Aerospace & Defense

Overview

The Aerospace and Defense market is changing, with more emphasis on connectivity, efficiency, and complex global supply chains. Unmanned air vehicles are being used more widely in commercial applications yet require improvements in performance and must also prove to be safe for the public. Big data and advanced analytics are being used to improve aviation predictive maintenance and prognostics. Automated production is a growing field, as processes such as automated composite layup and additive manufacturing of metallic parts are taking shape and gaining popularity. Airborne systems become connected and security considerations are becoming critical to functional and operational safety, while safety and safety management requirements are being refined. More-electric, smarter, connected aircraft are being conceived.

Latest thinking – manned aviation

The complexity of aerospace systems and the aerospace market has been on the rise for many years and continues to evolve alongside the demand for cost reduction and faster time-to-market.  The systems approach continues to be valuable, as complex systems require thorough analysis and full-lifecycle consideration from the earliest stages of development. Increased use of complex software and electronics has resulted in more-frequent occurrence of No-Fault-Found situations.  All of the above and other market pressures call for greater sophistication even at Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) shops that deal with older, simpler equipment.

Latest thinking – unmanned aviation

Reductions in the cost of inertial sensors and flight control technology, along with low cost production from foreign markets, have led to extremely rapid proliferation in commercial and non-commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or Drones.  The sheer number of drones sold to the general public in the past years is in the hundreds of thousands and has brought together a new sector, with its own product, operator, insurance, and regulatory needs. The birth of low-cost consumer drones has spawned thousands of small- and medium-sized companies worldwide with varying levels of skills and airmanship.  Trends and shortfalls in the drone industry include drone-registration and identification, Sense & Avoid requirements, compliance requirements, performance improvements and energy-storage technologies (batteries, fuel-cells, etc.), and most importantly safety and reliability. All of these are critical for the safe integration of UAV systems in the national airspace and progress towards public safety in a variety of applications ranging from precision agriculture to aerial inspection and from drone delivery to aerial photography.

Our services

We support Aerospace & Defense suppliers with safety and airworthiness assessments for new products and system/aircraft modifications, product development support, reliability assessment, and airworthiness certification efforts.
On the unmanned front, we provide technology evaluation and safety assessment to operators and manufacturers of UAS. We also offer support for commercial UAV operation surrounding processes such as operation safety, Transport Canada Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOC) or FAA Cerficiates of Waiver or Authorization (COA). We provide expert analysis to law, insurance, and forensic firms on the topic of UAV claims evaluation, implementing a thorough Systems Approach. We also support government departments in areas such as the development of regulations for the safe introduction of UAS.

Example projects and case studies from our former experiences

  • Airworthiness certification and system safety analysis of potable water system for Boeing 787 Aircraft for International Water Guard, 2015
  • Development and Integration of two unmanned aircraft for AerialX Drone, 2014
  • Airworthiness certification of two Combi converted Boeing 737-400 Aircraft for First Air, 2014
  • Research into Tribological Effects in Helicopter Input Freewheel Unit Bearings for MEA Forensics, 2012
  • Modeling of Harmonic Fatigue Behavior in a Gas Turbine Compressor Blade, for CADFEM GmbH, 2011
  • First Full Integration of Airbus 320 Std. 1.6, Series 5000 Full Flight Simulator for CAE, 2009
  • Structural Design on Gulfstream G250 Aircraft – New Product Development Project, Isreal Aerospace Industries, 2007
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