AIAC announces 2018 winners of prestigious James C. Floyd Award, inaugural Industry Excellence Awards (AIAC, November 14, 2018). Viking Air Ltd. received the 2018 James C. Floyd Award.

WestJet again named Best Low-Cost Airline in North America (WestJet, November 13, 2018). WestJet today announced it has been recognized as the Best Low-Cost Airline – The Americas for 2018 for the second year in a row by

QinetiQ Target Systems and Canadian UAVS sign memorandum of understanding for commercial and military UAV services in Canada (EnergyNow Media, November 5, 2018). The agreement focusses on providing services to clients requiring long range, endurance and payload capacity primarily with the Skeldar V200, Mosquito UHV-T Group 2 UAV and the class 1 UAV Snyper.

Robird drone convinces bird flocks to move away from airports (UAS Magazine, November 7, 2018). Since mid-September, Aerium Analytics, Clear Flight Solutions and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working with the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, to lower the number of bird strikes at the Grand Forks International Airport.

WestJet signs strategic partnership agreement with ATCO (WestJet, November 5, 2018). WestJet announced today it has reached a multi-year agreement as the primary flight provider for ATCO and its employees beginning in early November.

WestJet adds new route to Barcelona, Spain (WestJet, October 30, 2018). WestJet today announced it will be adding Barcelona to its growing presence in Europe with three-times weekly, non-stop service between Toronto and Barcelona starting May 24, 2019 through October 21, 2019.

senseFly and IN-FLIGHT Data join forces for groundbreaking urban Beyond Visual-Line-Of-Sight (BVLOS) drone project in Calgary (senseFly, October 25, 2018). As the first BVLOS UAS operation permitted in a major North American city, the goal of the project was to demonstrate that BVLOS RPAS flights can be conducted safely and efficiently.

Sky's the limit as Calgary opens testing area for drones and new technologies (The Canadian Press, October 20, 2018). The city has set aside a 50-hectare site in its industrial southeast to offer airspace for an increasing demand from companies and educational institutions wanting to do mass tryouts of commercial drones.

WestJet announces new direct flights to Europe on Dreamliner aircraft (Calgary Herald, October 10, 2018). WestJet has announced three new direct flights to Europe out of Calgary International Airport, which president and CEO Ed Sims says will make the airline the first Canadian company to base Dreamliner aircraft out of Calgary.

Drone deployed to help rescue pair of youth ATVers stranded in muskeg near Rocky Mountain House (Calgary Herald, October 8, 2018). A successful search and rescue effort in west central Alberta turned up two youth who were stranded when their ATVs got stuck in muskeg.

Parker: Expanding Blackline Safety heading to larger quarters  (Calgary Herald, October 4, 2018). The new location will allow for more comfortable areas for Blackline’s pods of R&D, software, testing, quality control, manufacture, assembly and shipping. And lots of parking for its 120 Calgary employees.

Flair Airline locates HQ to Edmonton from Kelowna BC (CTV News, June 19, 2018). Low-cost carrier Flair Air announced that the airline’s headquarters would be moving from Kelowna, B.C. to Edmonton.

New investment is making an Alberta village the Foremost for developing aerial systems technology (Western Economic Diversification Canada, Sept 24, 2018). The Government of Canada is funding enhanced aerial systems technology at the Foremost Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Range.

Peraton expands Calgary operations to advance Canada defence program support (Skies Magazine, September 25, 2018). As a leading provider of high value logistics and support to Canadian defence for more than 35 years, Peraton recently completed its Calgary facility operations expansion and modernization.

More student spaces for growing tech sector (Government of Alberta, Aug. 16, 2018). The Alberta government is adding more than 400 new post-secondary tech program seats this September to keep pace with the province’s diversifying economy.

Home on the range (Skies Magazine, September 20, 2018). On a vast swath of southern Alberta prairie, near the tiny village of Foremost, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have unrivalled freedom to roam.

WestJet becomes first Canadian airline to launch an AI Chatbot (WestJet, August 27, 2018). WestJet today is offering its guests more convenience with the launch of the first ever artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbot from a Canadian airline.

Viking Air contemplates new CL-515 waterbomber variant (Skies Magazine, August 22, 2018). With British Columbia in a state of emergency, California battling the largest wildfire in recent memory, and more than a dozen European countries beating back forest fires, advanced firefighting equipment has never been more in demand.

Blackline Safety ranks #208 on Canadian Business & Maclean's Growth 500 (Blackline Safety, September 13, 2018). Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked Blackline Safety Corp. No. 208 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Canadian UAVS Makes Aviation History By Completing The First Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) UAV Flight In Unrestricted Airspace (Canadian UAVS, September 10, 2018). Canadian UAVs (CUAVS), Canada’s leading unmanned aviation solutions provider for enterprise and military applications, is proud to announce that is has complete the first phase of it Transport Canada approved Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.

FLYHT’s Distress Flight-data Streaming Capabilities Validated on Boeing ecoDemonstrator (FLYHT, September 4, 2018). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. today announced positive results from the flight-test program of its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS™) on the Boeing ecoDemonstrator aircraft.

ACAMP and Raytheon Canada Limited team to equip Alberta with cybersecurity solutions for autonomous systems market (ACAMP, August 21, 2018). The Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products (ACAMP) and Raytheon Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, join forces with the Alberta based Advanced Systems for Transportation Consortium to protect intelligent autonomous systems from cyberattacks.

Industrial Technological Benefits and VP Opportunities for the Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade and Fleet Augmentation (Team Cormorant, 2018).

Alberta invests in greener public transit (August 14, 2018). Alberta commuters will have more options when it comes to getting around thanks to a new public transportation program that invests in green transit throughout the province.

Longview Aviation Asset Management Announces Bridger Aerospace Group as Launch Customer for Viking CL-415EAF “Enhanced Aerial Firefighter” Conversion Program (Viking Air, May 30, 2018 ). The CL-215 aerial firefighter is one of eleven candidate aircraft specially selected for LAAM's CL-415EAF Conversion Program.

Viking's plans for the CL-415 (Flight Daily News, July 11, 2018). Ten years after buying the rights to the DHC-6 Twin Otter, Viking Air has acquired another venerable aircraft programme from Bombardier – the CL-415 water bomber.

Ownership of Lethbridge Airport officially transferred to City of Lethbridge (Lethbridge News Now, July 2018). Calling it "an historic day," members of both City and County councils voted unanimously Thursday, July 19, to officially transfer ownership of the Lethbridge Airport to the City, and to have the County continue operating it on an interim basis for the next 18 months.

CanWest Air finds new home in Peace River (My Grande Prairie Now, July 18, 2018). CanWest Air’s air ambulance in Grande Prairie will be moving to Peace River. The company has reached a deal with Northern Air Charters and the Town of Peace River to buy a hangar at the Peace River Airport.

Government of Canada funding for three Alberta airports (Wings Magazine, July 24, 2018). Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, yesterday announced a series of Government of Canada investments for safety improvements at three Alberta airports.

Twin Otter flight training centre receives Chinese approval (Pacific Sky Aviation, July 16, 2018). Today at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, Pacific Sky Aviation announced that the director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) has issued a flight training centre certificate for its Twin Otter training centre in Calgary, Alta.

ING Robotic Aviation will conduct TC BVLOS RPAS flights and perform Monitoring, Inspection, and Mapping Missions with a major Canadian Oil Sands producer and other key partners (ING Robotic Aviation, June 1, 2018). These missions will be undertaken within a safe flight regime approved and monitored by Transport Canada (TC) as part of the TC BVLOS Pilot Project in the summer of 2018.

AIAC publishes their annual Guide to Canada's Aerospace Industry (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada). The guide includes aerospace industry statistics, companies, products and services.

Canada's Defence and UAV Hub (Invest Medicine Hat). Medicine Hat-based aerospace and defence companies can take advantage of two globally competitive ranges, federal, provincial, and private innovation funds, and talent to compete globally.

Flair Airlines makes Edmonton its new home base (June 19, 2018). Up to 300 employees will work out of Edmonton International Airport, airline says.

Robotically-guided camera helping Alberta scientists study plant life (StarMetro Edmonton, June 13, 2018). For plant ecologists, a picture could be worth a thousand words (and a few dollars) in their quest to monitor ecosystems threatened by climate change.

Canadian UAVs to conduct first BVLOS pipeline monitoring in Canadian civil airspace (Canadian UAVs, June 13, 2018). Canadian UAVs (CUAVs), a leading unmanned aviation solutions provider for enterprise and military applications, has announced its approval issued by Transport Canada to inspect remote oil and gas assets ‘beyond line of sight’ for environmental integrity in civilian airspace.

2018 State of Canada’s Aerospace Industry Report: Aerospace remains national innovation leader (AIAC, June 21, 2018). Today the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released their joint 2018 report on the state of Canada’s aerospace industry.

Hall of Fame and Best New Product of the Year for Blackline Safety (Blackline Safety, June 12, 2018). At the North51 Connect TECTERRA event, held recently at Calgary's Murrieta's, Blackline Safety was inducted into the TECTERRA Hall of Fame and received the award for Best New Product of the Year.

Space odyssey continues for graduating engineer (Folio, June 11, 2018). European space manufacturer creates job to lure Tyler Hrynyk, who guided Ex-Alta 1 into space

FLYHT announces 5-yar contract renewal (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., June 7, 2018). Calgary, Alta.-based FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has announced a Software as a Service (SaaS) contract renewal with an existing customer.

In-Flight Data and senseFly partnering on Canada's largest BVLOS UAS Operations trial to date (AUVSI, June 5, 2018). In-Flight Data has announced that starting this week, it is embarking on Canada's largest BVLOS UAS Operations trial to date.

Alberta at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018, Farnborough UK. Download the latest Alberta organizations being featured at the Farnborough International Air Show July 16 – 22, 2018.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Office opens at EIA (Edmonton International Airport, May 22, 2018). Aerium Analytics (Aerium) and Clear Flight Solutions (CFS) have opened an office at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to support ongoing airport operations.

Blackline Safety in-sources manufacturing automation with $1M investment (Blackline Safetly, May 23, 2018). Blackline Safety Corp., a leading connected safety technology manufacturer, has invested $1,000,000 in surface mount technology (SMT) equipment to in-source the assembly of printed circuit boards at its new manufacturing facility in Calgary, Canada.

First US Customer for Lockheed Martin's Universal Unmanned Vehicle Control Station (UAS Vision, May 17, 2018). Lockheed Martin’s modular unmanned vehicle control software, which can simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles at one time, now has its first U.S. customer. Aurora Flight Sciences, which is focused on accelerating the development of autonomous technology, has purchased the newest Vehicle Control Station (VCS) software product: VCSi.

Air Canada operates biofuel flight from Edmonton to San Francisco (Air Canada, May 3, 2018). Air Canada announced its Edmonton-San Francisco flight May 2 operated on biofuel in a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

WestJet unveils new Dreamliner livery, logo and cabin interior (WestJet, May 8, 2018). WestJet has unveiled its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner livery, logo and cabin interior including the airline’s first-ever business class cabin.

U of A student-led satellite team helps kids shoot for the stars (University of Alberta folio, May 3, 2018). Team behind province’s first space satellite recognized for opening up a new world of possibilities for Alberta children.

NovAtel’s New Positioning Solutions for Space-Constrained Systems (May 4, 2018). NovAtel has introduced several new precision positioning solutions for space-constrained applications. With enhanced positioning accuracy in a compact form, the PwrPak7D, PwrPak7DE1 and OEM7600 are suitable for automotive, airborne and other smaller unmanned systems.

senseFly to showcase integrated solutions at XPONENTIAL 2018 (senseFly, April 2018). senseFly, the leading provider of professional mapping drones and a commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group, will showcase its range of end-to-end products and services, as well as share information on a pioneering Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight project, on May 1 at XPONENTIAL 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Fort McMurray continuing care centre breaks ground (Government of Alberta, April 20, 2018). Construction is underway on the Willow Square Continuing Care Centre, a much-needed facility for Fort McMurray and area residents.

Bow Valley College offers UAV/Drone Certification Courses Ahead of New Transport Canada Rules (Bow Valley College, April 17, 2018). Bow Valley College, through its School of Continuing Learning, helps drone enthusiasts and professional UAV operators prepare for new and updated aviation laws that will limit where and how they can be flown.

Blackline Safety offers world’s first BS8484-certified gas detector (Blackline Safetly, April 10, 2018) At this week's Health & Safety Event, one of the UK’s premier safety conferences and exhibitions, Blackline Safety Corp. announced that its G7c lone worker monitor and wireless gas detector system is the only solution of its kind to have achieved certification to the latest British Standard — BS8484: 2016 to deploy police assistance in the event of an emergency.

Edmonton air tanker firefighting company flying high (Edmonton Journal, April 2, 2018). An Edmonton company that has fought forest fires in Western Canada for more than 50 years hopes to spread its wings to more business in countries around the world.

New drone rules coming (Global News, April 2, 2018). Bow Valley College UAV program instructors join Global News Morning Calgary with details on some of the new rules coming this summer that would require anyone flying a drone to take a mandatory training course.

Field Aviation awarded ADS-B Out and FMS upgrade contract from Widerøe (Field Aviation, March 28, 2018). Field Aviation is providing a turnkey kit solution to add ADS-B Out capability and upgrade the flight management system (FMS) on the entire fleet of 41 Dash 8 aircraft at Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS (Widerøe) of Norway, to comply with the upcoming ADS-B Out mandate and to provide further fleet standardization.

Lockheed Martin Launches Multiple UAV Control Software (UAS Vision, February 23, 2018). Lockheed Martin will unveil VCSi – commercial software that enables operators to simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles and conduct information, surveillance and reconnaissance missions – during the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi this month.

WestJet launches inaugural flights to Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver (WestJet, March 14, 2018). WestJet's inaugural flight, WS2200 from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, MEX) departed this morning, marking the airline's newest flight to Mexico.

Swoop welcomes Steven Greenway as President (WestJet, March 1, 2018). Swoop today announced Steven Greenway as President of Canada's first ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), Swoop. Steven will join Swoop on March 5, 2018.

Government of Canada announces new bilateral security arrangement with Bulgaria (Public Services and Procurement Canada, February 22, 2018). Canada's latest bilateral security instrument means better contracting opportunities.

QinetiQ Target Systems to supply over 40 Hammerhead targets to Canadian Navy (Naval Technology, Sept. 14, 2017). The latest C$4.7m ($3.86m) order is part of an existing C$35m ($28.75m) framework contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence.

Swoop is on sale and today the first seats are on us! (Swoop, February 1, 2018). Swoop, Canada's first true ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), today announced its initial schedule release with service starting from Abbotsford, Hamilton, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax.

WestJet moves Whitehorse service to Calgary (WestJet, January 25, 2018). WestJet today announced that it will move its non-stop seasonal service between Whitehorse and Vancouver to YYC Calgary International Airport, effective June 29, 2018. For the first time, flights between Whitehorse and Calgary will be available for purchase as of January 29, 2018.

AIAC Statement: Announcement of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) (AIAC, January 23, 2017). Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada and ten other countries have reached a deal on a Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and aim to sign the agreement in March 2018.

Blackline Safety contributes to economic growth in Alberta, US UK (Blackline Safety Corp.). As a Calgary-based business, Blackline Safety is expanding in domestic and international markets.

Delta and WestJet agree to form joint venture (WestJet, December 6, 2017). Delta Air Lines and WestJet have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.

NovAtel's GPS Anti-Jam Technology Selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigate (Novatel, November 29, 2017). NovAtel® announced today that its GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT®) has been selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigates to meet a requirement as part of a protected navigation system.

German Agricultural Society Approves NovAtel’s SMART6-L receiver in PPP Automatic Steering Test (Novatel, November 14, 2017). The German Agricultural Society or Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) has released DLG Test Report 6802, NovAtel SMART6L receiver PPP Automatic Steering Test.

Air Canada Starting non-stop flights to san Francisco from Edmonton Next May 2018 (Edmonton Journal, November 28, 2017). Air Canada is starting direct Edmonton-San Francisco service May 1 that Mayor Don Iveson says will provide a major boost to Edmonton's growing advanced technology industry.

Avmax Hiring Over 50 New Employees in Calgary and Great Falls (Avmax, November 28, 2017). Avmax is happy to announce that they are looking for over 50 new employees to help backfill current MRO lines as well as startup 2 new MRO lines.

Canada North announces upcoming launch of multimillion-dollar aircraft maintenance facility at Edmonton International Airport (Canadian North Airlines, November 23, 2017). Canadian North Airlines is pleased to announce the establishment of its own Manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MMRO) facility, which will open during the first quarter of 2018 within its 90,000 square foot hangar at Edmonton International Airport.

WestJet, Air France and KLM launch reciprocal frequent flyer redemption (WestJet, November 15, 2017). WestJet, Air France and KLM today announced the redemption phase of their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Flying Blue Miles can now be redeemed for WestJet flights and WestJet dollars can now be redeemed for flights within the Air France and KLM global network.

Calgary researchers find meteorite fragment from September fireball (Global News, November 9, 2017). It’s been more than two months since a fireball was seen streaking across the sky in Alberta and B.C. on Sept. 4 and now scientists have tracked down “meteorite remains.”

FLYHT Signs USD $2.1 Million Sales Contract with Azur Aviation (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., October 17, 2017). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.  is pleased to announce the sale of its Automated Flight Information Reporting System and FLYHTLogTM services to Azur Havacilik A.S (Azur Aviation), based in Antalya, Turkey.

Meet Swoop: WestJet's ultra-low-cost carrier has a name, a home and a purpose (WestJet, Sept 27, 2017). Swoop will provide Canadians with a no-frills, lower-fare travel option backed by an airline with a proven track record of bringing lower fares to Canadians and an investment-grade credit rating.

ACAMP joins Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at Edmonton International Airport (Edmonton International Airport, September 19, 2017). Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products (ACAMP) has joined Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to help Alberta businesses enter and expand into the global advanced transportation and connected vehicle system markets–estimated to grow from $2.4 billion in 2014 to $102 billion in 2030.

OH&S Awards Blackline Safety's G7 Best New Product of the Year (Blackline Safety). For the fourth time in five years, Blackline Safety has been recognized as a leader in wireless safety, being awarded New Product of the Year by Occupational Health & Safety Magazine.

WestJet breaks ground on new Calgary hangar (WestJet, September 21, 2017). WestJet today broke ground on its new $50 million hangar project at YYC Calgary International Airport that will support the airline's ongoing fleet expansion and growth of its Calgary hub.

University of Alberta's satellite is armed to observe storm in space (Edmonton Journal, September 10, 2017). Space was experiencing a major geomagnetic storm this past weekend and the University#of Alberta’s Ex-Alta#1 Satellite was armed and ready#to observe.

Crews Deploy Robotic Mowers Along Alberta Roadways (Discover Airdrie, August 3, 2017). A small Airdrie equipment company is making waves with some big players in the industrial world with a unique piece of equipment.

FLYHT Supports Boeing for Tracking, Locating and Flight Data Recovery Solutions Testing (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., August 10, 2017). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. will provide the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) product and management platform (UpTimeTM Cloud) to Boeing as part of their upcoming flight test program on a FedEx B777 aircraft.

Air Canada, WestJet aim to become biofuel superpowers (The Canadian Press, July 26, 2017). Resource-rich Canada has the proper ingredients to lead the world in lower-carbon aviation fuels, the country's two largest airlines say.

Peru Air Force Becomes Launch Customer for Viking Twin Otter Series 400 “Level D” Flight Simulator Training Offered Through Pacific Sky Aviation (Viking Air, June 21, 2017). Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, announced that the Peru Air Force will become the first customer to select a full flight training package utilizing the new Twin Otter Series 400 “Level D” Flight Simulator program offered through Viking’s sister company, Pacific Sky Aviation.

Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged (Government of Canada). Canada’s defence policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – will provide Canada with an agile, multi-purpose combat-ready military, operated by highly trained, well-equipped women and men, secure in the knowledge that they have the full support of their government and their fellow Canadians.

MacDonald Dettwiler wins $5M contract for Space Station robotics work (Canadian Manufacturing, June 15, 2017). The Canadian Space Agency funding covers service support for the Canadarm2 and the robotic "handyman" known as Dextre.

Happy landings with new Aeroméxico flights (Government of Alberta, June 15, 2017). Aeroméxico begins direct flights to Calgary.

Cyber warfare, drones are new priorities, defence minister tells Edmonton troops (Edmonton Journal, June 14, 2017). Canadian troops will be asked to do more to battle cyber threats and take a larger role in drone warfare as part of the country's new defence plan, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Wednesday.

Calgary Research on Vision-Based Navigation for Drones (UAS Vision, June 14, 2017). Dr. Mozhdeh Shahbazi, professor of geomatics engineering at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, is working on developing autonomous navigation technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs.)

Liberals to award $5B navy ship maintenance contract to private company despite union concerns (National Post, June 1, 2017). The Liberal government will soon announce a $5.2-billion plan to privatize maintenance of new navy ships despite concerns the deal puts key portions of Canada’s military capability in the hands of a private firm.

Alberta's new air ambulance simulator is a Canadian first (Edmonton Journal, June 2, 2017). On Thursday, Alberta Health Services unveiled a Canadian first — a mobile air ambulance simulator that will be used for training medics.

Global water bomber manufacturing program and '900 new jobs' could be headed for Calgary (Calgary Herald, May 31, 2017). The company that purchased the manufacturing rights for Canada’s iconic water bomber aircraft last year says it is considering a massive Calgary expansion that could bring up to 900 new jobs to the city.

WestJet cuts back flights to London, England (CBC News, May 30, 2017). Westjet has decided to reduce the number of flights it offers to London, England, this summer as it tries curb delays and cancellations caused by its aging fleet of Boeing 767s.

Alberta's first satellite boldly goes to work (University of Alberta, May 26, 2017). Alberta’s first satellite went into orbit early this morning, bringing the University of Alberta and the province into space for the first time.

'Stronger than the strongest human': AlphaGo software outsmarts board game champion (Metro, May 23, 2017). University of Alberta Artificial Intelligence alumni helped develop the groundbreaking program.

Robird drones deployed at Edmonton International Airport to keep birds at bay a first in the world (Edmonton Sun, May 9, 2017). Edmonton International Airport will start using a falcon-shaped drone this spring that stays airborne by flapping its wings and mimicking the flight patterns of a real raptor to scare away birds that pose a danger to aircraft.

Celeste Partners with Alberta Firm, Dakota Supplies to distribute the MOPPITT™ (Celeste Partners, March 22, 2017). Celeste recently partnered with Dakota Supplies to bring a new product to the aviation market. Dakota Supplies is a new company based out of Alberta, Canada.

Alberta at the Paris Air Show 2017 Download the latest Alberta organizations being featured at the Paris Air Show on June 19-25, 2017 in Le Bourget, Paris.

Province announces $595,000 in CARES funding; Foremost among biggest recipients (Lethbridge News Now, April 7, 2017). The province is investing $595,000 in to several projects across southern Alberta. The largest by far is in Foremost, where $300,000 will provide two years worth of bridge funding for its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) range project.

WestJet to purchase Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (WestJet, May 2, 2017). WestJet announced today a definitive purchase agreement with The Boeing Company for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Supporting Lethbridge’s economic growth (Government of Alberta, April 27, 2017). The Alberta government is helping the Lethbridge area create jobs and diversify its local economy through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.

Ministers Bains and Garneau celebrate $80.9 million for the Canadian Space Agency (Government of Canada, April 27, 2017). These investments will be used to develop emerging technologies, will create more well-paying jobs, will support scientific breakthroughs and will make Canada a world-leading centre for innovation.

WestJet announces intent to launch ultra-low-cost carrier (WestJet, April 20, 2017). WestJet today announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals.

AIAC supports renewal of federal Space Advisory Board (Government of Canada, April 19, 2017). Yesterday evening the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), announced the renewal of the federal Space Advisory Board, including the appointment of new members and a new mandate

Canada’s aerospace and defence sectors innovate, grow and create jobs (Government of Canada, April 3, 2017). Recent investments in the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard have resulted in economic spinoff activity that includes the creation of new jobs and companies across the country. This spinoff activity is the direct result of the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, which requires successful suppliers to invest in Canada an amount equal to the defence contract that they have won.

Blackline Safety wins internationally-recognized Red Dot Award (Blackline Safety Corp., April 3, 2017). After assessing products from all over the world, the 39-member Red Dot jury has recognized the innovation and industrial design achievement of Blackline Safety’s (TSX Venture: BLN) new G7 wireless gas detector.

Canadian UAVs Completes The First BVLOS Pipeline and Powerline Inspections in Canada, Ushering in New Age of Unmanned Aviation & Industrial Compliance (Canada UAVs, March 14, 2017). Regular Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations significantly advance as Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin CDL Systems completes the first BVLOS pipeline, well site and power line inspections using the Transport Canada Compliant Lockheed Martin Indago 2 at the Foremost Testing Range.

First in Canada for Unmanned Aviation (Foremost UAS Range, February 20, 2017). The Foremost UAS Range announced it has received the necessary approvals from Transport Canada to coordinate the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) within the Foremost UAS Range for testing and evaluation purposes. The first BVLOS drone flights took place February 24, 2017.

New rules for flying recreational drones in Canada revealed (CBC News, March 16, 2017). Recreational drone users in Canada face new restrictions on where and when they can fly their remote-controlled devices, under new rules being announced today by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.

FLYHT Signs New Chinese Airline for USD $1.68 Million Sales Contract (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., March 1, 2017). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. announces the sale of the Automated Flight Information Reporting System to a new commercial airline customer in the People’s Republic of China.

Ag Drone School: Spring 2017 (LandView Drones). LandView will be hosting a drones operations school in western Canada this year.

Wetaskiwin company sets up aircraft manufacturing operation with Chinese partner (Edmonton Journal, February 21, 2017). Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. and Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Ltd. of Yongcheng, China, are setting up a project to build airplanes for sale around the world.

14th Annual Unmanned Systems Canada conference and trade show, held November 1-3, 2016, proved to be a success. This event attracted a gathering of 300+ participants with international delegates from Mexico, USA, UK, Italy and Belgium to name a few. One international delegate, freelance journalist, Richard Gardner, wrote the following articles as a result of his attendance.

Taming of the Drones (SAE International, December 8, 2016). As the new commercial market for UAVs opens up, a regulatory framework will need to be established.

Drone company to begin testing at Foremost, Canada's first approved UAV test range (Calgary Herald, January 11, 2017). An Ontario-based company aiming to become Canada’s first provider of drone parcel delivery services is about to begin commercial testing in the wide-open skies of southeast Alberta.

FLYHT Joins a Select Group of Canadian Companies with CAAC Part-145 Approval (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., December 1, 2016). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. today announced it has been granted CAAC Part-145 approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Liberals again considering sole source purchase of Super Hornet fighter jets to replace CF-18s (Ottawa Citizen, November 17, 2016). A Liberal government proposal to buy Super Hornet fighter jets as a replacement for the air force’s aging CF-18s is back on the table.

Edmonton-based Stantec expands its drone fleet (Edmonton Journal, November 15, 2016). Stantec Inc. hopes the sky’s the limit for drone technology, more than doubling its fleet of the remote-controlled aircraft.

Setting the stage for a globally competitive aerospace and space industry in Canada (Government of Canada, November 16, 2016). In a keynote address to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that the government would revitalize the Space Advisory Board.

FLYHT Awarded Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) Loan of $2.35 Million (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, November 9 2016). FLYHT has been selected as the recipient of a $2.35 million interest free WINN loan by Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Foremost Unmanned Air Systems Range Receives Final Transport Canada Approval (Unmanned Systems Canada, November 3, 2016). The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced today that the Foremost UAS Range has received final Transport Canada authorization necessary to begin operations as Canada’s first permanent restricted airspace for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS, drone).

Name game: Calgary International Airports adds "YYC" to title (Calgary Airport Authority, October 7, 2016). YYC has been the official IATA code throughout the airport's history and will now be enshrined permanently in its official new name:YYCCalgary International Airport.

Blackline Safety recognized as a "Best New Product of the Year" maker for a Third Time (Blackline Safety, October 11, 2016). Blackline Safety's voice-enabled Loner M6 Employee Safety device was awarded best new product of the year by Occupation Health & Safety Magazine.

Viking Completes Acquisition of Amphibious Aircraft Program from Bombardier (Viking, October 3, 2016). Further to the preliminary announcement made earlier this year, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, has now completed the acquisition of the Amphibious Aircraft program from Bombardier, including transfer of the Type Certificates for the CL-215, CL-215T, CL-415 aircraft and all variants to Viking.

FLYHT Enters into USD $4.26 Million Sales Contract in China (FLYHT Aerospace Solution Ltd., October 3, 2016). FLYHT is excited to announce it has entered into an agreement with an Information Technology (IT) Company that implements data solutions for Chinese commercial aviation operators in the People’s Republic of China for the sale of the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) 228S.

Minister Dion announces new support for police reform projects in Ukraine (Global Affairs Canada, October 1, 2016). The Government of Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced up to $8.1 million in new funding to support the National Police of Ukraine.

Calgary flight training school sees value in new China deal (CBC News, August 24, 2016). The Calgary Flying Club is training its first class of aviation students from China after a five-year deal was struck to generate more commercial pilots as demand heats up in that country's aviation sector.

Canada announces additional support for peace implementation in Colombia (Global Affairs Canada, September 26, 2016). Following a meeting today with María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, Colombia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Dion announced $21 million in additional Canadian support for peace implementation in Colombia.

Blackline Safety among winners of the OH&S Magazine Product of the Year contest (OH&S, September 22, 2016). Blackline Safety won best new product for 2015 in the category of Safety Monitoring Devices for their voice-enabled Loner M6:

Minister Dion announces new support for sustaining UN peace efforts (Global Affairs Canada, September 21, 2016). Minister Dion, at the UN General Assembly, announced a package of up to $25 million of support over three years to enhance UN capacity in the area of conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding.

Government of Canada Support Innovation in the Unmanned Vehicle sector (Government of Canada, June 17, 2016). Today, the Government of Canada Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced an investment of $300,000 to support the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) range for training and field testing in the Village of Foremost.

Montair landing at Red Deer Airport (ShawTV, Video). A new business is preparing to land at Red Deer Airport.

ACTIVE-AURORA project marks a milestone (Government of Alberta). Wireless connected vehicle technology is now being tested on Edmonton roads. The Government of Alberta is a partner in this innovative research project which will shape future investments in intelligent transportation systems in Alberta.

Canada to support peace operations (Government of Canada, August 26, 2016) The Government of Canada announced the launch of Global Affairs Canada’s new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) and the pledge of up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to be available for possible deployment to UN peace operations.

FLYHT Signs its First Chinese Customer for Data Services (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., August 15, 2016). The undisclosed airline is the first Chinese customer to select data services provided by the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (“AFIRS™”) on its fleet of CRJ-900 aircraft.

Avmax converts Dash 8 from Alberta Government fleet destined for use by FlyViking, a Norwegian Airline (Skies, August 11, 2016). This was the first of 10 aircraft Avmax expects to convert for FlyViking over the next two to three years, all of them Dash 8s.

Economic Footprint for the Canadian Commercial Helicopter Industry Report (InterVISTAS, May 11, 2016). Day-to-day activities of Canada’s commercial helicopter operators and helicopter-related businesses across Canada employed nearly 6,200 FTEs with employees earning approximately $500 million in wages and salaries.

Drones being used to find and stamp out noxious weeds in Alberta county (Lethbridge Herald, August 9, 2016). Drone technology is making it easier for an Alberta county to find and stamp out noxious weeds.

Troops depart for Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine (Canadian Army, August 3, 2016). Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building.

First made-in-Alberta satellite passes final tests ahead of launch (Edmonton Journal, July 27, 2016). With T-minus 4-1/2 months before the first Alberta-made satellite will be launched into space, members of the University of Alberta’s AlbertaSat team say they are ready for takeoff.

Hainan Airlines touches down in Calgary (Calgary Economic Development, June 30, 2016). Calgary is better connected to global markets today with the arrival of Hainan Airline’s inaugural non-stop flight from Beijing to Calgary International Airport.

Aerospace leads Canadian manufacturers in innovation, exports (Wings, July 4, 2016). A joint annual report released by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) recently provides continued proof that the that the aerospace industry is Canada's most innovative manufacturing sector, leading manufacturers in R&D investment and posting nearly 30% of the sector's R&D investments in 2015.

Boeing opens new facility for UAV R&D (Boeing, July 4, 2016). Boeing has opened a new research laboratory to test hardware and software that will make a new generation of autonomous air, sea and land vehicles work together more effectively as a team or unit.

International Trade Minister announces tariff elimination on tech products (Government of Canada, July 4, 2016). Canada’s implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) expanded Information Technology Agreement eliminates tariffs on 201 tech and information-related products.

Olds College Hosts Unmanned Air Vehicle Demonstration (Olds College). The Phantom 2 Visions + UAV from DJI was demonstrated to students from the Field Scouting and Data Management course.

NewLeaf to offer flights to 12 Canadian cities starting July 25 (CBC News, June 23, 2016). Canadian company launched in January, went on hold in February, now has federal approvals.

Research scientists at U of C get nearly $15 million in funding (Calgary Herald, June 24, 2016). The associate professor of geography at the University of Calgary will receive $145,000 over five years to broaden his research with remote sensors that are used to study climate change and landscape dynamics.

Dakota Supplies offering an Innovative Cleaning Device for the Transportation Industry (June 2016). DSI is a Calgary-based company specializing in the design of innovative products for a variety of industries including commercial transportation, emergency medical services and home consumers.

AIAC congratulates Canadian operator, aircraft manufacturer on successful South Pole rescue mission (June 23, 2016). Earlier this week a Canadian crew and aircraft successfully carried out a difficult rescue mission to transport two people who needed medical attention from the South Pole.

Viking Air Limited Acquires Worldwide CL-415 Waterbomber Program from Bombardier (Viking Air, June 20, 2016). This acquisition will see an expansion of both BC and Alberta facilities.

Alberta at Farnborough Airshow (Alberta Economic Development and Trade). Alberta organizations will be featured at the upcoming Farnborough International Air Show from July 11-15, 2016, under the Western Canada Aerospace & Defence Industries Consortium banner in the Canadian Pavilion, Hall 4, Stand F107.

GPS Anti-Jam Technology On board Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS Ensures Critical Mission Success (NovAtel, May 26, 2016). NovAtel’s compact GAJT® anti-jam antenna is now on-board Schiebel’s revolutionary CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Schiebel, the Vienna-based manufacturer focused on the development, testing and production of the state-of-the-art CAMCOPTER® S-100UAS, as well as innovative mine detection equipment, is a long-time customer of NovAtel’s high precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology.

WestJet Encore converts purchase options for nine Bombardier Q400 aircraft (WestJet, June 1, 2016). WestJet today announced it has converted the last nine of its original 25 options to firm orders for Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery between April 2017 and June 2018.

Meggitt wins $35 million NISO for surface and aerial targets from Canada's Department of National Defence (Meggitt, May 25, 2016). The majority of targets will be manufactured at MTAS’ manufacturing facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta with production deliveries expected this year.

Government announces $54 million to help bridge the gap between research and development for aerospace companies (Government of Canada, May 5, 2016). First project under Technology Demonstration Program will see companies develop new satellite technologies.

Canadian UAVs And Measure Partner To Deliver Trans-National Drone Services (Measure, May 2, 2016). As part of its effort to deliver cost-effective actionable data to enterprise customers, Measure, one of the leading operators of drones in the United States, has partnered with the leading Canadian drone company, Canadian UAVs. Together, the two companies will use the latest in drone technology to provide real-time data analysis to businesses on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

WestJet supporting development of Canadian-made sustainable aviation biofuel (WestJet, April 22, 2016). WestJet today announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada.

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. Signs Tri-Wing Aviation to Promote Sales in South East Asia (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, March 24, 2016). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. today announced a sales agreement with Tri-Wing Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. (“Tri-Wing”) based in Singapore. Tri-Wing will represent FLYHT’s technology and services as a sales team in South East Asia.

Western Innovation Initiative - Call for Proposals (Western Economic Diversification Canada). On March 14, 2016, the WD will be launching the third call for proposals for the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. The objective of WINN is to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services.

The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are pleased to announce the launch of three collaborative research projects with the European Commission (CARIC, February 2, 2016)

C4i Signs New Contract With Middle East (C4i, February 22, 2016). C4i Training & Technology has signed a large multi-year contract with a Middle Eastern country, completely outfitting its armed forces with C4i’s award-winning MILSIM simulation training software.

Canada amends its sanctions against Iran (Global Affairs Canada, February 5, 2016). The Government of Canada announced today changes to Canada’s economic sanctions against Iran under the Special Economic Measures Act and the United Nations Act and signalled Canada’s willingness to resume dialogue with Iran.

Ministers of International Trade and Small Business and Tourism announce new export program for Canadian companies (Global Affairs Canada, January 5, 2016). The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, today announced CanExport, a new program that will provide $50 million to help Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises take advantage of global export opportunities.

Minister Freeland welcomes expansion of WTO agreement on information technology (Global Affairs Canada, December 16, 2015). The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, today announced the conclusion of negotiations on the expansion of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA).

2015 ASTech Award Winners (TECTERRA, November 9, 2015). TECTERRA congratulates portfolio company, Micro Engineering Tech Inc. and Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, lead investigator of one of TECTERRA’s research projects, for awards won at 2015 ASTech Awards

Alberta Company Wins National Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at the "Unmanned Systems Canada" Annual Conference in Halifax NS (Canadian Unmanned Inc., November 5, 2015). Sterling Cripps President of Canadian Unmanned Inc. headquartered in Medicine Hat, Alberta was awarded the prestigious "Pip Rudkin Award" for outstanding Individual Achievement in the emerging Canadian unmanned systems industry for 2015.

Taking off: Drones are flying in face of commercial convention (Edmonton Journal, October 16, 2015). Industry pioneers like to say drones do the dull, dirty and dangerous work that humans can see with their own eyes but shouldn’t or don’t want to do. But the popularity of the devices has jumped in recent years, as technology allows for the unmanned craft to be smaller and more affordable.

FLYHT Receives Airbus A320 Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, Ltd., October 14, 2015). FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. reported today it has received a re-issued Supplemental Type Certificate for its Automated Flight Information Reporting System 228 on the Airbus A320 series aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration.

China’s Sunward buys Canada’s Avmax to diversify into aviation (Reuters, October 13, 2015). Chinese construction equipment maker Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co said it has bought Canadian aviation services provider Avmax Group, which has assets of up to $312 million, amid a sustained downturn in the construction machinery market.

Government investment helps Red Deer airport expansion take off (Government of Alberta, October 13, 2015). A provincial investment to expand the Red Deer Airport will help diversify the economy and create long term economic growth.

Avmax and True Blue Power receive Part 25 STC (Skies Magazine, October 7, 2015). Avmax and True Blue Power have announced the receipt of a Transport Canada Civil Aviation Administration Part 25 Supplemental Type Certificate for installation of the True Blue Power TB44 (44 amp-hour) lithium-ion aircraft battery on Bombardier Dash 8 100/200/300 aircraft.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Highlights (The Canadian Press, October 5, 2015). Farmers will be compensated for losses, Supply Management mostly intact, reduced tariffs, more foreign auto parts on the way...

Largest Deal to Date (Howard Group Inc., September 28, 2015). FLYHT Receives Multi-Million Dollar Order For 146 AFIRS Units.

KPMG Releases the Global Aerospace and Defense Outlook 2015 (KPMG). The 2015 KPMG Global Aerospace and Defense Outlook looks at the options A&D organizations can explore to help achieve their goals.

Draganfly Innovations Inc. has been acquired by TRACE Live Networks (July 27, 2015). Draganfly Innovations Inc. has been acquired by TRACE Live Networks, a California-based tech company that has the majority of their operations in Calgary and Toronto.

Wildfire season illustrates the good and bad side of drones (Financial Post, September 8, 2015). An article about how drones have hindered and helped wildfire fighting efforts this summer.

Ukraine Seeks Partner for New UAV (UAS Vision, August 25, 2015). Ukrainian volunteers are seeking a partner to help bring a new unmanned air vehicle to the nation’s armed forces in their fight against separatist rebels in the east of the country.

737 Flight Simulator Creates International Flight Training Opportunities at EIA (Edmonton International Airport, June 16, 2015). A new flight training simulator for Boeing 737 series aircraft is officially open for business at the Alberta Aerospace Training Centre, thanks to a partnership between Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canadian North, Canadian Helicopters, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), and the Government of Alberta.

Edmonton looking at regulating rules for drone flights in the city (Metro News, August 17, 2015). City spokesperson Cheryl Oxford said the city is in the early stages of possibly bringing in new rules and wants to know where the public stands.

Experts disagree on whether Canada's drone regulations are too permissive (August 16, 2015). Experts say Canada's permissive approach to regulating commercial drones has made it a world leader in the burgeoning field, while others warn that inadequate enforcement of the soaring number of amateur flyers is putting the public at risk.

Aviation TV: Viking Air seeking to crack civil, military markets in Brazil (Wings magazine, August 14, 2015). In today’s episode of Aviation This Week, Niche TV host Tamar Atik brings you the news on Viking Air looking to crack the civil and military markets in Brazil; a boost to B.C.’s aerospace research and development; and Jet Support Services’ Q2 2015 Business Aviation Index results.

Bas expands; forges strategic western partnerships (Brican, August 7, 2015). The builder of Canada’s most sophisticated Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), is pleased to announce expansion and partnerships in both British Columbia and Alberta. Brican Aircraft Systems, a division of Ontario-based Brican Automated Systems, will establish subsidiary partnerships in Abbotsford and Calgary.

Robotic submarine team dives into competition (University of Alberta, July 21, 2015). A group of engineering students hopes to make a splash with a robotic submarine they designed and built, during an international competition being held in California this week.

SAIT gets big donations (The Weal, April 6, 2015). SAIT Polytechnic recently received four substantial gifts totaling over $5 million geared towards improving students learning experiences and first-hand knowledge. The donations include a $2.5 million Cessna Citation twin-engine executive jet aircraft, a $1 million coil-tubing simulator, an $850,000 Xerox iGen digital printing press, and a $700,000 donation to the Lamb Learner Success Centre.

New Publication: Exporting to the EU – A Guide for Canadian Business (Government of Canada, June 29, 2015). The purpose of this guide is to provide Canadian companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),with an overview of European Union (EU) legislation affecting their exports to Europe.

Canadian Aerospace Industry Continues to Grow, Leads Manufacturing Sector (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, June 10, 2015). A joint annual report released by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and Industry Canada today indicates that the Canadian aerospace industry continued to grow in 2014, increasing its national economic footprint and posting best-in-class results for the Canadian manufacturing sector.

New force in target systems from Meggitt transatlantic alliance (Meggitt Target Systems, May 27, 2015). Meggitt, the global engineering group specialising in components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy sectors, is combining two of its units into a world-leading business providing targets for military training and weapon systems development.

Government of Canada Creates Two Foreign Trade Zones in Alberta (Western Economic Diversification Canada, June 2, 2015). Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced the creation of two ‘single-window’ Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Points in the province of Alberta, to strengthen the region’s international trade capacity: Port Alberta, which serves the Edmonton region, and the Calgary Region Inland Port, will assist in leveraging the province’s role as a hub for international transportation, manufacturing, and distribution.

BlackBridge and EarthSTAR Bring RapidEye Imagery and Solutions to the People's Republic of China (BlackBridge, June 2, 2015). BlackBridge announced today that it has entered into a sole distribution agreement with EarthSTAR Inc. to provide RapidEye imagery and solutions in the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

Government of Canada Strengthens Opportunities for Commercialization of Micro- and Nano-Coated Products at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Nanotechnology Now, May 31, 2015). Federal funding will enable NAIT to purchase specialized coating handling and blasting equipment, a spray booth, cutting machines, compressors, and to upgrade the facility's ventilation system and power supply.

FLyht Signs AFIRS contract with African airline - On May 8, 2015 FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. signed a contract for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) 228 on a fleet of four A320 aircraft.

Alberta, Canada at the International Paris Air Show Alberta organizations will be featured at the upcoming Paris Air Show from June 15-21, 2015, under the Western Canadian Aerospace Industries booth located in Hall 3, Stand C70 in the Canadian Pavilion.

Pipeline firms turn to drones to search for spills (CBC News, April 28, 2015). Three pipeline companies - TransCanada, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge - are joining together to research how effective drones would be at searching for spills and leaks.

Business taking off for Lethbridge's Ventus Geospatial (Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, April 28, 2015). Business for Ventus Geospatial Inc. is quite literally taking off thanks to support from Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF).

Hemisphere GNSS Announces World’s Only RTK-Capable GNSS Compass Smart Antenna (Hemisphere GNSS, April 14, 2015). Today, Hemisphere GNSS announces a top-of-the-line, RTK-enabled Vector V320 GNSS Compass. The first of its kind, the Vector V320 smart antenna supports multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, Galileo (future firmware upgrade required), and BeiDou.

Cleared for takeoff? (St. Albert Gazette, March 25, 2015). The City of St. Albert now has its own helicopter. It’s the size of a hatbox, remote-controlled, and cost about $1,600, reports Guy Boston, executive director of the city’s economic development branch.

Drone display draws a big crowd (Lethbridge Herald, March 25, 2015). Local Lethbridge start-up company, Ventus Geospatial Inc. demonstrated their unmanned aerial systems to the new Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta.

Edmonton’s Synodon Inc. inks U.S. partnership (Canadian Manufacturing, February 23, 2015). The oil and gas inspection technology company has signed a deal to market its aerial pipeline monitoring technology in the U.S.

Diary of a rocket scientist (University of Alberta, February 12, 2015). When he's not advising on some of the world’s premier international space programs, physics PhD candidate David Miles helps University of Alberta undergrads learn to launch rockets in Norway.

Prepare for take-off! Alberta's airport traffic ramping up (ATB Financial, February 10, 2015). A growing province requires a growing amount of air traffic to keep up with passenger travel and cargo shipments. And certainly both of Alberta’s two largest airports have shown an increase in traffic over the last several years.

GE Aviation: High Accuracy, High Throughput Inspection Technologies Challenge (NineSigma, February 3, 2015). NineSigma, representing the General Electric Company, invites proposals describing technologies, processes, or approaches that can increase the speed and accuracy of aviation parts inspection.

Obsidian Unveils Plans for 400G-Capable Enhanced InfiniBand Services Platform at EmTech Singapore 2015 (Obsidian Strategics, January 28, 2015). Looming data challenges in cloud, supercomputing, big science and smart cities demand a global transformational interconnect infrastructure that is faster, safer and more predictable.

Airbus’ Centre of Excellence is coming to Gatineau, Quebec (Canadian Metalworking, January 28, 2015). The Centre of Excellence will focus on radio communications research and development.

Bombardier selling military training unit to CAE for $19.8M (The Canadian Press, January 27, 2015). Bombardier Inc. is preparing to sell its Military Aviation Training unit for $19.8 million to CAE Inc., a Montreal-based company that specializes in training equipment and services.

TECTERRA's Portfolio Company Decisive Farming Receives Variable Rate Technology Patent (TECTERRA, January 21, 2015). Decisive Farming, a TECTERRA portfolio company and provider of data management platforms with integrated services for crop farmers, announced that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has issued them with a Canadian patent (CA 2,663,917) for their Variable Rate Technology process.

Minister Fast Announces New Science, Technology and Innovation Action Plan with Italy During Trade Mission to Europe (Trade and Development Canada, January 21, 2015). The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today witnessed the signing of the Canada-Italy Joint Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Action Plan during his visit to Rome, Italy, as part of a trade mission to Europe to promote the Canada-European Union free trade agreement.

TECTERRA GEO-Placement Program Call for Proposals Now Open (TECTERRA, January 20, 2015). TECTERRA is pleased to announce a Call For Proposals on their GEO-Placement Program to support hiring for Alberta start-ups and small companies. Application Deadline: February 26, 2015