MOU between UAS CE and CESA

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Memorandum of understanding between the Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence (UAS CE) of Quebec and the UAV test & services center (CESA) (Bordeaux Aéroparc, France)

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International Paris Air Show – Le Bourget, June 18th, 2013 – The Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence (UAS CE) and the Bordeaux Technowest technopole, representative of the CESA project (UAV test & services center), are proud to announce their commitment regarding a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Mr Marc ASSELIN, Mayor of the city of Alma, Mr Gilles LAFLAMME, Vice-president of the Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence, Mr Alain ROUSSET, President of the Aquitaine region of France and Mr Michel SAINTE-MARIE, Mayor of Mérignac and President of Bordeaux Technowest.

The MOU was signed in the presence of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the honourable Denis LEBEL, as well as the Minister delegate to the Minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, transport, the sea and fishing, the honourable Frédéric CUVILLIER. It is a new step in the cooperation of these two organizations, after they have signed in last April a letter of mutual agreement in Montreal at the AEROMART lounge.

By this memorandum of understanding, both parties commit to collaborate in providing services and expertise to companies in the field of UAS. They will also make their test center to the disposition of the clients of the other party to carry out a particular testing program. The UAS CE and the CESA will also join efforts to support training and development in regulations for the integration of UAVs in Canadian and French airspace.

These activities will take place in both centers, which will however remain distinct and independent entities. The representatives agreed to develop working methodologies aimed at understanding new technologies and thus attain to respond better to the needs of the industry.

“This agreement between the Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence and the UAV test & services center (CESA) represented by the Bordeaux Technowest technopole symbolizes the importance Canada places on aerospace innovation and research and development. By supporting the signatories, the Government of Canada is showing proof of its commitment to consolidating Canadian industry expertise in this sector, which generates major economic and technological spin-offs,” said Minister Lebel.

“I wish to salute and emphasize the mutual commitment of the Unmanned Aerial Center of Excellence and the UAV test and services center for putting their expertise and services to the disposal of the aviation community, and therefore favoring the emergence of new skills.

This mutual initiative symbolizes the commitment of companies to actively participate in the definition of the regulatory framework which will enable a safe and orderly development of the sector of UAS, bearer of great potential and great expectations”, added Minister Cuvillier.

Present for the occasion:

The horourable Denis LEBEL, Minister of transport, Infrastructure and communities, Minister of the economic development agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (QC)

The honourable Frédéric CUVILLIER, Minister delegate to the Minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, transport, the sea, and fishing (FR)

Mr Alain ROUSSET, President of teh Aquitaine region of France (FR)

Mr Gilles LAFLAMME, Vice-president of the Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence (QC)

Mr Marc ASSELIN, Mayor of the city of Alma (QC)

Mr Michel SAINTE-MARIE, Mayor of Mérignac and President of Bordeaux Technowest (FR)

Ms Suzanne BENOIT, President of AERO Montreal (QC)

Ms Agnès PAILLARD, President of Aerospace Valley (FR)

The Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence (UAS CE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop an international center of expertise focused on the development, applications and operations of UAS. The Center is an exceptional full-service facility offering world-class opportunities to organizations participating in all aspects of UAS development and operations.

In addition to this MOU, the UAS CE has recently signed a similar memorandum with the State of Oklahoma, as well as with the Michigan Unmanned Vehicle System Center. The Center now has about 20 active members.

The UAV test & service center (CESA), the first French civilian UAS testing zone, is a result of collaboration between the Regional Council of Aquitaine, the State, the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) and the Ministry of Defense. Managed and operated by the Bordeaux Technowest technopole, the CESA will soon allow to certify and qualify autonomous systems less than 150 kg.

The consortium that is working on this tool gathers several aquitanian SMEs: HELILEO, Fly-n-Sense, 2MoRo, Territoires&Co, M3 Systems, Ulysse. The test area is located on the regional military Camp of Souge (2,855 hectares), at 9,3 miles to the North-West of Bordeaux, and 6,2 from Bordeaux – Mérignac international airport, on the territory of Bordeaux Aéroparc.

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