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Reconfiguring Aircraft for a Sustainable 21st Century

NRC Program to Develop Technologies to Meet Demands for a Future Fleets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/16/13 -- The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announced its Aeronautics for the 21st Century (Aero21) research program, which will help develop and advance critical technologies for existing and new aircraft configurations. This research program is in response to the economic and financial pressures to improve the fuel efficiency and performance of commercial and passenger aircraft currently faced by the global airline industry.

"NRC will work with the Canadian aerospace industry across the supply chain to ensure that their efforts are sustained well into the 21st century," said Jerzy Komorowski, General Manager of the Aerospace portfolio at NRC, while participating at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Aerospace Summit. "This will help secure Canada's position as a global leader in supporting the next-generation of efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly aircraft."

To meet the demand for an increasingly efficient, economical aircraft fleet, Aero21 will focus on four areas: manufacturing efficiency, fuel efficiency, emissions control, and fresh approaches to aviation. Work in each of these areas will include retrofits to existing aircraft to provide incremental benefits, new technologies (such as composite process modeling and clean combustion systems, and advanced engine materials) to be included in the production of future aircraft, and technologies for next-generation airframe and engine concepts. These technologies will then be validated and demonstrated in a realistic prototype environment.

The National Research Council, through its world-class expertise and network of state-of-the-art facilities in aerospace research, located in Ottawa, Montreal and Thompson (Manitoba), supports the aviation industry by offering clients unique opportunities to participate in large-scale technology demonstration projects and create important links between players across the Canadian supply chain.

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