Become a member of the Downsview Aerospace Hub http://www.dairhub.com Canadian centre for Innovation and Research Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:52:29 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 http://www.dairhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DAIR-Logo-150x150.png Become a member of the Downsview Aerospace Hub http://www.dairhub.com 32 32 DAIR and OAC Sign Strategic Partnership MOU http://www.dairhub.com/dair-oac-sign-strategic-partnership-mou/ http://www.dairhub.com/dair-oac-sign-strategic-partnership-mou/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:47:38 +0000 http://www.dairhub.com/?p=326 On March 22 and 23, 2017 the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) hosted their second annual Beyond the Barriers: Building the Ontario Aerospace R&T Community event at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel that was focused on building academic partnerships, finding funding partners, and networking across all levels of the research and development chain.   The Downsview […]

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On March 22 and 23, 2017 the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) hosted their second annual Beyond the Barriers: Building the Ontario Aerospace R&T Community event at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel that was focused on building academic partnerships, finding funding partners, and networking across all levels of the research and development chain.

 

The Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Consortium was a sponsor of the event and is a member of the OAC. DAIR is a consortium of leading academic and industry institutions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and the OAC is a not-for-profit organization with a purpose to enhance recognition of Ontario’s capabilities as a leader in global aerospace markets and work together to build greater expertise to assure continued growth and prosperity.

 

At the Beyond the Barriers event, DAIR and the OAC formally entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize the collaboration between the two organizations. The MOU highlights the following areas of collaboration:

 

  • Advocacy for Ontario’s aerospace sector
  • Marketing and communication for promoting the work of Ontario’s aerospace sector
  • Research and Partnership opportunities with Ontario’s aerospace stakeholders

“We look forward to an active working relationship with the OAC. DAIR recognizes only through collaboration can we truly strengthen Ontario’s Aerospace sector.” – Andrew Petrou, Executive Director, DAIR

 

Both organizations have a similar outlook on the benefit of collaboration in order to bring the maximum benefit for all in order to sustain and grow the aerospace sector for Ontario and Canada.

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$2.3M NSERC grant for Centennial College for Electric Landing Gear Project http://www.dairhub.com/centennial-college-awarded-2-3m-nserc-grant-electric-landing-gear-project/ http://www.dairhub.com/centennial-college-awarded-2-3m-nserc-grant-electric-landing-gear-project/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 14:58:07 +0000 http://www.dairhub.com/?p=305 Centennial College has received $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to investigate the next generation of landing gear for energy-efficient aircraft.   With the aerospace industry investing in weight reduction to make aircraft more fuel efficient, replacing heavy hydraulic systems with electric-actuated landing gear becomes an attractive goal for manufacturers. […]

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Centennial College has received $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to investigate the next generation of landing gear for energy-efficient aircraft.

 

With the aerospace industry investing in weight reduction to make aircraft more fuel efficient, replacing heavy hydraulic systems with electric-actuated landing gear becomes an attractive goal for manufacturers.

 

Ontario is a leader in global aerospace landing gear design and manufacturing, and a hub for aviation ingenuity. Centennial College is bolstering its capacity to innovate with Safran Landing Systems, one of the key industry partners in this applied research initiative.

 

“Safran Landing Systems is continually developing new technologies such as electrical actuation and additive manufacturing to ensure that we can meet the needs of our customers in the future,” says Joseph Lan, Research and Technology Program Manager, Safran Landing Systems.

 

“NSERC funding is a key component of our near-term research activities in Canada and enables Safran to engage in collaborative innovation between not only Centennial but other Canadian industrial partners. We look forward to working together closely to develop this next-generation landing gear technology that will have a direct benefit to Centennial’s faculty and students, and the Canadian aerospace industry.”

 

The $2.3 million research grant is part of a $37.4 million investment in 37 applied-research projects by the federal government agency, which recognizes the valuable role Canada’s colleges play in research and innovation. Strong ties with their communities place colleges in a unique position to collaborate with local companies to develop innovations that strengthen economic growth and create new, sustainable jobs.

 

“The NSERC funding is not only a collaboration between institutions and industry, but it supports a vital experiential learning opportunity for our students as they help develop more efficient and environmentally friendly landing gear technology,” says Ann Buller, President of Centennial College. “This research project is a prime example of the kind of collaborative work we plan to incubate at the DAIR research centre, which eventually will adjoin our aerospace campus in Downsview Park.”

 

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Aerospace Cluster Takes Off at Toronto’s Downsview Park http://www.dairhub.com/aerospace-cluster-takes-off-torontos-downsview-park/ http://www.dairhub.com/aerospace-cluster-takes-off-torontos-downsview-park/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:34:25 +0000 http://www.dairhub.com/?p=286 Toronto, November 21, 2016 – The federal and provincial governments combined contribution of nearly $44 million to relocate and expand Centennial College’s aerospace program at Downsview is the first step towards the creation of the Downsview aerospace hub, says the executive director of an academia- industry aerospace consortium. “These significant federal and provincial government investments […]

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Toronto, November 21, 2016 – The federal and provincial governments combined contribution of nearly $44 million to relocate and expand Centennial College’s aerospace program at Downsview is the first step towards the creation of the Downsview aerospace hub, says the executive director of an academia- industry aerospace consortium.

“These significant federal and provincial government investments to re-locate Centennial College’s aerospace program to Downsview are the essential first steps toward the development of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) hub or cluster. KPMG estimates this initiative will create some 14,400 jobs and contribute $2.3 billion in direct and indirect benefits to the economy over the next 20 years,” said Andrew Petrou, Executive Director of DAIR.

The heart of the cluster will include DAIR consortium members – Centennial College, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, York University, Ryerson University, and eight cutting-edge aerospace companies – Pratt and Whitney Canada, FlightSafety International, UTC Aerospace Systems, Honeywell, Safran, MDA, Bombardier Aerospace, and Canadensys Aerospace Corporation. These firms and institutions will participate in the DAIR Innovation Centre, which will provide shared space, including experimental and test facilities to collaborate on new research, development and commercialization initiatives.

Downsview is a large parcel of land north of Toronto owned by the federal government’s Canada Land Corporation. The site originated as an airfield with a manufacturing complex founded and expanded by the historic de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada.

The Downsview site was a military base for many years until it was closed in 1996. Today, the site consists of numerous buildings and complexes considered part of a rare collection of structures linked to the aviation history of Canada.

University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies Professor David Zingg, a DAIR founding member, called the development a whole new approach to aerospace education.

“The opportunity that Downsview presents for companies, colleges and universities to work together in close proximity on aerospace education, research and product development cannot be overstated. We know that it is through this kind of industry-academic collaboration, facilitated by clustering, that the most significant and innovative results occur,” said Zingg, who added that UTIAS was originally located at Downsview Park in 1949 and that he would welcome moving the school back to its historical location.

Jim Quick, President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, also strongly endorsed the DAIR hub and stated: “Four years ago, the Emerson Report on the future of aerospace in Canada highlighted the importance of stronger industry-academic collaboration in our sector. The report spoke positively about the opportunity Downsview offered in this regard. We are excited to see the Downsview aerospace cluster starting to come together through these initial federal and provincial investments.”

The Downsview aerospace hub has the enthusiastic support of Toronto Mayor John Tory, who wrote a letter of support for DAIR expressing the “City’s serious commitment to encouraging the development of the full and complete vision of the Downsview Aerospace Hub as a world-class centre of excellence in support of Canada’s aerospace sector development strategy.”

DAIR has already attracted the attention of other leading aerospace companies in the US and Europe, who are looking at Downsview as an exciting growth opportunity for their companies in the Canadian marketplace.

The clustering of academic institutions and industry at Downsview will bolster innovation and growth and help secure a bright future for the Ontario aerospace industry, a vital part of the province’s manufacturing base.
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UTIAS Updates from the 2015-2016 Academic Year http://www.dairhub.com/dair-blog-utias-1/ http://www.dairhub.com/dair-blog-utias-1/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 00:27:42 +0000 http://www.dairhub.com//?p=210 As the 2015-16 academic year winds down, many exciting things are happening at UTIAS. Prof. Adam Steinberg was recently awarded the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award by the Combustion Institute, an impressive international recognition of the excellence of Prof. Steinberg’s combustion research. Professor Angela Schoellig appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin to […]

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As the 2015-16 academic year winds down, many exciting things are happening at UTIAS. Prof. Adam Steinberg was recently awarded the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award by the Combustion Institute, an impressive international recognition of the excellence of Prof. Steinberg’s combustion research. Professor Angela Schoellig appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss the future of robots. Prof. David Zingg discussed the importance of sustainable aviation in a video created for Research2Reality.

 

UTIAS’s two recently formed Centres, the Centre for Research in Sustainable Aviation (CRSA) and the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE) are now at full speed. The CRSA includes both innovative education and cutting edge research in sustainable aviation, producing a uniquely qualified group of graduates who are well prepared to enter Canada’s aerospace sector. CRSA research spans a wide range of technologies aimed at reducing noise and emissions, including lightweight structures, active flow control, unconventional aircraft configurations, and biofuel combustion, to name a few. More information can be found by clicking here.

 

The CRSA is also holding its 5th International Workshop on Aviation and Climate Change in May, an invitation-only event held every two years and attended by some of the world’s top experts in the field from the academic, industry, and government sectors. Also, it is not too late to register for the CRSA’s Summer School on Sustainable Aviation 2016: Active Flow Control, which will be held at UTIAS May 16-17. Click here for more information.

 

CARRE was established in May 2015 to meet the demand for engineers and scientists with the highly interdisciplinary education needed to contribute to the burgeoning field of civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which we refer to as aerial robots in order to emphasize the connection to robotics. In addition to its educational component, CARRE is engaged in leading edge research in many topics critical to the next generation of UAVs, including sensing and control for near-autonomous operation, aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and materials. Although CARRE has numerous partners from the Canadian UAV industry, anyone interested in becoming involved with CARRE is encouraged to contact Prof. Hugh Liu at UTIAS.

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FlightSafety celebrates 65th Anniversary http://www.dairhub.com/flightsafety-celebrates-65th-anniversary/ http://www.dairhub.com/flightsafety-celebrates-65th-anniversary/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 00:13:14 +0000 http://www.dairhub.com//?p=208 FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that today, beginning in April 2016, the organization will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of its founding. “Today we commemorate and celebrate FlightSafety’s 65th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have focused on our mission to enhance aviation safety while providing outstanding Customer service and the highest quality training and […]

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FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that today, beginning in April 2016, the organization will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of its founding.

“Today we commemorate and celebrate FlightSafety’s 65th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have focused on our mission to enhance aviation safety while providing outstanding Customer service and the highest quality training and equipment,” said Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President & CEO. “We are most grateful to our Customers for the opportunity to be of service and to our Teammates for their dedication to excellence.”

“We will always be truly thankful to Al Ueltschi for founding this outstanding company,” he added. “Al’s vision, leadership, and commitment to safety are best summarized in his, and our, belief that the best safety device in any aircraft is a well-trained crew. This is as true and important today as it was in 1951.”

FlightSafety was incorporated in the State of New York on March 29, 1951. When the first aircraft built specifically for business aviation took flight, FlightSafety was there, working directly with Customers and aircraft manufacturers to develop and deliver safety-focused training.

Today FlightSafety serves business aviation, commercial airlines, and governments and military agencies around the world. Close to 1,800 instructors deliver more than 4,000 courses for 135 aircraft models as well as new advanced training programs and specialty courses throughout the company’s global network of Learning Centers and online through eLearning.

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