RESEARCH: Québec taking the next steps towards greening aviation

Aéro Montréal and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) are joining their efforts to promote SA²GE, a project to develop a more ecological aircraft.

Aéro Montréal is a strategic think tank that groups all major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector, including companies, educational research institutions, associations, and unions, while CRIAQ is a non-profit organization that is working to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry and broaden the sector’s collective knowledge base through the enhanced student education and targeted, industry-focused collaborative research projects.

The SA²GE project is part of the Quebec Aerospace Strategy and of the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan and is supported by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation and Ministère du Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques.

Phase 2 of SA²GE began in the Spring of 2016 and includes five projects that aim to mobilize Quebec’s aerospace sector until March 2020. Projects by industry leaders, including Bombardier, CAE, Esterline CMC Electronics, TeraXion and Thales Canada, will focus on manufacturing, avionics, optics and megadata analysis. Their ambitious objectives are aimed at technological innovation, impacts on the economy and the reduction of greenhouse gases. Mobilizing small and medium enterprises, as well as Quebec universities and research centers, is also at the heart of this project.

Applications for participation in these exciting research projects must be received by 11:59 PM on 16 January 2017. More information about them and the application process can be found on the CRIAQ website, here.

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