Program Highlights 2012–2013

Annex A

The majority of projects in the SADI portfolio are in the research and development (R&D) phase. Economic and social benefits are expected from the research and then commercialization of the innovation over the 20-year life cycle of an average project.

This annex provides an update on the status of projects that have been undertaking their R&D for at least one year (i.e. projects contracted before 2012–2013), as well as projects that entered the repayment phase, and those that became inactive in 2012–2013.

Projects the Research and Development Phase
(2007/08 – 2011/12)

ASCO Aerospace Canada Ltd.

Location: Delta, British Columbia
Authorized SADI Assistance: $7,688,288
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: ASCO Canada's R&D is focused on developing new techniques and approaches to titanium and aluminium milling, putting in place strict internal quality assurance procedures, and developing an advanced computerized machining process.

Collaboration: ASCO Canada has maintained a coop partnership with the University of British Columbia and has recruited post graduated students into its operations.

Economic and Social Benefits: In under a decade ASCO Canada has transformed itself from a small machine-shop working on one-off machining contracts into a highly sophisticated machining firm compliant with stringent industry standards. It has been awarded large volume, contracts for complex structural aerospace components including for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, where ASCO Canada will machine the titanium bulkhead (frame) of the plane, the single largest structural component. ASCO Canada has implemented additional waste reclamation and recycling programs, dramatically reducing industrial waste and minimizing its ecological footprint. Recently, Asco was awarded additional commercial projects which will capitalize on the technology developed under this project. The company growth continues with 2013 revenues expected to exceed the previous year by over 20 percent.

Axys Technologies Inc.

Location: Sidney, British Columbia
Authorized SADI Assistance: $1,836,900
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of this project is to research and develop a system to combine data from various maritime monitoring and surveillance sources to provide comprehensive real-time information to enhance maritime domain awareness. The innovative aspect of this project involves the system's ability to receive information from various sources, integrate the data and present it to users and decision makers in real time. The goal of this project will be to integrate and manage data from sensors and systems to provide a unified view of maritime domain and enhance port and waterside security. This project is currently in the research and test phase with approximately 90 percent completed to date.

Collaboration: AXYS has been collaborating with the University of Victoria, Camosun College and Memorial University of Newfoundland. AXYS has also been working with the Port of Prince Rupert to enhance its waterside monitoring and surveillance program. As well, AXYS continues to engage engineering co-op students in its research and development activities and is collaborating with JASCO Research and Ocean Sonics in the area of marine underwater acoustic surveillance.


Economic and Social Benefits: Once the innovation currently being developed is complete, this technology is expected to help defence and security organizations, port operators and other stakeholders improve maritime surveillance and security and respond promptly to security incidents such as undesired vessel movements, discharge of pollutants at sea, oil spills and severe weather threats.

CAE Inc.

Location: Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Authorized SADI Assistance: $250,000,000
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: Development of several innovative products is underway which has allowed for a number of new trademarks to be registered and patent applications filed and granted. Products which are in late development phase include: the 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) platform, the Augmented Visionics System, and the next generation of Magnetic Anomaly Detection. CAE has completed a technology demonstrator for its Unmanned Arial System Mission Trainer.

Collaboration: CAE uses a collaborative model of technological development that benefits universities and research facilities. The company has made contributions in excess of $7 million for collaborative projects with universities and research institutes including: a McGill University Research Chair; Carleton University's Centre for Advanced Studies in Visualization and Simulation; and CAE's Augmented Engineering Environment Software/Development Laboratory at École Polytechnique de Montréal. It has also launched collaborations with Ottawa and McMaster Universities, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec, the National Research Council of Canada, the Institut national d'optique and other educational institutions.

In addition to encouraging its own technical employees to continue studies in advanced degrees through educational assistance benefits, CAE employs approximately 170 co-op students per year through the SADI program, helping to develop the talent pipeline of the aerospace industry.

Economic and Social Benefits:The company has introduced new aircraft platforms incorporating Project Falcon technologies. Project Falcon has also enabled CAE to maintain and broaden training services. CAE is strengthening its Canadian supply chain through partnerships with Canadian industry and broadening Canada's international footprint through global sales of over 18 follow-on devices.

Modeling and simulation applications have been leveraged into the defence and security applications, notably PRESAGIS products which were featured at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. CAE is expanding professional services offerings, applying modeling and simulation to achieve safety, security and efficiency/ productivity benefits for entire Nations, such as Brunei. Falcon know-how in complex algorithmic modeling and evidence–based training has also been applied in healthcare and mining markets.

CAE's simulation product platforms have been made more environmentally positive through the use of new composite materials to reduce material footprints, and electric motion and vibration systems. Under Project Falcon, CAE is contributing to a better environment: for wide-body aircraft pilot training, between 7 500 and 14000 litres of fuel are saved for every hour of training that is converted from aircraft to simulator and 6.6 metric tons of CO2 are saved per hour of live training converted to simulation. Noise and other negative impacts are also mitigated. CAE demonstrates its commitment to market leadership by bringing innovation to its products, services and processes. CAE has more than 8,000 employees at more than 100 sites and training locations in approximately 30 countries. Over 3,900 of these employees are in Canada and over 1,450 of them are directly dedicated to R&D activities.


D-TA Systems Inc.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Authorized SADI Assistance: $1,790,140
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: This project involves research and development of products that convert high frequency analog signals into intermediate frequency analog signals (Activity 1), develop software/firmware for recording and processing the digital data (Activity 2), and convert intermediate frequency analog signals to digital data for computers (Activity 3). The objective is to change how large-scale defence systems such as radar, radio, and sonar are built. The end results of the R&D will be configured solutions to enable large-scale systems to be built without the need for additional hardware components. To date, Activity 1 has been successfully completed resulting in cutting-edge technology products which have been delivered to defence customers in the USA; Activity 2 is approximately 70 percent complete and expected to be fully completed before the end of 2013. Significant progress has been made on Activity 3. Improvements in recording data at a higher rate is expected to surpass current industry norms.

Collaboration: D-TA founded Carleton University's Dipak and Tara Roy Sensor Processing Laboratory which was opened in November 2011. This laboratory supports graduate research and facilitates advanced research in sensor processing to develop concepts, algorithms and system architectures for a variety of applications, including: radio, radar, sonar, wireless, medical imaging and instruments, and other areas of interest to communication, defence and aerospace sectors. Four students have benefited from D-TA guidance and supervision and access to company facilities. One of these students has been recruited as a full-time employee of the company. In addition, D-TA has executed a commercial contract with the support of a Carleton University engineering faculty member. Further, D-TA brought a number of organizations together including Carleton, Memorial and Royal Military College, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) to explore collaboration opportunities.

Economic and Social Benefits: The R&D project has increased D-TA's capabilities and enhanced its competitiveness. D-TA has been able to significantly increase its number of international clients, including 35 blue-chip customers in eight countries. A number of new high paying jobs were created in 2013.

Héroux-Devtek Inc.

Location: Longueuil, Quebec
Authorized SADI Assistance: $26,964,430
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation :The project to incorporate new technologies into landing gear design consists of developing and integrating new technologies such as advanced design and modeling capability; developing landing monitoring and diagnostic tools; and developing lighter landing gear that is more resistant to corrosion. As a result of the advancement of the HD SADI-funded project, seven new products have been developed, 15 technologies have been optimized and five processes have been established. SADI assistance has resulted in the following projects currently undergoing qualification: front and main landing gear and tail skid shock absorber for the Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter; front and main landing gear for the Embraer Legacy 450/500 business jets; and front and main landing gear for the Learjet 85 business jet; as well as the Bombardier/Learjet emergency release system. In addition, 15 other new technologies have been developed, commercialized and/or placed in service.

Collaboration : Since 2007, HD has hired 35 student interns from Laval University, the École Polytechnique, ÉTS, Dawson College and Collège Bois-de-Boulogne. In the medium term, the company is aware of the need to develop a collaborative relationship with certain educational institutions.


Economic and social benefits: As a result of the SADI project, three major sales have been concluded with three different major clients: front, main and tail skid landing gear for the Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter; front and main landing gear for the Embraer Legacy 450/500 business jets; front and main landing gear for the Learjet 85 business jet, as well as the Bombardier/Learjet emergency release system. This project, which involves optimizing the landing gear design to reduce its weight, will generate environmental benefits over the long term. In addition, the creation of full-time positions and the hiring of students will generate long-term economic benefits.

Integran Technologies Inc.

Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Authorized SADI Assistance: $807,399
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: Integran has developed a proprietary and patented electrodeposition nanophase cobalt phosphorous product called Nanovate CoP as a replacement for Electrolytic Hard Chrome (EHC) in steel components used in aerospace applications. This product is an environmentally compliant alternative to EHC that exhibits significant performance enhancements, including superior sliding wear, lubricity, corrosion protection and fatigue resistance while showing efficiencies over EHC. The greater efficiencies of this newly developed process include lower power consumption and higher deposition rates resulting in a much smaller carbon footprint. This new product can be employed on, and adheres to, all standard (low carbon) steels, high strength steels and aluminum alloys and may equally be used in military and private sector products. Demonstration and validation components installed on the US DoD aircraft and are currently being evaluated for performance against strict military specifications. The plating specification and activation procedures, as well as data acquisition with the US DoD, remains ongoing.

Collaboration: Integran collaborates with a number of Master and PhD students from the Materials Engineering Department of the University of Toronto to leverage their knowledge, expertise and equipment. Students are given the opportunity of working in a real world leading edge environment in which to apply their skills and to learn new ones from actual hands-on applications.

Economic and Social Benefits: Integran licensed its Nanovate CoP process to a Montreal-based aerospace company as an alternative to hard chromium electroplating in gas turbine power plant applications for aerospace use. Qualification and approval of the technology for use at the US DoD will guide supplier OEM requirements. Through industry collaboration and participation at technical conferences, presenting papers and publishing articles, Integran has engaged in interactions with all major aerospace landing gear and airframe companies. Integran is currently conducting prototyping programs which should lead to licensing opportunities. This new technology replaces existing hard chromium plating processes known to cause adverse health effects (ranging from skin ulcerations to lung cancer) and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution. Integran has also extended license exclusivity by five years to a major US manufacturer of hard chrome steel bars and tubes for the fluid power (hydraulic) industry.

Integran Technologies Inc.

Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Authorized SADI Assistance: $399,386
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of this project is to undertake research and development of a nano-structured alloy material that offers superior performance while meeting the highest environmental standards as an alternative to toxic copper-beryllium for aerospace and defence products. The nano-structured alloy development continues to progress and is being targeted for parallel applications requiring high strength, high corrosion protection, good electrical conductivity and high thermal stability, as well as a number of other properties possessed by copper-beryllium.


Integran has engaged with major users of copper-beryllium (e.g. aerospace and defence companies) and will be conducting prototyping programs which is expected to lead to licensing and manufacturing opportunities. This new nano-structured material solution has been shown to be promising both scientifically and commercially and Integran believes it possesses a unique position as product prices are expected to become more attractive within the aerospace industry.

Collaboration: Integran is involving two engineering students from the University of Toronto in this project. The students are taking one year to work in the company as part of their program.

Economic and Social Benefits: Once the R&D is completed, Integran expects to expand its product line and customer base, providing next-generation metal alloys that are more robust and free from toxic copper-beryllium alloys. In addition, qualification and approval of the technology (e.g. for use at the US DoD) will guide supplier OEM requirements. 

The nano-structured material being developed is expected to offer a number of additional benefits, such as increased production efficiency, reduction in material usage, and penetration of new markets where the nano-structured alternative offers higher strength and lower friction than CuBe, providing new business opportunities. The combination of these benefits is expected to broaden the customer base to include those customers which cannot afford copper-beryllium and its associated toxicity and/or require performance improvements over copper-beryllium only offered by the nano-structured materials being developed as part of this project. 

Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd.

Location: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Authorized SADI Assistance: $4,968,000
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. (KML) is developing its next generation of sonar for the purposes of monitoring and classifying threats to ports and high-value marine assets. These high resolution images will also be used for mine detection, avoidance and counter measure. The sonar being developed has proven itself in trials and has been deployed to various other industries (fisheries, oil and gas, engineering) with favourable results. KML's sonar units use advanced telemetry and data compression in order to obtain the most detailed images as fast as possible. The unique imaging technology of the M3 sonar has been protected with patents.

Collaboration: KML has employed coop students (temporary) as well as Post Docs (long term) from SFU and provides funding for a PhD student at the University of Victoria for the development of imaging technology. KML continues to look to engage a Post Doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia for using sonar and acoustics for material characterization and possibly classification.

Economic and Social Benefits: To date, KML's has commercialized one model of its M3 sonar which has a wide range of abilities and operable depths. A dual axis single beam sonar system to acquire profile points for 3D point cloud rendering and modeling has been released to production with use in port security and clearance as well as commercial engineering applications. A 1MHz 1171 single beam sonar system for high resolution imaging has also been released to production for use by police and first responders for evidence recovery and security applications.

Magellan Aerospace Limited 

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Authorized SADI Assistance: $43,391,600
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of the project is to undertake the research and development of new processes for composite manufacturing and complex assemblies that incorporate both composite and metallic components. This project is related to the multi-national Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The complexity and precision, essential to produce the parts that go into an F-35 JSF, requires specific technologies. For example, the aircraft design demands exactness such that on the multiple pieces that are assembled for the horizontal tail assembly, almost 1,400 holes each, have to align within one-half thousandth of an inch, which is 1/6th the thickness of a piece of paper. Magellan has successfully completed the first units. The technology required to complete this engineering feat, and do it repeatedly and efficiently, continues to improve with new equipment, software updates and new processes, all supported by SADI.

Collaboration: Working with Red River College, Magellan opened the Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection Technologies, which is located on the College's Industrial Campus at Magellan Aerospace. This state-of-the-art centre allows students and professors to learn and experience laser technology that inspects carbon fibre parts up to 85 percent faster, on the only installation of its kind outside of the US. Red River College worked with Magellan in developing JSF assembly and composite training classes for current employees. Magellan also sits on an advisory board which outlines the Red River College composite courses. Work is also being done with the University of Manitoba and the Composite Innovation Centre.

Economic and Social Benefits: Magellan is advancing its manufacturing capabilities with leading edge equipment in state-of-the-art facilities at divisions within Canada, and continues to develop technologies that provide the opportunity for many years of work. These precision machining, composite work, and inspection technologies provide employment in highly skilled manufacturing jobs and world-class learning opportunities for students and faculty. With the international participation associated with the JSF program, Magellan is gaining global recognition for its accomplishments in applying advanced technology in a production environment. Components that have been produced at Magellan are flying as part of the flight testing fleet. As this phase of the program continues over the next few years, Magellan will continue to make affordability, design, and engineering improvements. Full rate production of the JSF program is now expected in the latter part of this decade.

PCI Geomatics Inc.

Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Authorized SADI Assistance: $7,665,000
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of this project is to research and develop a high-speed computing framework and software suite that will make it possible to process large amounts of raw satellite image data faster and more cost-effectively, with an emphasis on increasing the automation of image processing. The resulting data are essential for decision making in many fields, including environmental monitoring, agriculture, security and intelligence, aerospace and defence, and wide-area surveillance. This project has developed and demonstrated software that can automatically extract information from earth observation data obtained from satellites and other aerial vehicles.

Collaboration: PCI has recently entered into a collaboration with Queen's University on a project researching feature extraction from Very High Resolution remote sensing imagery. Previously, PCI completed a collaboration with the University of Ottawa under the SME4SME program in the exploration of visual attention models in the context of satellite imaging. Other investigations and engagements undertaken by PCI within the term of this SADI project include: an investigation into the area of neural net computation applications in high resolution earth observation imagery with the University of Toronto, and a collaboration with the University of New Brunswick in the area of optical and radar image processing. PCI continues to seek out opportunities to collaborate with post secondary institutions.

Economic and Social Benefits: SADI funding has aided PCI in enhancing technologies, most notably Geomatica and GeoImaging Accelerator, allowing them to enter the marketplace at a faster rate. SADI assistance has enabled PCI to apply more resources to technology development, improve the quality of its product releases and expand its range of offerings to new technologies. Technology development undertaken with the assistance of SADI funding has resulted in software products that are capable of processing and managing large volumes of geospatial data quickly and accurately. This software converts data into decision support information at faster speeds and with less operator interaction and can be used to create custom applications. Recent improvements to the software products have increased the efficiency of many data processing workflows, resulting in savings of time, energy and computing resources to PCI software users. Information can be processed much more quickly, and at lower cost, than previously possible.


Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC)

Location: Longueuil, Quebec
Authorized SADI Assistance: $300,000,000
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: P&WC is developing aircraft engines that are lighter, more powerful, and offer better fuel consumption and improved durability, enabled by technologies related to lighter materials, high temperature coatings, next generation combustors, novel compressor architectures, intelligent engine controls and advanced manufacturing technologies. The company is leading the way in developing cleaner, quieter engines which, in many cases, will exceed the noise and emission standards in the industry. The technologies developed in this project are being demonstrated in next generation platforms, such as regional turboprop and large business jet. The quality of the innovation is reflected in over 60 patents granted per year.

Collaboration: The company has established and maintained collaborative relationships with a large number of universities, research institutions and industrial partners in Canada, with a total investment of approximately $10 million per year. It has been recognized by the Science Technology and Innovation Council as a leader in strategic collaboration. On a yearly basis, P&WC conducts over 200 collaborative projects with 17 universities across Canada, engaging well over 400 students through different programs. P&WC participates in seven NSERC industrial research chairs established at universities in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec and five consortia and research networks, such as Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), which enhance university expertise and develop Canadian supply chains. In addition, P&WC has established ten university Centres of Expertise and has been instrumental in the creation of the Undergraduate Aerospace Institutes at six universities in Ontario and Quebec. All collaborative initiatives contribute to advancing university expertise, expanding the capability of the supply chain, and developing the next generation of aerospace professionals in Canada.

Economic and Social Benefits: Since the start of the project, the technologies developed have led to the certification of a new PT6A turboprop engine, which builds upon the PT6A legacy. The PT6A-140 offers more power to extend its capabilities for missions with higher altitudes and demonstrates a 5 percent improvement in specific fuel consumption, through the incorporation of advanced aerodynamics, a more efficient compressor, and the latest generation of hot section materials. Other innovations have reduced emissions, increased maintenance intervals and further enhanced ease of operation with the introduction of digital electronic control to small gas turbine engines. These new technologies are delivering additional benefits such as reduction of noise and elimination of materials of concern. In its next generation regional turboprop, these new technologies are resulting in 20 percent lower fuel consumption. Through the use of fewer raw materials, increased automation and more efficient manufacturing processes, the company is lowering its use of energy and reducing its production of pollutants. In addition, the project provides development opportunities for the company's already highly skilled workforce and its research and industrial partners. Since the beginning of this project, over 1400 engineering employees have increased their technical skills through formal training. P&WC employees are actively participating in over 130 technical committees and aerospace association to shape the future of the aerospace industry.

Thales Canada Inc.

Location: Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Authorized SADI Assistance: $12,988,800
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of the project is to research and develop a full Fly-By-Wire (FBW) flight control system that is lighter and more reliable than the mechanical linkages of the hydro-mechanical flight control systems. To date, this project has resulted in the development of three new technologies related to the Bi-directional 429 field bus, Flight Control Computer and Back-up Flight Control Computer. In addition, the project has resulted in the development of two new products with the Flight Control Computer and a Back-up Flight Control Unit V2 and a further evolution to version V3. Version V3, still in the prototyping phase, will allow introduction of side stick controller inceptors and allow Thales to increase the level of understanding of this technology.

Collaboration: Thales is involved in several collaborative projects with the "Consortium de recherche et d'innovation en aérospatiale au Québec", École Polytechnique de Montréal, McGill and École de Technologie Supérieure for total research contributions approaching $690,000. Through these research projects there is an exchange of knowledge between the universities' researchers and Thales in the development of new prototypes. Thales is also hiring 10 students on a full time basis. In addition to aligning research to the needs of the industry, this provides the students invaluable work experience and on the job training. 

Economic and Social Benefits: Thales's two new products, the Flight Control Computer and Backup Flight Control Unit are both available in V2 version and ready for integration into commercial, FBW aircraft. Their modularity and adaptability allows them to meet the needs of a wide range of regional and business FBW aircraft in terms of aircraft size, structure and performance requirements.

Ultra Electronics TCS Inc.

Location: Montréal, Quebec,
Authorized SADI Assistance: $32,447,400
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: Ultra Electronics is developing a new generation of tactical radio systems, comprising wireless and mobile communication devices for military and government security applications. The company is on track with respect to developing a family of high capacity radios with unique features for different markets. New technologies under development include a platform that fully exploits the Software Defined Radio concept; a multiband/multichannel radio that integrates several communication technologies into one system. At the CANSEC tradeshow in May 2013, the company announced the launch of the ORION radio, their 4th generation of High-Capacity Radios with multiband, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio capabilities that thickens the terrestrial transport layer to help boost military mission commands and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance applications performance, simultaneously reducing the burden on beyond line-of-site systems. The radio combines high-bandwidth throughput, performance and operational flexibility within a small form factor. Configuration of the ORION is carried out using applications on an Android handset, which communicates securely with the ORION via the access channel.

Collaboration: Ultra Electronics is contributing $250,000 per year to support a NSERC Industrial Research Chair in high performance wireless emergency tactical communications technology at the École de Technologie Supérieure. The Chair currently employs 2 institutional researchers, 2 Post-Doc fellows, 4 Professional Engineers, 12 PhD candidates, and 8 Masters Engineering candidates. This has allowed many students to develop highly specialized expertise in wireless technology and to benefit from valuable internships in the industry.

Economic and Social Benefits: The Company has released and sold a version of the high capacity radio that addresses a new military frequency to the United Arab Emirates. This year, 20 new frequency units have been purchased by the Department of National Defence. It has completed the R&D on another radio and is now bidding to win major contracts in India. One other radio and the adaptive antenna are mature enough to start business development efforts. More than 10 software and firmware design contractors contributed to this project with much hardware design subcontracted to Canadian companies. The development and production of the new generation of the Orion radio enables the company to maintain a large base of Canadian suppliers to support design activities.


Projects that Entered the Repayments Phase in 2012/13

EMS Technologies Canada Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Disbursed Assistance: $7,846,771
Contribution agreement:

Innovation: SADI supported a project at EMS Technologies Canada Ltd. (EMS) to research and develop next-generation mobile satellite communications technology. The investment enabled EMS to develop new technologies for its satellite communications products. EMS successfully developed a family of satellite communications transceivers that are industry leading connectivity solutions serving the commercial and defence aviation markets. The technology developed improved satellite communication services, with a reduction in the size and weight of transceivers and functionality aligned with customer requirements. This new technology is currently being adopted by a number of major commercial aircraft manufacturers.

Collaboration: EMS launched a co-op student recruitment program that hired students from Waterloo University, Carleton University and Ottawa University to work on the SADI project. Approximately 22 co-op students were hired during the last year of the project, a substantial increase from previous years. EMS also contributes to the Canadian contract manufacturing sector through technology transfer with its suppliers.

Economic and Social Benefits: Several products developed under the SADI project have been commercialized and shipped to hundreds of customers, including a next generation Quad Helix High Gain antenna, a low cost transceiver for small aircraft and a number of customer specific transceivers for major commercial aircraft OEMs. The project improved both cabin and cockpit satellite communication. In addition, with a reduction in product size and weight, it is also helping to reduce the overall fuel requirements and thus the carbon footprint of the aircraft deploying EMS Technologies Canada satellite communications equipment.

Esterline CMC Electronics Inc. (CMCe)

Location: Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Disbursed Assistance: $52,287,784
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of the project was to develop cost-effective cockpit technologies for next-generation business jets, helicopters and transport aircraft. The company developed a complete cockpit system with open architecture which will make the components of the cockpit easily customizable and adaptable to changing technologies and varied aircraft platforms. Through many of the technical innovations developed through this project, the company achieved the majority of its original goal to develop a fully integrated generic navigational and communications cockpit system.

Collaboration: CMCe established collaborative relationships with several Canadian universities, colleges and public research institutes, including: the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Carleton University in Ottawa, and the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) in Montreal to study model-driven engineering for automatic code generation. The company collaborated with 13 engineering trainees at Sherbrooke University and studied the integration and management of interfaces in cockpits and simulators with Concordia University in Montreal, École Polytechnique de Montréal, McGill University and the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS). CMCe established a "SmartDeck" cockpit Integration laboratory at the École Nationale d'Aérotechnique (ÉNA) in St-Hubert, Québec and studied Infra Red (IR) technology with the Institut National d'Optique (INO) in Quebec City and the Centre OPTECH of the CEGEP André-Laurendeau in Montreal.

Economic and Social Benefits: The ultimate objective of this project was to establish CMCe as Canada's first cockpit designer/manufacturer. The company is now in position to showcase its prototypes in many renowned international aerospace trade shows. Its commercialization efforts have already attracted several business opportunities for both complete cockpit systems and individual system components. The commercialization of the CMCe SmartDeck© integrated glass cockpit for General Aviation (GA) PART 23 class aircrafts, led to the selection of CMC on two new platforms, the CO50 business aircraft from Cobalt Aircraft Industry of Saguenay, Canada and the EV-55 Outback aircraft from Evektor Aerotechnik of the Czech Republic. The company is now focused on adapting on other aircraft platforms the numerous generic technologies developed.

Many of the cockpit technologies developed within this program reduce fuel consumption of aircraft. The Vertical Navigation features of the Flight Management Systems allow optimization of flight profile to minimize fuel burn. The Enhanced Vision Systems allow landing in poor weather conditions and thus avoid costly diversions. The Global Positioning Systems support precision approach and curved approaches, also reducing fuel burn. Navigation technologies providing more accurate measurement of position and flight intent also provide an increased level of safety.

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.

(formerly AeroMechanical Services Ltd.)

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Disbursed Assistance: $1,967,507 
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: This project involved the development of next-generation data communication systems for commercial and military aircraft. Flyht has successfully developed technologies to support an on-board, remotely programmable avionics system capable of using text, voice and data transmission to communicate to and from an airplane. Flyht developed two systems, the AFIRS 228B and AFIRS 228S, which can relay data from the black box and other diagnostic components to the ground in real time.

Collaboration: The Company hired an engineering student and a MBA student from the University of Calgary to support the project. Flyht also collaborated with many organizations, such as Au-Zone Technologies, Semiconductor Arts, and DBRF (all in Calgary), Peter Matthews (British Columbia), CDI (USA) and L3(USA). Flyht's aim with these collaborations has been to create a knowledge base in Alberta specifically in the area of aerospace communications.

Economic and Social Benefits: The improvements to the AFIRS 228 system enhance the system's ability to communicate in real-time with computer servers on the ground when triggered by a fault reading indicating an unusual occurrence. This data streaming capability can be used to increase safety by preventing accidents. As well, it is anticipated that using the 228 on fleet or aircraft will reduce fuel requirements which will impact fuel consumption and the use of non-renewable resources.


Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Disbursed Assistance: $4,596,000
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: The objective of this project was to undertake research and development of nanotechnology-based coatings for aircraft tools related to the Joint Strike Fighter program. Integran successfully developed a process for plating carbon graphite substrates with its Nanovate (TM) coating to create tools (moulds) used in the construction of aircraft and aircraft components. The innovation combines the hardness, durability and damage tolerance of the metallic coating with the lightweight, low thermal mass and low cost of carbon fibre composite mould tools to deliver a durable and cost-effective solution. The project resulted in one patent and four patent applications.

Collaboration: As a direct result of this project, Integran involved 8 engineering students, offering them an opportunity to work at the company for one year as part of their program. Integran hired two full time engineering graduates to continue its involvement with this work. The project enabled the company to maintain an ongoing relationship with the University of Toronto. Students benefited by working in a real-world leading-edge environment in which they applied and learned new skills via hands-on experience. The collaboration also enabled new research using the university's equipment and Integran's facilities.

Economic and Social Benefits: Once fully demonstrated and validated, the company expects to be able to commercialize the technology. To date, numerous companies have expressed interest. Once in the marketplace, this technology is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of composite manufacturing due to the decrease in energy and increased throughput related to Nanovar carbon fibre composite tooling. The technology was launched during a number of top-level visits to major European and US aerospace composite companies last year. As inspection and repair processes for composite aircraft parts mature, and the benefits of lighter and stronger airframes are realized, it is expected that original equipment manufacturers will increase composite use in their products. This would make Integran's innovative tool a more viable and cost effective solution compared to currently available products.

Norsat International Inc.

Location: Richmond, British Columbia and Aurora, Ontario
Disbursed Assistance: $5,975,200
Contribution Agreement:

Innovation: Norsat's R&D activities focused on the development of portable satellite ground terminals, microwave components, terrestrial wireless antennas, and power conditioning technologies. Its technologies are improving the reliability of satellite terminals and their ability to withstand extreme environmental conditions. Satellite Terminals: Norsat made significant design and engineering improvements to Rover, GLOBETrekker and Sigmalink terminals. In particular a new low cost reflector was introduced and a high performance feed developed. A 1.2m terminal was developed and a Ka band Rover and GLOBETrekker developed. Microwave: Norsat continued to improve its microwave products especially the Low Noise Block Downconverter (LNB) controller used with the Universal LNB. A highly integrated and cost reduced Spectrum Analyzer was completed for use as a standalone product and as part of the satellite terminals. Additional filters were created to improve the performance of the LNBs. Wireless: Norsat developed temperature compensation technology that improves the performance of high power filters for high power applications. Norsat also extended the frequency range of the enhanced prediction tool, which works as a calculator for part selection to increase manufacturing efficiency. Finally, Norsat developed more compact filters and space saving antennas that improve service to land mobile radio, which is used in emergency services communications. Patents: Norsat was granted two patents in 2012.

Collaboration: Norsat collaborated with Simon Fraser University to characterize Ka and Ku band antennas and for feed development. Norsat also collaborated with TR Labs on the development of a feed system for a flat panel antenna.

Economic and Social Benefits: Norsat has become more competitive in the communications market through research that resulted in performance improvement and cost reduction for existing products and the commercialization of new products. As a result of the SADI project, Norsat developed 31 new products and commercialized 23 of these. As a direct result of SADI, Norsat secured 160 new customers including NATO NCI Agency, the First Nations Emergency Services Society of BC, Finnish Defence Forces, the US Air Force, and now serves 15 militaries worldwide. Norsat maintains the communications network for the First Nations Emergency Services Society which is providing enhanced broadband access to 17 of British Columbia's remotely located First Nations communities which are now able to access emergency services and educational and health resources over the internet. Norsat used many local contractors to complete prototypes including Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturers, PCBA assemblers, machine shops and cable assembly shops. Local contractors mean reduced shipping costs, faster turn around and less waste as problems can be rectified quickly. The new products developed have helped to increase Norsat's market share.


Projects that Became Inactive in 2012–13


Location: London, Ontario
Disbursed Assistance: $17,640,001
Contribution Agreement:

Project: The intent of this project was to develop an entry level jet aircraft to open private and business jet air travel to a new segment of travellers. The objectives were to significantly lower the acquisition cost, the operating cost and the environmental impact, while maintaining high degrees of safety and comfort. Diamond completed 3 of 6 prototypes, and flew over 650 hours validating the objectives, performance, handling and certifiability of the D-JET. The company assisted in the development (2007–2008) of an Aviation Composite Fabrication Program at Fanshawe College which supported the establishment of the aerospace composite structural repair technician program. Diamond also collaborated with Canadian third party companies on the qualification and certification of materials and production processes for composite aerospace structures. Due to soft market conditions and significant funds required to obtain certification, Diamond suspended work on the D-Jet in February 2013 and undertook a restructuring of the company. The company continues working with stakeholders to pursue additional funding and lines of business.

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