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CMC Electronics announces collaboration with the Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) and the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA)

The donation of this aircraft is intended to promote research and development of cockpits and flight test programs and help advance aerospace manufacturing careers.

March 25, 2022   by CM Staff

From left to right: Mario Aubé, CTA Director of Operations; Geneviève Déry, General Director of cégep Édouard-Montpetit Foundation and the ÉNA; Pierre Rossignol, President of CMC Electronics; Sylvain Lambert, General Director of cégep Édouard-Montpetit Foundation; and Pascal Désilets, Director of the École nationale d’aérotechnique, in front of the aircraft given by CMC Electronics.

MONTREAL — CMC Electronics announces that it has established a collaboration with the Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) and the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA) of cégep Édouard-Montpetit and has offered them a Piper Chieftain aircraft equipped with in-flight test equipment.

This is the second aircraft that CMC Electronics has provided to cégep Édouard-Montpetit and the ÉNA, following a SR22 Cirrus in 2014. Specializing in the design and manufacture of solutions for cockpit, avionics and display systems, the company also gave the ÉNA experimental equipment specifically for aviation last year. These eight avionics suites integrate different cockpit components, such as flight instruments and on-board computers serving as interfaces for navigation and flight management systems.

“Our donations are in fact a first step towards a partnership that we are committed to growing over the years and diversifying,” says Pierre Rossignol, president of CMC Electronics. “By supporting the ÉNA, we’re directly contributing to the formation of a qualified future aerospace workforce, an asset needed to remain at the forefront. And our contribution to the CTA also aims to encourage high-level technological innovation in order to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness of the entire aerospace industry in Quebec at the international level.”

In addition to consolidating the long-term partnership between CMC Electronics, the CTA and the ÉNA, the donation of this aircraft is intended to promote research and development of cockpits and flight test programs.

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“This important contribution from CMC reinforces its commitment to innovation. It will enable the emergence and application of new technologies and new knowledge, through large-scale collaborative projects such as Aircraft of Tomorrow and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec”, Francis Archambault, Director General of the Centre technologique en aérospatiale, points out.

“Our teachers have a vision for various educational activities that will enhance the practical training of the students in the Aircraft Technology program,” explains the director of the ÉNA, Pascal Désilets. “Future technicians are expected to first be able to assemble components in order to create eight cockpit models. They can then be used to support practical activities that serve as training before reproducing what has been learned on real aircraft. And given the large number of models, students will be able to work in small teams.”

“On the one hand, our collaboration promotes the development of advanced teaching materials to enrich student training, and on the other hand, the emergence of new Quebec technologies,” says the General Director of cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Sylvain Lambert. “Such support contributes to keeping the ÉNA and the CTA at the forefront in this constantly evolving industry. We recognize CMC Electronics’ sustained commitment to training and innovation, and we will continue to develop promising projects for our students together.”

Donations to the cégep, the École nationale d’aérotechnique and the Centre technologique en aérospatiale are facilitated by the cégep Édouard-Montpetit Foundation and the ÉNA.