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					Newsletter                                                                December 2000                             Volume 16 No 2


                                                                                                                             I – INDUSTRY NEWS
                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                                                                      ADACEL TECHNOLOGIES
  I – INDUSTRY NEWS............................................................................ 1     ∗ “New Exporter of the Year” Grand Prize
        ADACEL TECHNOLOGIES ...............................................1
        AD OPT TECHNOLOGIES ................................................1                         The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has awarded the “New Exporter
                                                                                                      of the Year” Grand Prize to Adacel Technologies. Adacel was chosen
        AÉRO INNOVATION .........................................................1
                                                                                                      from 16 finalists across Québec. Adacel supplies sophisticated
        AIR DATA..........................................................................2           software-based systems used in air traffic management, simulation and
        BOMBARDIER ..................................................................2                air traffic control training. Adacel’s leading customers are national civil
        CAE ...................................................................................2      aviation authorities and militaries worldwide.
        CS COMMUNICATION ET SYSTÈMES ............................3
        CTP INC. ...........................................................................3
        ELISEN TECHNOLOGIES.................................................3
        EMS TECHNOLOGIES......................................................3
                                                                                                      AD OPT TECHNOLOGIES
                                                                                                      http://www.ad-opt.com
        HÉROUX-DEVTECH .........................................................3
        L&H CONSULTANTS ........................................................3
        NMF AEROSPATIALE.......................................................3                      ∗ Winner of an Export Grand Prize
        PARTENAIR DESIGN .......................................................3
        PERFORMANCE LT..........................................................3                     Ad-Opt was awarded the Export Grand Prize (Information Technology
                                                                                                      Sector), sponsored by the Québec Software Promotion Centre (QSPC)
        PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA ..........................................4
                                                                                                      at a gala event held on September 21, 2000 at the Montréal World
        SONOVISION....................................................................4               Trade Centre.
        SYSTÈMES BAE CANADA ...............................................4
        WAÏ MEA TECHNOLOGIE................................................4
  II – INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT ........................................................... 4
                                                                                                      ∗ A new member of Canada’s high growth club
        QUALITY ...........................................................................4          AD OPT Technologies has joined the ranks of Deloitte & Touche’s 50
                                                                                                      fastest growing Canadian technology companies. Revenues increased
  III – MANPOWER AND TRAINING ........................................................ 5              689% between 1995 and 1999.
        ÉCOLE NATIONALE D’AÉROTECHNIQUE ......................5
        ÉCOLE DES MÉTIERS DE L’AÉROSPATIALE DE
        MONTRÉAL (ÉMAM).........................................................5
                                                                                                      ∗ New contracts with airlines
        COST OF LABOUR IN QUÉBEC.......................................5                              United Airlines, Air Canada (for Canadian’s operations), Canada 3000
  IV - TECHNOLOGY ............................................................................... 5   and Swissair have selected AD OPT’s Altitude Preferential Bidding
                                                                                                      System (PBS) and Altitude Pairing shift planning software for
        FRICTION- STIR WELDING..............................................5                         scheduling the duty periods of their pilots and cabin crews.
        CREATION OF THE AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
        TECHNOLOGY CENTRE IN MONTRÉAL .........................5
                                                                                                      ∗ ShiftLogic, the preferred choice for the German
  V – SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS AND SYMPOSIA ........................................ 5
                                                                                                       and British air traffic control centres
        AQA DINNER-MEETINGS.................................................5
        HELI-EXPO .......................................................................5            Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH of Germany and the UK’s National Air
        AEROSPACE CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION..................5                                          Traffic Services have selected the ShiftLogic shift scheduling software
                                                                                                      for use in their air traffic control centres.
        COMMERCIAL MISSION TO NORTHERN IRELAND .......5
        AEROSPACE DEALMAKER 2000.....................................5
        NBAA MEETING AND CONVENTION...............................5                                   AÉRO INNOVATION
                                                                                                      http://www.aero.ca
  CONTACTING US ................................................................................ 6
                                                                                                      ∗ WOMBAT-CS for the selection of Vietnamese
                                                                                                       pilots
                                                                                                      The French company Sofréavia Service has purchased a WOMBAT-CS
                                                                                                      system which it will use on behalf of the training school of the
                                                                                                      Vietnamese Civil Aviation Agency for the selection of pilots who will be
                                                                                                      trained to fly aircraft fitted with “glass cockpits”.
                                                                                                      WOMBAT, which was developed by Aéro Innovation, is recognized as a
                                                                                                      powerful, computer-based tool to measure the capability of an
                                                                                                      individual to react to high stress operational situations. WOMBAT-CS
                                                                                                      was created specifically for operators of complex systems who are
                                                                                                      directly in the control loop, such as aircraft pilots.




                  Direction des industries du matériel aérospatial et de défenseQ
AIR DATA                                                                         Administration (FAA) in the near future. The main advantage of this
                                                                                 common rating is that CRJ100 and 200 pilots can fly the CRJ700 after
http://www.airdata.ca                                                            just a three-day differences training course, which results in substantial
                                                                                 cost savings for CRJ operators.
∗ New president
                                                                                 Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings Inc., of Dulles, Virginia, has signed a
Jean-Pierre Lepage has been appointed president of Air Data. Mr.                 major order for 27 50-seat CRJ regional jets. The contract represents
Lepage was previously vice-president, Operations.                                the conversion of 27 conditional orders into firm orders.

                                                                                 This agreement brings Bombardier’s order book for the 50-seat
∗ New contract                                                                   CRJ100/200 to 769 aircrafts, 439 of which have been delivered, with
                                                                                 the remaining 330 on firm order backlog.
Systèmes BAE Canada has awarded Air Data a contract for the
development and production of air data computers for CP-140 Aurora               Qantas Airlines of Australia has committed to the acquisition of two
aircraft. These computers receive outputs from pitot-static pressure             50-seat Q300 twin turboprop regional aircrafts to be operated by its
sensors and convert them into digital form for entry into the Flight             subsidiary Eastern Australia Airlines.
Management System (FMS) computer. (see Systèmes BAE Canada)
                                                                                 Japan Airlines (JAL) has placed a firm order for two additional 50-seat
                                                                                 CRJ200 regional jets to be operated by its wholly owned subsidiary J-
BOMBARDIER                                                                       Air.
http://www.bombardier.com
                                                                                 Lufthansa CityLine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, has
∗ Business Aircraft                                                              purchased ten additional 70-seat CRJ700 regional jets, together with
                                                                                 an option for ten more.
Appointments
                                                                                 The Mexican “Secretaria de Marina” has placed a firm order for one
• Mr. Robert Gillespie, currently president, Bombardier Aerospace,               Q200 twin turboprop, to be operated by the Mexican Navy. The
  Business Aircraft, is appointed to the position of president and chief         contract also includes an option for an additional Q200.
  operating officer, Bombardier Capital.
                                                                                 Nagasaki Airways has purchased a second 39-seat Q200 turboprop
• Mr. Pierre Beaudoin, currently president and chief operating officer,          regional airliner to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2001.
  Bombardier Recreational Products, is appointed to the position of
  president, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft.                            The worldwide Dash 8 fleet has accumulated ten million flight hours
                                                                                 In all, 74 customers in 57 countries operate around 560 Dash 8
• Mr. Michel Baril, currently executive vice-president, Bombardier               aircrafts, including the new Q series. The current order backlog is 90
  Transportation, is appointed to the position of president and chief            aircrafts.
  operating officer, Bombardier Recreational Products.
                                                                                 Assembly of the CRJ900 prototype
• Mr. Pierre Lortie, currently president and chief operating officer,            Bombardier has begun assembly of the prototype of the 86-seat
  Bombardier Capital, is appointed to the position of president and
                                                                                 CRJ900 regional jet. It is scheduled to make its maiden flight in the
  chief operating officer, Bombardier Transportation.
                                                                                 first quarter of 2001. It will then be delivered to the Bombardier
• Mr. Shawn Vick has been appointed executive vice-president,                    Aerospace Flight Test Centre in Wichita, Kansas.
  International Sales, Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft. He will
  be responsible for all activities related to international sales of
  Bombardier’s business jets.                                                    CAE
                                                                                 http://www.cae.ca
Delivery of the 500th Challenger
Bombardier Aerospace marked the opening of the 53rd NBAA Annual                  ∗ Training Centres in Toronto and Spain
Meeting and Convention by delivering the 500th Challenger business jet,          CAE has announced the creation of pilot training centres in Toronto
a Model 604, to Mr. Christos Cotsakos, president and chief executive             and Madrid (Spain) at a cost of $60 M each. The Toronto centre will be
officer of E-Trade, which will use it for transcontinental and                   constructed and operated by CAE and will house four simulators
intercontinental travel.                                                         (notably for the A320) which, like the installed equipment and training
European certification for Bombardier’s training programs                        software, will be built and prepared in CAE’s Saint-Laurent factory.
                                                                                 Initial customers will be Canada 300 and Skyservice. In Spain, CAE is
The European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) have awarded                       collaborating with Spanish company ACCIONA to expand the training
Bombardier Aerospace organizational approval for delivery of                     centre located at Madrid airport (from three to seven simulators) and
accredited training courses to pilots and technicians for the aircraft           thus serve European and North-African airlines. The first customer will
which it manufactures.                                                           be Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum. The new devices will simulate
                                                                                 the Bombardier Dash 8 and CRJ, amongst others.
Continental wing-fuselage mating
Bombardier Aerospace has completed, on-schedule, the wing-fuselage               ∗ Agreement with American Airlines for Internet-
mating of the all-new Continental super midsize business jet. During              based training
this important milestone, the Continental order booked reached 100
aircrafts.                                                                       CAE has signed a memorandum of understanding with American
                                                                                 Airlines to develop a new concept for pilot training using simulation
New Web site for Bombardier Aerospace’s Skyjet subsidiary                        software delivered over the Internet. CAE’s distance learning group and
Skyjet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bombardier Aerospace, is one of             American Airlines will perform a feasibility study for the development of
the first companies to offer on-line charter reservations for business           demonstration courseware using a Boeing 737 NG simulation.
jets at its Web site, www.skyjet.com. Through a network of 235 online
charter operators, Skyjet affords access to more than 1300 aircrafts             ∗ Flight simulator sales
serving more than 5000 North American airports, as well as other cities
worldwide.                                                                       CAE has announced orders for three flight simulators from two
                                                                                 American customers. Flight Safety Boeing Training International has
                                                                                 ordered two convertible flight simulators for training pilots on the
∗ Regional aircraft                                                              Airbus 330/340 widebodies and the Boeing 757/767 respectively.
Changan Airlines Limited, based in Xi’an, the People’s Republic of               Contract value is approximately $35 M. The simulators are scheduled
China (PRC), has taken delivery of its first 78-seat Q400 regional               to be installed at Flight Safety Boeing’s Manchester, UK facility. In the
airliner. This is the first of three Q400 twin turboprops ordered in April       fall of 2001, Delta Airlines will take delivery of a Boeing 767-300ER
1999.                                                                            flight simulator at its Atlanta training centre. This contract has a value
                                                                                 of $15 m.
Common type rating for the CRJ700 and CRJ200
Transport Canada has awarded the 70-seat CRJ700 regional jet the
same type rating as the 50-seat CRJ100 and 200. Bombardier also
anticipates receiving a similar approval from the US Federal Aviation


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∗ Long-term agreement with Southwest Airlines                                 ∗ A new corporate name
CAE has announced the signing of a 15-year contract with Southwest            As a result of last June’s merger between Héroux           and Devtek
Airlines, a new customer, for a Boeing 737-700 full flight simulator          Corporation, the new corporate name will be ”Héroux-Devtek Inc.” It
together with options on seven more. Total contract value is up to $90        will comprise four divisions, each with its own management team. The
M. The simulator will be delivered to Southwest Airlines’ facilities at       “Landing Gear” division will include the Longueuil factory and two
Love Field in Dallas in the summer of 2002. CAE will also supply              Devtek units, Hochelaga (Laval) and West Heights (Kitchener, Ontario).
desktop-based training materials for cockpit and maintenance crews.           The “Aerostructures” division will include Métro and C.A.T. (Montréal),
CAE has previously signed long-term agreements with American, Delta           together with Devtek’s Magtron Precision unit (Scarborough, Ontario).
and Continental.                                                              Métro is preparing to relocate to a new 70,000 sq ft factory in Dorval,
                                                                              alongside its principal customer, Bombardier.
∗ Boeing contract
CAE’s Military Simulation and Controls business has been awarded a
contract by Boeing Operations International for the upgrade of the            ∗ New orders for the “Landing Gear” division
Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) system installed on the United
Kingdom’s RAF Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft. MAD systems               The “Landing Gear” division has received a series of new orders for the
can detect minute perturbations in the earth’s magnetic field which can       manufacture of landing gear components from several customers
be caused by the presence of large ferrous metal objects such as              including Bombardier Aerospace, Boeing, BF Goodrich and the United
submarine hulls.                                                              States Air Force. The total value is around $22 M.


CS COMMUNICATION ET SYSTÈMES                                                  ∗ Canadian-US research project
                                                                              Héroux-Devtek is participating in a research project to find a
http://www.c-s.fr/index1.htm                                                  replacement for hard chrome in aircraft landing gears. The Longueuil
                                                                              company will receive a $1.21 M repayable investment from Technology
∗ Creation of a Montréal subsidiary                                           Partnerships Canada to participate in a joint project. Hard chrome,
                                                                              which is primarily used to protect landing gear components against
CS Communication et Systèmes is a French company which specializes            wear and corrosion, is environmentally unsafe and can act as a
in the design of high integrity software systems used in applications         carcinogen.
such as alarm and control systems, air-ground communications and
navigation, engine control systems, flight controls and braking               The members of the joint project will evaluate one of the possible
systems. CS Communication et Systèmes Canada, recently formed in              replacements, coatings formed by the High Velocity Oxygen Fuel
Montréal, is a wholly owned subsidiary.                                       (HVOF) process. Héroux-Devtek will be responsible for testing and
                                                                              evaluating removal of HVOF coatings, and assessing their compatibility
                                                                              with hydraulic fluids.
CTP INC.
                                                                              L&H CONSULTANTS
∗ A subsidiary of Studec in Montréal                                          http://www.lhxperts.com

Studec is a French company which specializes in document
engineering, logistics support studies and document information               ∗ Signature of a marketing agreement with Optis:
technologies. Studec is establishing a presence in Montréal by creating        http://www.optis.fr/home/home.htm
a subsidiary named CTP Inc.
                                                                              Optis, a French company which specializes in the development of
As well as responding to the needs of the Canadian aerospace industry,        Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software for optical systems, has signed
CTP Inc. will also serve European manufacturers and equipment                 a marketing agreement with Montréal company Lemire and Habrich.
suppliers which are working on Canadian or American programs and              Optis software is used in the design of lasers as well as in the
prefer that their documentation be created close to their customers.          simulation of lighting systems, including applications such as aircraft
                                                                              control panels and passenger cabins.
ELISEN TECHNOLOGIES
http://www.elisen.com                                                         NMF AEROSPATIALE
∗ New contracts                                                               ∗ Further expansion
Elisen has signed a contract with Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. to           The second phase of expansion of NMF’s machining facility has been
provide engineering services in support of development of their new           completed. NMF has installed a second 5-axis milling centre with a 22-
SJ30-2 business jet. Another agreement has been signed with German            metre bed. The building will also accommodate two automatic riveting
company Aerodata Flugmesstechnik GmbH to support their activities             machines for large components.
related to modification of a Challenger 604 for maritime patrol and the
transport of senior personnel.
                                                                              PARTENAIR DESIGN
                                                                              http://www.partenairdesign.com/principal.html
EMS TECHNOLOGIES
http://www.ems-t.com
                                                                              ∗ First flight of S45 is imminent
∗ Communication antennas for the International                                The S45 – Mystère, Partenair Design’s new aircraft, is about to make its
 Space Station                                                                first flight. The S45 has a Lycoming O-320 engine, replacing the Rotax
                                                                              which powered the first Mystère prototype, the S44. Production of the
EMS Technologies of Montréal has designed and manufactured a Ku-              first kits should begin in early 2001.
band communications antenna for the International Space Station. The
antenna will be used for the transmission of data between the space
station and NASA’s ground stations. S-band and omni directional               PERFORMANCE LT
antennas will provide voice communications, telemetry and control             http://www.performancelt.com
signals.

                                                                              ∗ Partnership with Mecaer
HÉROUX-DEVTECH                                                                Performance LT has signed a partnership agreement with Italian
http://www.herouxinc.com                                                      company Mecaer. Under the terms of the agreement, Mecaer and
                                                                              Performance LT will jointly invest in mechanical assembly activities.
                                                                              This agreement will open European markets to Performance LT. Mecaer



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specializes in the design and manufacture of hydraulic shock absorbers           • Led by Mr. Victor Calamote, an aeronautical engineer, SONOVISION-
and the manufacture and assembly of helicopter mechanical systems.                 ITEP Canada intends to rapidly strengthen its team of engineers and
                                                                                   technicians by hiring locally.


                                                                                 SYSTÈMES BAE CANADA
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA                                                           http://www.baesystems.com/
http://www.pwc.ca/www/en_pwc/index2.asp
                                                                                 ∗ Air France contract
                                                                                 Air France has selected Systèmes BAE Canada to supply multi-purpose
∗ Launch of the PW600F demonstrator                                              control display units for the upgrade of its B747-200 fleet. The CMA-
On August 1, 2000 P&WC launched the PW600F demonstrator engine,                  2014 Multi-Purpose Control Display Unit (MCDU) will be installed on
a new turbofan specifically designed for the general aviation market             seven B747-200 aircrafts.
and small business jets.
This new engine family will offer operators optimum value and                    ∗ New market for radio management system
performance, while reducing the cost of ownership.
                                                                                 Systèmes BAE Canada’s new CMA-3000 Mk II radio management
                                                                                 system has been selected for a military AS332 Super Puma upgrade
∗ The PW308C will power the Dassault Falcon                                      program for a new international customer. The contract has a value of
Dassault Aviation has selected the PW308C turbofan to power its new              five million dollars and deliveries are scheduled to begin in early 2001.
Falcon 2000EX business jet. The PW308C is a growth version of the
PW300 turbofan family which has been in service since 1992.
The PW308C development program is well advanced and the engine is
                                                                                 ∗ Flight management systems
specifically designed to satisfy the needs of the new generation of long-        ALM Airlines of Curaçao has selected the CMA-900 flight management
range super mid-sized business jets.                                             system for its fleet of three MD-82 aircrafts. The contract value is
                                                                                 $200,000. The CMA-900 incorporates a twelve channel GPS receiver
                                                                                 and a colour liquid-crystal multi-function display. It will improve the
∗ The PT6A-66A will power the Ibis Aerospace                                     fleet’s capability to operate in oceanic airspace and over remote areas.
 Ae270HP
The PT6A-66A turboprop has been selected to power the Ibis                       ∗ Major Canadian government contract
Aerospace Ae270HP. The single-engined Ae270 HP is a high                         BAE Systems Canada has recently been selected as the prime
performance version of the Ae270P, itself powered by the PT6A-42A,               contractor, systems integrator and supplier of avionics management
which made its first flight in July 2000. Certificated in October 1998,          equipment for the Canadian avionics modernization program for the
the PT6A-66A delivers additional power to the HP model of the multi-             CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft. This win positions the
role Ae270, thus meeting the needs of the corporate market.                      company to bid on other P-3 contracts worldwide (see Air Data).

∗ Launch of an E-commerce site                                                   WAÏ MEA TECHNOLOGIE
The Aerospace Component Services group of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s
(P&WC) Service Center Network has announced the launch of an
                                                                                 ∗ Acquisition of Waï mea by ABMI
electronic marketplace. This innovation will allow customers to perform
on-line transactions and access value-added information and services.            ABMI, of France, has acquired Montréal-based Waïmea. ABMI is a 300-
A Web site:                                                                      employee consulting company which specializes in the military, nuclear
(www.AerospaceComponentsServices.com) is already on-line and can                 and aeronautics sectors. With this acquisition, ABMI anticipates
be used to purchase serviceable parts. It includes a powerful but easy           development of engineering activities which will complement Waïmea’s
to use search engine as well as a virtual shopping basket. Customers             existing capabilities.
can use these two tools to search a catalogue of 25,000 parts and
place orders for delivery within 24 hours. Users can also electronically
request price quotations for repairs, exchange and sales.

∗
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     Delivery of 50,000 engine                                                                   II – INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
On November 16, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) achieved a
significant milestone in its 72-year history by making the 50,000th              QUALITY
engine delivery to a customer.
The engine, a PT6A-67D, was delivered to Raytheon Aircraft for
installation on a Beech 1900D during a special ceremony held at                  ∗ Ninety ISO registered companies
P&WC’s headquarters in Longueuil.
                                                                                      ABB Bomem - Abipa - Aéronav - Aérosystème International -
∗ Order for 100 turbines                                                              Aérotech Tubetronics- Agence Mécanique Paré - Airborne - Air
                                                                                      Data - Air LB Canada – Air Terre Équipement – Alphacasting -
Pratt & Whitney, through its Power Systems division, has received an                  Alta Précision - Arell - Atelier d'usinage Aéro - Aviation Lemex -
order for 100 ST5 industrial gas turbines for DTE Energy Technologies,                Bell Helicopter Textron - Bombardier Aéronautique - CAE - CAH -
a Michigan-based specialist in the energy sector.                                     CEL Equipements d'Essai - CPS Industries - CRIQ Essais - CRL
                                                                                      Technologies - Deburex - Delastek - EG&G Optoélectronique –
The ST5 engine has a power output of 400 kW when burning natural                      Élimétal - EMS Technologies Canada - Farsound Canada -
gas, and provides power to high-speed electrical generators.                          Finecast - Flexibulb - Fonderies Shellcast - Générale Électrique
                                                                                      du Canada - GFI - Godfrey Aérospatiale - Harbour - Harrington -
Construction of the turbines will begin in 2001 and delivery will extend              Hemmingford Aérospatiale – Héroux-Devtek- Honeywell
over a period of 12 months, starting in early 2002.                                   Aérospatiale – Howmet (moulage d'aluminium) - James Dawson
                                                                                      - JLM Précision - Kvaerner QTC - Les industries Profab - Les
                                                                                      outillages K&K - Les trempeurs d'acier du Québec - Les
SONOVISION                                                                            trempeurs Thermetco - Lockheed Martin Canada - Mag-Chem -
                                                                                      Marquez Transtech - Meloche - Mechtronix Systems - Mésotec -
∗ Formation of a Montréal subsidiary                                                  Messier-Dowty -Mil-Quip – Minicut international - Mitec
                                                                                      Électronique - MDS Aero Support - Nutech Canada - Oerlikon
• Mr. André Lebrun, chairman and chief executive officer of                           Aérospatiale - Optimus - Outils Diacarb - PAM Électronique -
    SONOVISION-ITEP, announced the          formation   of   a   Canadian             Placeteco - Pratt & Whitney Canada - Primetech Électronique -
    subsidiary on November 7, 2000.                                                   Pôle Air Aviation - Robert Mitchell - Rolls-Royce Canada - RPM
                                                                                      Tech - Sablage au jet 2000 - Sider-Tech - Sido - SNC TEC -
• French company SONOVISION-ITEP is a European leader in technical                    Soudure Aérospatiale – Systèmes BAE Canada - TEAM -
    publications, document engineering, service bulletins, functional
                                                                                      Technique Design - Technimeca International –Terminal & Câble
    security and logistics studies. The company wishes to be closer to its            TC – TNM anodisation et peinture – TQF Technologies -
    first North-American customers, including Bombardier.                             Tribospec – TRW Systèmes Aéronautiques - Ultraspec - Usinage
                                                                                      P.L.

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ISO 9000 registered companies generate more than 90% of Québec’s                   This substantial infrastructure will allow advanced research, student
aerospace output. If your company is ISO registered, but not on our                training at Masters and Doctorate levels and the spinning-off of
list, please let us know.                                                          companies.


∗ New ISO 9000 registrations
TQF TECHNOLOGIES, a specialist in metal surface treatments, has
received ISO 9002 certification.
                                                                                            V – SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS AND SYMPOSIA

                                                                                   AQA DINNER-MEETINGS
             III – MANPOWER AND TRAINING                                           The dinner-meeting held on November 22 was attended by almost 200
                                                                                   people who heard two speakers: Mr. Gerald Bush, president of EMS
                                                                                   Technologies Canada and Mr. Roman Oryschuk, president and chief
                                                                                   operating officer of GE Capital Canada – equipment financing. The next
ÉCOLE NATIONALE D’AÉROTECHNIQUE                                                    meetings will be held on February 21 and April 18, 2001. For further
http://www.collegeem.qc.ca                                                         information, please contact the Québec Aerospace Association (AQA) at
                                                                                   (514) 596-2388.
∗ New program
A new, completely revised program in “Aeronautical construction                    HELI-EXPO
techniques” will be offered in the fall of 2001. Students will be able to          The next Heli-Expo, organized by the Helicopter Association
acquire the competencies required by potential employees in technical              International (HAI), will be held in Anaheim, California from February
design, the planning and improvement of production methods and                     11 to 13, 2001. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce will attend this
quality control.                                                                   event to promote Québec’s aerospace companies. For additional
                                                                                   information, please contact Mr. Bernard Strauss of MIC, at (514) 499-
This program leads to a diploma in collegiate studies. It combines                 6535.
theory and practice, taught by means of design and manufacturing
projects which take place in the school’s specialized laboratories
(equipped for design using AUTOCAD and CATIA). For further
                                                                                   AEROSPACE CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION
information, please send a message to the following email address:                 The Aerospace Congress and Exhibition, jointly organized by Aerospace
ena.dir.affped@collegeem.qc.ca                                                     North America and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), will take
                                                                                   place from September 10 to 14, 2001 in Seattle, Washington State
                                                                                   (USA). This is now an annual event and is scheduled to be held in
ÉCOLE DES MÉTIERS DE L’AÉROSPATIALE DE                                             Montréal in 2002. Anticipated attendees will include major aviation and
MONTRÉAL (ÉMAM)                                                                    aerospace companies (exhibitors), and participants at the SAE
                                                                                   conferences.
∗ New telecommunications division                                                  The Québec Aerospace Association and MIC will attend the Seattle
The “École des métiers de l’aérospatiale de Montréal” (ÉMAM) has                   event. They urge aerospace companies to participate. For more
created a new telecommunications division whose mandate is to train                information, please contact Gilles Brabant, of MIC, at (514) 499-2199,
students in the high technology disciplines of printed circuits and                local 5282.
photonics. ÉMAM is thus responding to an urgent need for semi-skilled
workers in high technology-related disciplines. For more information,              COMMERCIAL MISSION TO NORTHERN
please contact Mrs. Solange Champagne at (514) 596-2362 or send an
email message to champagnes@csdm.qc.ca                                             IRELAND
                                                                                   The Québec Aerospace Association (AQA) organized a commercial
COST OF LABOUR IN QUÉBEC                                                           mission to Northern Ireland from October 22 to 27, 2000. The purpose
The average hourly pay rates for Québec’s aerospace industry workers,              was to develop long-term partnership agreements with the area’s
when converted into US dollars, indicate a competitive advantage                   aerospace companies, including Short Brothers, a Bombardier
compared with the United States ($13.84 US in Québec compared with                 Aerospace subsidiary. Short Brothers designs and manufactures engine
$20.00 US in the United States in 1999).                                           nacelles, fuselage assemblies and flight controls.
Sources: Cansim, Employment, earnings and work hours, (72-002)                     The eleven Quebec companies which participated met engineering,
(data not seasonally adjusted) and Bureau of Labor Statistics Data,                production and purchasing personnel from Short Brothers, as well as
National Employment, Hours and Earnings (selective access).                        representatives of SMEs which are members of the Northern Ireland
                                                                                   Aerospace Consortium. Government and private organizations,
                                                                                   including Montréal International, attended the mission.

                        IV - TECHNOLOGY                                            AEROSPACE DEALMAKER 2000
                                                                                   The United States Consulate General in Montréal, in partnership with
                                                                                   the Aerospace and Defence Branch of the Ministry of Industry and
FRICTION- STIR WELDING                                                             Commerce of Québec, organized a two-day mission (16 and 17
To reduce manufacturing costs, the new Eclipse aircraft will use                   October) for 24 American aerospace companies. Staff of the Aerospace
friction-stir welding in place of rivets to join skins. This welding process       and Defence Branch arranged one-on-one meetings.
uses a cylindrical probe fitted with a head which rotates at high speed.
Using the heat generated by friction, the head penetrates the metal and            Fifty Québec aerospace companies (primes and SMEs) participated.
the probe advances along the surface. The two metal surfaces in                    The participants expressed satisfaction with the one-on-one meeting
contact are plasticized and a solid phase weld takes place. MTS                    format which allowed them to make the maximum number of contacts
Systems Corporation (http://www.mts.com) has developed the mobile                  in the minimum time.
computer controlled system which directs the movement of, and force
applied by, the probe.
                                                                                   NBAA MEETING AND CONVENTION
CREATION OF THE AEROSPACE                                                          The NBAA annual meeting and convention for corporate aviation took
                                                                                   place between October 10 and 12 in New Orleans. The participation of
MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE IN                                                 the Ministry of Industry and Commerce provided an opportunity to
MONTRÉAL                                                                           obtain a progress report on:
                                                                                   • New business aviation programs
On October 10, Prime Minister Mr. Jean Chretien announced the
                                                                                   • The positioning of manufacturers
creation and establishment of the National Research Council of
Canada’s (NRC) Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre. The                      • Electronic commerce
centre will be housed on the campus of the Université de Montréal,                 • The evolution of the MRO industry.
close to the École Polytechnique.                                                  The participation of Technovel provided an opportunity to report on the
                                                                                   status of the integration of the finishing and painting of corporate

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aircraft and interior design. The participation of LM Associates
facilitated an update on consolidation in the manufacturing industry.
Reports on these subjects are available from the Aerospace and
Defence Branch, tel.: (514) 499-6535.




                      CONTACTING US

∗ Newsletter coordinator:            Pierre Doré
Aerospace and Defence Branch
Ministry of Industry and Commerce,
380 rue St-Antoine West, 4th floor
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3X7
Telephone:       (514) 499-2199 # 5901
Facsimile:       (514) 864-3755
E-mail:            pierre.dore@mic.gouv.qc.ca

∗ "L'Aérospatial" is now also available on the MIC
  Web site at:
http://www.mic.gouv.qc.ca/aerospatiale




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