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Centre for Air Travel Research

Canada Launches new Centre for Air Travel Research

To remain a leader in the global aerospace industry and keep air travel safe and enjoyable, the Government of Canada is investing in leading-edge technologies to develop greener, safer, and more comfortable air travel. The new Centre for Air Travel Research is the world's first and only facility to study the air travel experience from start to finish; from check-in to terminal, to security, boarding, flying, and deplaning.

All businesses involved in the air travel experience, including airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and cabin equipment and systems suppliers need the right research platforms and technologies to develop and test their solutions to real-world challenges. The Centre for Air Travel Research provides the aerospace industry with a flexible, collaborative space to develop, integrate, and evaluate aerospace technologies, systems and materials. 

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The centre will be managed by the National Research Council who supports the aerospace industry with expertise across a wide range of disciplines. Located next to the Ottawa International Airport, this unique facility will allow companies to evaluate a passenger's complete air travel experience to improve safety, efficiency and comfort.

“The National Research Council of Canada's Centre for Air Travel Research will benefit travellers, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers from around the world," notes the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

In addition to offering a realistic re-creation of an airport terminal, the Centre for Air Travel Research also boasts the Flexible Cabin Laboratory, complete with an A320 aircraft cabin that allows for the study of passenger flight experience, human vibration, and more.

“Our government is working to make sure that the Canadian aerospace industry is in the best possible position to meet customers' needs and remain competitive. By launching the world's first and only centre dedicated to improving customers' air travel experience, Canada is demonstrating that it's at the leading edge of innovation,” says The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Aerospace contributes some $24.5 billion in GDP to Canada’s economy, with centres of excellence in Montréal and Winnipeg and with a maintenance and manufacturing centre in Kelowna, each a unique destination in which to host conferences in the aerospace sector. 

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