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The Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) said it is delighted with the Dec. 4 announcement from Bombardier for long term investment in Ontario with its new Global aircraft assembly site at Pearson Airport. The Global Aircraft Program has significant contributions from Ontario’s aerospace supply chain, with major systems and components being manufactured there, as well as final assembly of all Global aircraft models. Across all Bombardier aircraft platforms, there are more than 90 Ontario suppliers sharing over $600 million in annual spend. This includes large aerospace companies such as: Safran Landing Systems, Cyclone Manufacturing, Arnprior Aerospace, MHI Canada Aerospace and SME’s such as Koss Aerospace, Shimco, Trinity Aerospace — to name only a few.
As recently announced in the press, the Government of Canada is reviewing replacement of aging Challenger jets (1980’s vintage) that do not comply with the new ADS-B system requirements in both the U.S. and Europe, which replaces radar-based air-traffic control with the transmission of GPS-based data. These new requirements go into effect January and June 2020, respectively.
“It is our hope that Government of Canada will look to “Buy Canadian” and support our aerospace sector by selecting replacement aircraft that offer the greatest efficiencies and are implementing “design for environment” philosophies – the Global platform does this”, said Moira Harvey, executive director, OAC. “Jurisdictions around the world that have aerospace as a key sector are proud to fly and operate aircraft that are made domestically – as it enables them to showcase their expertise. We hope that Canada will do the same, as Canada’s aerospace sector represents over 215,000 jobs and $25 billion annually to the Canadian economy, close to 40,000 of those jobs and $6 billion in revenues are here in Ontario.”