France and the UK have agreed a common military staff requirement for a future medium-altitude long-endurance (Male) UAS, according to Gen. Denis Mercier, commander of the French Air Force. However, he cautioned that the move would not automatically result in the development by European industry of a Male UAV “because there is no money available at the moment.” European aerospace leaders have been pressing for the launch of a “Euro-Male” development program.
AJW Aviation has appointed Ruslan Nurislamov as v-p of business development to promote its integrated aircraft support services. Nurislamov will be responsible for Russia and the CIS and will focus on promoting AJW Technique, the global hub for AJW component repair activities located in Montréal.
Skyservice Business Aviation, headquartered in Montréal, celebrated the chain’s 25th anniversary in August. Starting in 1986 with an FBO at Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, the company has since added locations in Toronto and Calgary, all offering up to heavy maintenance capabilities for a variety of business jets and turboprops.
The FAA has awarded supplemental type certificate approval to Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group to install its I-Cair cabin-air quality system on the Bombardier Global series. The I-Cair system was jointly developed by Dorval, Canada-based Innotech Aviation and Montreal-based Air Data, using its JetAir bio-protection system, with installations being done at Innotech’s completion center in Montreal.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced that it is cutting 410 jobs and closing its Longueuil plant near Montreal, citing the global slowdown in the aerospace market. It plans to eliminate 250 jobs by year-end and another 160 by the end of next year, when it shuts down the Longueuil facility.
Robert Brown, president and CEO of Montreal-based pilot training provider and simulator manufacturer CAE, has announced his retirement effective at the end of this month. He will be succeeded by executive vice president and COO Marc Parent. Brown will remain with the company in an advisory capacity until the end of the year.
CAE on Wednesday announced that its president and CEO, Robert Brown, will retire on September 30. CAE’s board of directors has appointed Marc Parent, CAE’s executive vice president and COO, as Brown’s successor. Brown has agreed to serve as an advisor until the end of December.
Under a partnership agreement signed with Air Data, Innotech Aviation’s Montreal completion center will install Air Data JetAir bio-protection systems (BPS) on Bombardier Global Expresses. The JetAir BPS uses “cold plasma ionic interaction” technology, which catches and inactivates air contaminants and reduces “harmful and annoying gases against which traditional filters have no effect,” according to Innotech.
Aéro Montréal, greater Montreal’s aerospace cluster, has signed two “framework agreements” with similar industrial clusters in Germany and Poland aimed at improving cooperation and expanding trade. During the Paris Airshow last year Aéro Montréal signed similar agreements with the aerospace clusters
in Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine in France.
Transport Canada announced last month that Montreal Dorval Airport will be officially renamed Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport to honor Canada’s former prime minister. The name change won’t take effect, however, until January 1, and the YUL identifier will be retained. Trudeau, who served as PM from 1968 to 1979 and then again from 1980 to 1984, died from cancer on Sept. 28, 2000, at the age of 80.
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