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Rotorcraft Report: Canada, Eurocopter Parent Team Up on R&D

By Staff Writer | July 1, 2008

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Canada’s National Research Council has signed a five-year agreement with Eurocopter parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space to cooperate on aerospace research and technology development.

The memo of understanding builds on 20 years of collaboration between the council and EADS and its Airbus subsidiary, and will allow the council to begin collaborative work with Eurocopter and other EADS units.

EADS is the sole shareholder of Ontario-based Eurocopter Canada Ltd. and a 50-percent shareholder of Composites Atlantic with the province of Nova Scotia. The company also recently acquired Plant CML in Gatineau, Quebec.

That pact is intended to broaden the research council’s portfolio and fulfill a national goal of securing "Canada’s leadership in the global marketplace through research and innovation."

The National Research Council has a long history of rotorcraft research, ranging from flight-handling qualities and cold-weather testing to obstacle-avoidance systems.

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