- Centennial College renames their centre for aerospace to
The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation
- Following donation of a CRJ200 aircraft in
February 2019, Bombardier donates
"The Architect" Global 7500 flight test vehicle
- Announcements reinforce Bombardier's partnership with
Centennial, further to R&D investment commitments
TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2020 /CNW/ - Following a decade of close
collaboration in support of aerospace education, skills training
and research and development, Centennial College is pleased to
announce today that it is renaming its Centre for Aerospace and
Aviation at Downsview Park to "The Bombardier Centre for
Aerospace and Aviation" and is receiving a Bombardier Global
7500 flight test vehicle for training purposes.
"As the global demand for aerospace technicians and
technologists continues to grow, the strategic advantage of
Bombardier and Centennial's relationship is only amplified," says
Dr. Craig Stephenson, President and
CEO, Centennial College. "The commitment of both partners not only
aims to support the increasing labour demands of the sector, but
also bolsters Ontario's and
Canada's leadership position in a
competitive global sector."
Known as "The Architect", the Bombardier Global
7500 business jet (serial number 70004) was the fourth
Flight Test Vehicle (FTV4) of the program and was used for interior
validation testing. Since its maiden flight on September 28, 2017, the aircraft accumulated
approximately 731 flight hours.
Centennial students will receive hands-on experience working on
the prototype of the world's largest and longest-range
purpose-built business jet with the industry's most advanced
avionics and airframe features, including high-performance wings.
The aircraft will have a permanent spot outside Centennial's new
hangar at its Downsview Park facility, which opened in January 2019.
"Bombardier is proud to continue supporting Centennial College
in their mission to prepare the next generation of aerospace
professionals. With this Global 7500 aircraft donation,
students will receive incomparable hands-on training using the
industry's latest advanced technology," said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive
Global 7500 aircraft are assembled at Bombardier's
facility in Toronto, using
innovative and cutting-edge technology. The development of the
aircraft has positively influenced the Ontario aerospace sector in the past decade,
expanding the range of experience and capabilities of engineers,
technicians and technologists, as well as mobilizing suppliers.
In February 2019, Bombardier
donated a CRJ200 to Centennial College for training purposes
and is also providing the college with $150,000 for the completion of its Landing Gear
Research project, while extending its existing educational program.
The program is expected to train a minimum of 50 individuals for
each of the next two years at Centennial's facility, which serves
as the anchor for Toronto's new
aerospace hub, the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research
The Global 7500 FTV4 donation, and the educational value
it provides, is possible due to the generosity of suppliers who
donated their respective systems: Collins Aerospace for its Avionic
suite; Parker Hannifin Corp. for its fly-by wire system; Safran
Power Units San Diego for the Auxiliary Power Unit; Woodward Inc.
for the rudder pedal; GE Aviation Systems for the Aircraft Health
Monitoring Unit; and GE Passport.
About Centennial College
Centennial College is
Ontario's first public college,
established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the
Greater Toronto Area through five
campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative
programming and extensive partner-ship building. Centennial offers
more than 300 diploma, certificate and degree programs on a full-
and part-time basis in business, media, arts, community and
consumer services, engineering technology, health care and
transportation. The college enrolls more than 26,000 full-time
students and 19,000 part-time learners annually.
With over 68,000 employees,
Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry,
creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our
products and services provide world-class transportation
experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy
efficiency, reliability and safety.
Headquartered in Montreal,
Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in
28 countries as well as a broad portfolio of products and services
for the business aviation, commercial aviation and rail
transportation markets. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto
Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of
$16.2 billion US. The company is
recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in
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SOURCE Centennial College