Unmanned aerial drone being tested in Quebec for civilian uses (TORONTO STAR) Richard J. Brennan 04/23/12)
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An unmanned Israeli-made military drone is buzzing Alma, Quebec.
Aeronautics Ltd. of Israel has teamed up with Montreal-based CAE Inc.
to demonstrate civilian uses for the military drone, such as remote
inspection of pipelines, surveillance of forest fires and conducting
searches in the Arctic, a company spokesperson saidMonday.
The first of a series of demonstration flights of the drone, called a
Miskam, has been conducted from the UAS (Unmanned Aerial System)
Centre of Excellence at Alma airport, north of Quebec City.
“The successful operation of the first few flights of the Miskam UAS
is a milestone for the project, but only the first of what we believe
will be many milestones,” said Pietro D’Ulisse, CAE’s vice president
and business leader — Canada, said in a news release.
“Much like the use of simulation in training, the use of unmanned
systems for a range of civil applications has the potential to
enhance safety, increase efficiency, and save money. We look forward
to continuing to work closely with Aeronautics, regulatory
authorities, and potential customers as we demonstrate these
capabilities,” D’Ulisse said.
The Miskam testing is being conducted under the supervision of
Transport Canada, NAV Canada, and 3 Wing Bagotville. The testing is
done over the airport airspace.
Transport Canada issued Aeronautics and CAE, a company specializing
in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence,
a special flight operating certificate last November to begin
demonstration flights at the UAS Centre of Excellence.
The drone, with a wingspan of 13.5 metres, has a maximum takeoff
weight of about 900 kilograms and stay aloft for up to 24 hours.
CAE employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and
training locations in over 25 countries. Through CAE’s global network
of 34 civil aviation, military and helicopter training centres, the
company trains more than 80,000 crew members yearly.
Aeronautics Ltd. is one of Israel’s largest defence corporations and
a global leader in the field of unmanned systems. (© Copyright
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