Aerospace System Testing at Aero17

  • Sorina
  • July 27, 2017

The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) held the bi-annual Aerospace conference on May 16-18, 2017 in Toronto. The conference offered a great opportunity for aerospace enthusiasts from industry, academia, and government to learn about the latest research and developments being conducted in the aerospace community. Over 300 delegates attended, and a total of 180 oral…

With strong new regulations in Canada and the USA, the hey-day of unregulated consumer drone flight is at its end. The tightening of regulations goes far beyond what typical consumers see. Soon manufacturers and developers of unmanned aerial systems may face much more stringent requirements to sell their devices. Aerospace Safety Requirements The RTCA is…

Will They Ever Make a Plane Bigger than the An-225?

  • Taylor Straatsma
  • March 30, 2017

There is no doubt that commercial passenger airplanes are big – the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380 dominate in this category. Each has the ability to transport more than 500 passengers on the longest regularly scheduled commercial flights in the world, however, the flying giant Antonov An-225 Mriya (dream) tops these both for its…

What will happen in the Drone industry this year

  • Ryan Anderson
  • February 23, 2017

The presence of UAVs in all industries is growing every day. Imagine a remotely piloted vehicle with a thermal camera, which could autonomously follow the edge of a forest fire to track its progress. Or a small quad-rotor with cameras and sensors which could be used to safely inspect a bridge or building exterior while the…

October 24th, 2003 marked the final commercial flight of Concorde. Since then no commercial aircraft has been capable of supersonic flight. With rising fuel costs, increasingly efficient subsonic flight and a ban of supersonic flight over land, it seems as though the era of supersonic civilian flight is over.  However, a new wave of interest…

Choosing the right software development lifecycle is crucial to the successful implementation of any project. Developers have many choices to choose from such as Waterfall, V-model, Agile, and spiral, just to name a few. The life-cycle adopted can vary with the industry, scope of the software system, and product in mind.  When safety and reliability…

Top Programming Languages in Aerospace

  • Syeda Sulaiman
  • August 24, 2016

The debate over the top or ‘best’ programming language has been ongoing for a number of years and is renewed each time a new language or variant surfaces. When asked, some engineers will have a fervent response ready to this within a heartbeat, while others might be more ambivalent. According to this year’s IEEE Spectrum…

Get to Know Canada’s Aerospace Industry

  • Ryan Anderson
  • April 19, 2016

Did you know that you can build an entire aircraft with parts sourced within a 30 mile radius of Montreal? While Canada may be better known for Tim Horton’s and Justin Bieber, our aerospace sector is the 5th largest in the world by revenue and 3rd worldwide for civil aircraft and civil engine production, an impressive feat…

Science Fiction has ingrained itself in modern culture. Just a brief glimpse at the entertainment industry is enough to see that people LOVE sci-fi, and it’s easy to understand why; sci-fi fills most of us with a sense of awe and wonder. It brings the impossible to life in the most amazing ways. Many of…

Communication, Too Much Communication

  • Craig Bloch-Hansen
  • September 2, 2015

The Benefits of a Unified Engineering Tool Chain in Interdisciplinary Engineering “Everybody’s marriage is falling apart except ours. You see the problem is communication… too much communication.” The not-so-wise words of Homer Simpson ring as false in an engineering environment as they do in a relationship. Interdisciplinary engineering is made up of complex interdepartmental relationships…