aviation International Ltee./DAC Aviation (EA) Ltd.

Industry Minister James Moore announces new measures in response to Emerson Report on Space (AIAC, December 2, 2013). In a speech at the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal, Industry Minister James Moore delivered the government’s response to the 2012 report by the Honourable David Emerson on programs and policies relating to space, announcing several initiatives to begin implementing the Report’s recommendations.

AFIRS Selected by Datang Mobile Aviation Group for ARJ21 OEM Install (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., December 3, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. are pleased to announce that we have agreed to provide through Datang Mobile Aviation division, the AFIRS(TM) 228 real-time data communications and SATCOM solution complete with FLYHTStream.

FLYHT Signs New AFIRS Contract With First South American Customer (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., November 12, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. is pleased to report today that it has signed a contract with a South American cargo airline for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System.

FLYHT Signs New AFIR Contract With Eastern European Airline (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., November 4, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. reported today that it has signed a contract with an eastern European airline for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System. The contract requires FLYHT to install the AFIRS on four Boeing 757.

Brican Flight Systems’ TD100 Named ‘Platform of Choice’ for the National Research Council of Canada UAV Development Program (Brican Flight Systems, October 31, 2013). Brican Flight Systems, one of Canada’s leading innovators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, today announced a landmark partnership agreement with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Fort McMurray airport gambles on Las Vegas (Edmonton Journal, October 31, 2013). Twice-weekly service the goal for country's fastest-growing terminal

Air Seychelles signs fleet deal with Viking Air (eTurboNews Inc.,October 29, 2013). Air Seychelles today announced the purchase of three Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, in a deal which will see the carrier renew its domestic fleet. The new aircraft will be used for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate.

YYC Welcomes Air Canada's Capacity Increase on Two Key European Markets (Calgary Airport Authority, October 9, 2013). The Calgary Airport Authority is pleased by Air Canada's decision to invest in the Alberta market by significantly increasing seat capacity for summer 2014. Air Canada will up -gauge aircraft on both Calgary-London and Calgary-Frankfurt to a B-777-300 offering 349 seats daily.

Villeneuve Airport upgrades will allow for medevac flights (Edmonton Journal, October 10, 2013). The Villeneuve Airport is lengthening one of its two runways and installing a sophisticated landing system so it can accept medevac flights carrying patients. The instrument landing system will allow airplanes to land at night and in bad weather, while the 5,000-foot runway — 1,500 feet longer than the other 3,500-foot strip — also increases safe landings and takeoffs at the airport about 33 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

New Flyer to supply Calgary Transit with 150 buses Xcelsior heavy duty buses (The Canadian Press, September 30, 2013). New Flyer Industries Inc. says it has been awarded a contract by Calgary Transit for 150 Xcelsior heavy-duty, clean diesel buses. Production on the 40-foot vehicles is expected to begin in the fourth quarter, with all of the buses expected to be delivered by the end of 2014.

Boeing celebrates Canadian supplier partners as 787-0 completes first flight (Boeing, September 23, 2013). Canadian industry plays valuable role on second member of the world's most innovative airplane family.  

Cargo an important commodity for Edmonton airport (Edmonton Journal, September 25, 2013). Most people might think of the Edmonton International Airport as a place for moving only passengers, but on Wednesday the facility announced two new projects to boost its cargo-handling capabilities.

FireSmart funding will help protect forest communities (Government of Alberta, September 27, 2013). Eligible Alberta municipalities can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help protect human lives and property from wildfires.

WestJet announces definitive purchase agreement for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (WestJet, September 26, 2013). WestJet announced today it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 65 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing. This order was previously announced on August 29, 2013 as a letter of intent to purchase.

EDA of Southeast Alberta Receives National Marketing Award (EDA of Southeast Alberta, September 26, 2013). In addition to the National Marketing Award, the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta won four more marketing awards, among them a sustainable marketing initiative award and an event award for the iUVS Virtual Conference 2012.

Aircraft Markets In An Age Of Extremes (Teal Group Corporation, Sept 4, 2013). A presentation by Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis of the Teal Group Corporation, to the Ibternational Trade Branch, Onatrio Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

FLYHT signs new deal with Nigerian Airline (FLYHT, September 23, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has signed a contract with a Nigerian airline for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System 220.

Lightweight, quiet jet takes on Boeing and Airbus (CNN, September 17, 2013). Two heavyweights dominate the high-capacity commercial aviation industry -- Boeing and Airbus. Now the world's third-largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft is touting an apparently lighter and quieter plane that it hopes will cut into the giants' market share for narrow body, medium-range commercial jets.

Statement by the Honourable James Moore on the 700 MHz Wireless Spectrum Auction (Government of Canada, September 23, 2013).

ITRES September Newsletter (ITRES, September 2013) NASA JPL Purchases CASI, New UV Mapper Delivered to Latvia, and other stories.

Bombardier's CSeries jet takes to the sky in maiden flight (The Canadian Press, September 16, 2013). Bombardier’s CSeries commercial aircraft took off to cheers on its maiden flight Monday morning, shortly before 9 a.m. ET.

FLYHT's AFIRS To Be A Standard In C-27J Search and Rescue Aircraft (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., September 5, 2013). Today it was announced that FLYHT has been selected as a partner in Team Spartan.

Harper Government Launches Key Aerospace and Defence Program (Government of Canada, September 4, 2013). The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced the launch of the new Technology Demonstration Program, a key Economic Action Plan 2013 commitment. This program will fund large-scale technology demonstration projects that typically require the integration of several different technologies and the coordination of activities of many partners.

Non-stop flights from Edmonton to Reykjavik Iceland real time savers (Edmonton Journal, September 4, 2013). Edmonton’s new non-stop air service to Iceland is being dubbed “Reykja-Quick” for its promise of saving travellers time on trips to Europe.

Finding next gen achievers (WINGS Magazine, August 30, 2013). Calgary's Chris Schaefer, General Manager of Bell Helicopter recognized by WINGS Magazine as one of industry's Top 10 under 40. 

Alberta goes to DSEI (Government of Alberta, August 29, 2013). Canada’s presence at the Europe at the Defence & Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) will include approximately 65 Canadian firms. Alberta will feature 8 organizations. Download Alberta's profile guide of Alberta organizations. Visit the Canadian Pavilion in Hall N4-145 at ExCel London, UK.

WestJet announces intent to purchase 65 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (WestJet, August 29, 2013) WestJet announced today it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase 65 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing, consisting of 40 737 MAX 8 and 25 737 MAX 7 aircraft, with delivery scheduled to begin in September 2017.

Ambitious space plan could mean first Canadian on the moon (The Canadian Press, August 25, 2013). Canada could be sending its first astronaut to the moon under an ambitious long-term plan being developed by a group of space agencies around the world.

WestJet, China Southern move to code-share (WestJet, August 6, 2013). WestJet today announced it has entered into a code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines (CZ). China Southern Airlines will now begin marketing and distributing WestJet-operated flights.

Alberta-Nevada (MOU) Memorandum of Understanding-UVS (July 29, 2013). The State of Nevada and Province of Alberta have signed an agreement to jointly pursue trade and research opportunities in the Unmanned Vehicles sector. To learn more, read the following articles:

Sikorsky Innovations Launches a Transformed Enterpreneurial Challenge to Embrace Entrepreneurial Agility (Sikorsky Innovations, July 30, 2013).  To introduce more opportunities for entrepreneurs to contribute to aerospace innovation, Sikorsky Innovations today announced it has launched its 4th Entrepreneurial Challenge, a competition to accelerate companies and individuals with applications in the vertical flight market.

Vector, L-3 Gain AS332 Flight Data Recorder STC (Aviation Today, August 1, 2013). Canadian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Vector Aerospace is partnering with L-3 Vertex Aerospace on an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) program involving a cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) for the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma.

One Giant Leap for Unmanned-kind (Federal Aviation Administration, July 26, 2013). The Federal Aviation Administration has issued restricted category type certificates to a pair of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a milestone that will lead to the first approved commercial UAS operations later this summer.

Total Component Support for Bombardier Q400 of WestJet Encore (Lufthansa Technik, July 17, 2013). WestJet Encore, WestJet's new regional carrier, has signed a Total Component Support TCS® deal with Lufthansa Technik to provide component repair and pool access support for its new and growing fleet of Q400s.

Alberta-Germany Collaboration Fund Symposium 2013 (BioAlberta, July 11, 2013). The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) is currently inviting expressions of interest from Alberta small and medium-sized companies for a three-day symposium in Germany, in November 2013. Applications are due July 20, 2013.

Air Canada to launch service to Red Deer, AB connecting Central Alberta to international network (Air Canada, July 10, 2013). Air Canada announced today it will commence scheduled service to Red Deer, Alberta on September 3, 2013 with three daily flights from Red Deer Airport to Calgary. Flights will be operated by Air Georgian under the Air Canada Express brand, using 18-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

Expanding Air Links with China (Government of Canada, July 4, 2013). Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the successful conclusion of an expanded air transport agreement with China. The amendments to the agreement will give airlines the flexibility to offer more travel options and help Canadian airports attract new flight links, which will help to create economic opportunities in Canada and China.

FLYHT Receives BOEING 777 Activation STC from Federal Aviation Administration for AFIRS 228 (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, June 26, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. reported today that it has received an activation Supplemental Type Certificate for its Automated Flight Information Reporting System 228 on the Boeing 777 model aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Harper Government Supports Unmanned Systems Development in Southeast Alberta (Western Economic Diversification Canada, March 13, 2013). The Harper Government is supporting Western Canada's unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) sector through an investment that aims to improve competitiveness and productivity for the aerospace and defence industry. A federal investment of $227,079 through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) was announced today by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

WestJet receives keys to new planes as it begins planning for 'march east' (Calgary Herald, June 7, 2013). With a little more than two weeks to go before the planned launch of its new regional airline Encore, WestJet Airlines officially took the keys to its first two Bombardier Q400 planes at a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday.

Minister Paradis Promotes Harper Government's Actions to Strengthen Aerospace SMEs in Canada(Goverment of Canada, May 23, 2013). The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today addressed an Aéro Montréal event, where he highlighted the Harper Government's support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the aerospace industry.

Villeneuve Airport strives for excellence: Runway extension work now underway (St. Albert Gazette, May 14, 2013). Upgrades to Villeneuve Airport will make it a flight centre of excellence and the most significant general aviation airport in the Capital region.

CDR Names MTSC Canada's # 1 Defence Company For 2013 (Canadian Defence Review, May 1, 2013). Canada's top defence and military magazine, CANADIAN DEFENCE REVIEW, has released its annual survey and ranking of defence companies in Canada. Meggitt Training Systems Canada, a world leading provider of unmanned air, land and sea vehicle targets based in Medicine Hat, Alberta has been ranked Canada’s # 1 Defence Company for 2013.

FLYHT Announces Half Million Dollar Contract With A Maldivian Airline (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, May 15, 2013). Today FLYHT announced that it has signed a contract with a scheduled Maldivian airline that provides service to the Republic of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean.

Minister Fast Marks New Canada-EU Partnership at Europe Day Celebrations (Government of Canada, May 9, 2013). The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today celebrated Europe Day by marking Canada’s entry into the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), an initiative that will provide Canadian businesses with a one-stop point of access for information, contacts and resources for business opportunities in the European market. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has been named Canada’s lead organization in the EEN.

WestJet once again Canada's most attractive employer (WestJet, May 3, 2013). WestJet is celebrating being named Canada's most attractive employer for the second year in a row, according to the annual award given by Randstad Canada, a staffing, recruitment and HR company.

FLYHT Receives Purchase Order for Seven Military Transport Aircraft (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., May 3, 2013). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. is pleased to report that it has received a purchase order from a major avionics integrator for AFIRS 228 equipment for seven Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft owned and operated by a middle eastern country's air force

Alberta's Associate Exhibitor Guide for The Paris Airshow (Government of Alberta). Alberta will be exhibiting at the upcoming Paris Air Show under the Western Canada Aerospace & Defence Industries Consortium banner in the Canadian Pavilion.

Alaskan Trials of TSR-1800 Conducted: Coastal, ocean, and tundra SAR detection flights illustrate system's automated detection capabilities (ITRES Research Ltd., March 27, 2013). North Slope Borough Search and Rescue (NSB-SAR) of Barrow, Alaska, conducted their first operational test of their new ITRES TSR-1800 system. Through these trials the system's ability to automatically detect people and vehicles (snowmobiles, trucks) on ground, or objects and animals in the water was demonstrated.

Edmonton engineering students charged up over zero-emission car (Edmonton Journal, March 18, 2013). University of Alberta engineering students are aiming for the moon — or at least an international mileage record — in this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon next month in Houston. The students will unveil their entry Monday morning, a single-seat vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

ATCO Structures & Logistics Awarded Contract for Department of National Defence (Marketwire, February 15, 2013). ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd. (ATCO) announced that it has been awarded a facilities and operations management contract with Defence Construction Canada (DCC), which provides construction contract management and related infrastructure services to the Department of National Defence (DND).

Lockheed Martin Acquires Assets of CDL Systems Ltd. (Lockheed Martin, December 2012). Lockheed Martin has acquired substantially all of the assets of CDL Systems Ltd., a software engineering firm that specializes in the development and licensing of vehicle control station software for unmanned systems.

U.S. sequestration will hurt Canadian aviation industry (The Canadian Press, February 25, 2013). Lengthy lineups at the Canada-U.S. border. Long flight delays. A loss of lucrative American business contracts. The much-heralded Beyond the Border initiatives placed on the back burner indefinitely. Canada will feel the sting if U.S. Congress fails this week to avert what's known as sequestration, an array of massive, mandated spending cuts to a host of federal departments and agencies aimed at slashing America's $16 trillion national debt.

Group planning airport for Parkland County (Edmonton Journal, February 16, 2013). The Parkland Airport Development Corp. wants to build an airport on farmland south of Highway 16A and west of Highway 60, about five minutes west of Anthony Henday Drive. The idea is to give pilots and businesses displaced by the looming closure of the Edmonton City Centre Airport a convenient place to relocate.

Defense minister announces funding for aerospace program at U of A (Global Edmonton, February 17, 2013) The Government of Canada and Lockheed Martin are sharing in the development costs of an aerospace training program at the University of Alberta that will benefit engineering students.

WestJet to launch Encore in June (The Canadian Press, February 11, 2013). WestJet Airlines says it will launch its new Encore regional service using Bombardier turboprops in Western Canada beginning in June. The airline will begin with daily flights between Fort St. John, B.C. and Vancouver, and Fort St. John and Calgary with its first two 78-seat Q400 turboprops.

Harnessing the Power of Canada-Israel S&T Collaboration to Develop Energy Solutions for Domestic and Global Markets (Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation, February 13, 2013). The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) and Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel Launch New Canada-Israel Energy Science and Technology Fund.

RCMP expanding use of unmanned mini-helicopters (Postmedia News, January 28, 2013). The RCMP says it's prepared to spend $270,000 to buy three small remote-controlled aircrafts, called Qubes, from California-based company AeroVironment Inc.

Feature On FLYHT: Calgary Firm’s Stampede Towards Safety And Efficiency (January 28, 2013). FLYHT is featured in the January – March 2013 edition of African Aerospace Online News Service. The article points to the main features and benefits that has made AFIRS™ so appealing to the African airline industry.

AIAC Guide to Canada's Aerospace Industry now available as enhanced digital magazine (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, January 28, 2013). The 2012-13 AIAC Guide to Canada’s Aerospace Industry is now available on AIAC's website in an enhanced digital format.

Northwestern Air Adds New Service to Red Deer Airport Red Deer-Kelowna-Abbotsford - 5 Days a Week (Red Deer Airport, January 25, 2013). Starting March 3, 2013 Northwestern Air will have new scheduled service out of the Red Deer Airport to Abbotsford 5 days per week. The new service will be an extension of the Red Deer / Kelowna / Red Deer route. The route will begin in Red Deer and fly direct to Kelowna and then continue on to Abbotsford. The return route will be Abbotsford / Kelowna / Red Deer.