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Ottawa, Apr 2 (Canadian-Media): Ontario is collaborating with National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest federal research and development organization, to enhance the air passenger experience with concept development, mockup, demonstration, and user testing, media reports said.
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To better understand people's interaction with the controlled air travel environment, a NRC multidisciplinary team -- specialists in physiology, psychology, industrial design, engineering, instrumentation, fabrication, and project management -- using the new NRC Centre for Air Travel Research, is studying human responses to the cabin environment and how new design concepts and emerging technologies on air impact travelers and crew.
The NRC is in the third year of a five-year research collaboration with the Research and Technology team at Airbus Americas Engineering. It uses real people in simulated tests to scientifically evaluate and analyze innovative disruptive concepts, cabin air quality and environmental control systems, passenger comfort, and issues associated with boarding and exiting aircraft.
"With our new Centre for Air Travel Research and our world-class researchers in human-centric engineering, we can provide the aerospace industry a large-scale end-to-end testing and demonstration platform for the most advanced technologies in passenger comfort and safety,” said Ibrahim Yimer, Director General of Aerospace, National Research Council of Canada
Analyzing the data gathered during these comprehensive tests, researchers will be able to identify low-cost, high-return changes that can be applied early in the aircraft design process to the benefit of Airbus and its industry customers and for next-generation aircraft.
This research collaboration had been possible partly through Airbus’ Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) and associated with Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program and supports approximately $2.5 billion (CAD) in ITB activities within the Canadian economy.