News Archive 2014

Aerospace industry applauds release of Value Proposition Guide for Defence Procurement Strategy (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, December 19, 2014). Today the government released a Value Proposition Guide that provides clarity and direction for companies who will be preparing bids under the rules set out by the new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).

CCUVS Trains its 500th Student in Safe Operation of Unmanned Aircraft System (CCUVS, December 1, 2014). Today the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) announced that it reached an educational milestone by training its 500th student in safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  

Transport Canada Releases Details of new UAV exemptions (Government of Canada, November 28, 2014). Transport Canada today introduced two new exemptions that make it easier for businesses to fly small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) safely and legally.

For additional details see:

  • Transport Canada: UAV Standards
  • Transport Canada: Advisory Circular No. 600-004

    Notice of Change: South-Eastern Alberta Establishment of Class F (restricted) Airspace (NAV CANADA, November 27, 2014). NAV CANADA, the country’s provider of civil air navigation services, has completed an aeronautical study to review the requirement to establish Class F (restricted) special use airspace (CYR) in south-eastern Alberta for the purpose of conducting beyond-line-of-sight flight tests of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UAV operations will be based at the Foremost, AB aerodrome located approximately 50NM east of Lethbridge, AB.

    David C. Curtis, Viking Air Limited President and CEO, elected AIAC Board Chair (AIAC, November 18, 2014). The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is pleased to announce the election of David C. Curtis as Chair of the Board of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for 2014-2015.

    Partnership to help build a new era of electronics (University of Alberta, October 28, 2014). UAlberta’s world-leading nanotech research attracts support from an industry giant to usher in atomic-scale computing technology.

    Federal Minister Raitt launches national campaign on drone safety (Government of Canada, October 21, 2014). The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today launched the Government of Canada's safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones. The national campaign will help ensure UAV users—both recreational and commercial—understand the rules of the skies and always think safety first.

    The lowdown on drones (Alberta Farmer Express, October 21, 2014). AARD – Drones have been used by the military and by hobbyists for years, but now unmanned aerial vehicles designed to do a range of everyday jobs are finding a place in agriculture.

    Alberta firm 4Front Robotics in semi-finals for international drone competition (October 16, 2014). 4Front Robotics has qualified to the semi-finals stage of the "UAE Drones For Good" International Category where more than 350 highly competitive submissions were received from around the world.

    First in Canada for unmanned aviation (July 24, 2014) The Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) announced it has received the necessary approvals to manage a permanent area of Restricted Airspace in Southeast Alberta that is being created for the purpose of flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

    Cathay Pacific strengthens cargo presence in Canada with new freighter service to Calgary (July 16, 2014). Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will boost its freighter services to and from Canada with a new twice-weekly scheduled service to Calgary commencing on 17 October 2014, subject to government approval.

    A showcase for western Canadian innovation (Vanguard, June 11, 2014). Every July for the past four years, hundreds of aerospace, defence and security (ADS) industry representatives have gathered in Calgary, Alberta for WestDef, Western Canada’s premier defence and security conference.

    Police drone pilot project set to take off (St. Alberta Leader, May 22, 2014). The EPS Traffic Section will soon be using their own UAVs for serious collision investigations.

    Canadian North plans new pilot training centre at Edmonton International Airport (Edmonton Journal, April 29 2014). A new pilot training centre that Canadian North is building at the Edmonton International Airport means the airline will no longer have to send its pilots out of the country for training.

    Government releases first Defence Acquisitions Guide (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, June 16, 2014). Today the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, released the government’s first Defence Acquisitions Guide (DAG), which identifies potential procurement projects that the Canadian Armed Forces is expecting to require over the next 5, 10, and 20 years. The Guide will be released annually going forward.

    Alberta and Lockheed Martin move solutions to markets (Edmonton Journal, May 29, 2014). Renowned technology company, Lockheed Martin, will work with Alberta’s innovators to accelerate commercialization of game-changing technology thanks to a new agreement with the Alberta government.

    WestJet applauds Transport Canada decision on PEDs (WestJet, May 26, 2014). WestJet announced today it will apply to Transport Canada for an exemption to allow guests greater use of their portable electronic devices (PEDs) during flights. The move follows word that the regulator will allow expanded use of PEDs in Canada.

    Alberta @ Farnborough International Air Show 2014 (Government of Alberta, May 13, 2014). Alberta organizations will be featured at the upcoming Farnborough International Air Show from July 14-18, 2014, under the Western Canada Aerospace & Defence Industries Consortium banner in the Canadian Pavilion, Hall 4, Stand C18a

    Let's Talk Exports Cross Canada Tour (EDC, April 22, 2014). Export Development Canada (EDC) is offering a Let's Talk Exports presentation in 17 cities across Canada, including Calgary (May 14) and Edmonton (May 15). The presentation will discuss opportunities and risks fo 2014-2015, the export outlook for industries, provincial level oppoertunities, and tips to success in the gloabl marketplace.

    National network for aerospace collaboration and innovation launched (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, April 17, 2014). Today the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is pleased to announce the official creation of the new Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), a national aerospace research collaboration network.

    Canada-EU research collaboration projects to be included in new national research network (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, April 17, 2014). Canadian aeronautics R&D firms will soon be able to partner with European Union counterparts on projects of mutual interest and benefit under the newly created Canadian Aerospace Research and Innovation Consortium (CARIC).

    Canadian Exporters and Manufacturers are hosting numerous exporting webinars through May and June (April 17, 2014). Webinars include information about exporting to Mexico, Korea, the United States, Europe and more.

    First Air Leads the Industry with the Adoption of Automatically Triggered Data Streaming (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., April 15, 2014). First Air, is adding FLYHTStream’s automatically triggered, real-time data and live black box streaming capability to its current fleet of B737, ATR and B767 aircraft.

    Alberta – Ontario collaborate to commercialize (Government of Alberta, April 9, 2014). Alberta and Ontario are teaming up with industry to develop research projects with strong commercialization and economic potential.

    Canadian technology and the flight of the drones (The Globe and Mail, April 6, 2014). Quietly – and overshadowed by the technology’s much more well-documented and controversial military uses – the commercial drone industry is booming. 

    Minister Finley Announces the Establishment of an Interim Defence Analytics Institute (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, February 19, 2014). The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today participated in the Symposium on Making Defence Procurement Work for Canada, hosted by the University of Calgary and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, where she announced the establishment of an interim Defence Analytics Institute (DAI), a key component of Canada’s new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).

    FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. Takes Wing With Bombardier, Airbus Industries (Seeking Alpha, February 11, 2014). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has developed a satellite driven communications system that allows aircraft, crew and ground crew to communicate in real time (during flights) on a platform that incorporates data, text and voice deliverable to onboard and terrestrial devices (iPads, tablets, smart phones, etc.).

    Government of Canada launches tool to help Canadian businesses grow and create jobs (Government of Canada, December 2, 2014). Concierge Service to help SMEs access available government programs in one-stop shop

    EAS | NKI Wins at the 2013 inter airport Europe awards with Duo-Check (Evans Airport Solutions, October 9, 2013). The DUO-CHECK system which was given its official launch at the inter airport event in Munich is a self service check-in counter that can be used in either a ‘Self Check-In’ or ‘Assisted Check-In’ mode to ensure both business and non-experienced passengers are properly accommodated.

    Remarks for Space Policy Framework Announcement (Government of Canada, February 7, 2014). The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry for the Governmnet of Canada announced the launch of Canada's Space Policy Framework.

    Leveraging Defence Procurement to Create Jobs and Benefit the Economy (Government of Canada, February 5, 2014). The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, launched Canada's new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).

    Changes to Industry Canada's Antenna Tower Siting Policy (Government of Canada, February 5, 2014). The Honourable James Moore, Ministry of Industry for the Government of Canada delivers a speech about changes to the Antenna Tower Siting Policy.  

    WestJet named Value Airline of the Year (PR Newswire, January 13, 2014). WestJet today announced that Air Transport World has named it the 2014 Value Airline of the Year as part of the magazine's 40th annual global airlines industry achievement awards.

    Field Aviation Prepares to Flight Test Modified Challenger MSA (Canadian Skies, January 3, 2014). Field Aviation, having bet jointly with Boeing on the Bombardier Challenger 605 as the platform of choice for a new maritime surveillance aircraft, is preparing to flight test a demonstrator early in 2014.