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Canadian Centre for Aircraft Certification announce interim facility to serve industry needs

The Canadian Centre for Aircraft Certification (CCAC) today announced its plans to open an interim facility in February 2007. A division of the Canadian Centre for Aerospace Development, the CCAC was launched in August 2006 to develop, test and evaluate general aviation aircraft, products and services.

The CCAC's permanent facilities at Springbank Airport will be fully operational by October 2007. The CCAC will be a nodal agency for upwards of 85 per cent of the certification testing requirements of typical GA clients and customers.

The first centre of its kind in Canada, the CCAC's primary function is to provide streamlined and cost-effective testing, evaluation and certification services for general aviation (GA) aircraft. The centre will specialize in testing and evaluating general aviation aircraft using carbon composite materials. Construction of the CCAC's permanent facilities begins in the spring of 2007.

"General aviation is undergoing rapid and exciting changes. Manufacturers are eager to partner with a facility that can assist in market development and aircraft certification - and in a city with a pronounced entrepreneurial culture" said Myrna Dubé, president and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Aerospace Development.

This past August, Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR), the parent company of Epic AIR, announced it will establish its completion and certified manufacturing facilities at the CCAC. "Our experience working with the CCAC has been very positive and we are confident this is the right location for our endeavour," said Rick Schrameck, CEO of AIR. "Opening an interim facility demonstrates the CCAC's commitment to understanding and meeting its tenants needs."

Located in Springbank, Alberta - immediately west of Calgary, Alberta - the CCAC will become a Transport Canada-accredited facility with a dynamic new regulatory oversight model. The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility will be operated by C-FER Technologies Ltd. A subsidiary of the Alberta Research Council, C-FER has the international experience to provide a solid corporate framework for managing the CCAC to world-class standards. During construction the Canadian Centre for Aerospace Development and C-FER Technologies will purchase testing equipment and fixtures that enable them to offer testing services related to the generation of material allowables for customers using composites in general aviation aircraft.

The CCAC's interim facility will have the capability and capacity to test composite materials at the environmental conditions specified in: "Material Qualification and Equivalency for Polymer Matrix Composite Material Systems: Updated Procedure" (DOT/FAA/AR-03-19). These tests help ensure the control of repeatable base material properties and processes that are applied to both primary and secondary structures for aircraft products using composite materials. The interim facility will be located just north of Calgary.

After reviewing a customer's aircraft design, the CCAC will specify the tests and the methodologies needed to show compliance. All testing and certification documentation preparation by the Design Approval Representatives (DARs) will be handled by CCAC, using a combination of in-house and consulting DARs in Canada and Designated Engineers (DEs) in the United States.

Some testing (for example, flight test for spin recovery) will be outsourced (in a manner that is transparent to the customer) to a partner facility using CCAC equipment.

The CCAC will conduct the following tests in-house:

o Material allowables generation

o Static testing (subscale, sub component, assembly and full scale)

o Fatigue/cycling testing (subscale, assembly and full scale)

o Ground vibration testing and analysis

o Landing gear testing (subscale, bonded assembly and full scale)

o Pressurization testing

o Fuel tank pressurization testing 

o Fire and flammability testing.

The CCAC will provide equipment and/or instrumentation for customer flight tests at Springbank Airport and/or the Canadian Forces Flight Test Centre at Cold Lake, Alberta:

o Spin resistance and recovery testing

o Flutter testing by flight testing.

The CCAC will outsource the following to capable certification services:

o HIRF and EMI

o Lightning testing

o Seat certification.

The Canadian Centre for Aerospace is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Calgary Airport Authority. The Authority operates as a not-for-profit corporation and retains and reinvests all earnings in the management, operations and development of the Calgary International Airport and the Springbank Airport. The Authority is also mandated to promote regional economic development and community well-being.

Press release issued by on December 22, 2006


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