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NRC and Airbus collaborate on improving air passenger experience

Data will help researchers identify low-cost, high-return changes that can be applied early in the aircraft design process.


OTTAWA — A National Research Council of Canada (NRC) multidisciplinary team is studying responses from air travelers and crew to aircraft cabin environments and the impact of new design concepts and emerging technologies.

This is the third year of a five-year collaboration with the research and technology team at Airbus Americas Engineering to improve the air passenger experience.

The research team is using the new NRC Centre for Air Travel Research and real people in simulated tests to evaluate and analyze disruptive concepts, cabin air quality and environmental control systems, passenger comfort, and issues associated with boarding and exiting aircraft.

The data will help researchers identify low-cost, high-return changes that can be applied early in the aircraft design process, allowing Airbus to make evidence-based decisions that balance the safety and comfort of air passengers and crew with manufacturing and operational costs for next generation aircraft.

This research collaboration is part of the Airbus’ Industrial and Technological Benefit (ITB) obligation associated with Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program. The ITB policy ensures prime contractors provide business activities in Canada equal to the contract value.

The FWSAR program is supporting approximately $2.5 billion in ITB activities.

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