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Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada

Ottawa Branch

The mission of the Ottawa Branch is to support local CASI members in their professional career development through monthly events, resources and educational tools. The Branch contributes to national activities like inter-branch initiatives, section development, mentoring and professional development. Close associations are maintained with academic institutions in Ottawa and the Branch likes to organize site visits at various facilities in the NCR. We give priority access to CASI members for these tours where we get to meet interesting people but still provide a good talk to the general public who are welcome to join us – but encouraged to join CASI!

Any members of the Canadian aerospace community willing to participate can contact the branch co-chairs listed below.

The Ottawa Branch Workspace is open to any Member of CASI.

Branch Executive

Position Incumbent Organisation
Branch Chairs

Jeff Bird

Omer Majeed


MDS Aero Support

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Thompson Davis Engineering
Chair Emeritus Paul Penna Retired – NRC Aerodynamics Lab
Branch Councillor Jeff Bird TECnos
Branch Executive Members Prof. Catherine Mavriplis Ottawa University
  Prof. Jeremy Laliberté

Carleton University



  Steve Hall Celeris
  Pervez Canteenwalla

NRC Gas Turbine

  Prof. Catherine Mavriplis

Ottawa University

 TBA Carleton University CMAS

Each year an executive member of the Carleton Mechanical and Aeronautical Society (CMAS) is invited to serve on the executive.

Thanks to recent members who have served with distinction and moved on: Shaun Horning, Nezih Mrad and David Zimcik.

CASI Ottawa 2019 Annual Report

Upcoming events

    • January 28, 2021
    • 12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
    • A CASI Zoom Event
    • 228

    CASI Ottawa Branch

    Air-to-Air Collisions: Drone Impact Damage 

    Assessment on Aircraft Structure

    January 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    A CASI Zoom Event


    Dr. Azzedine Dadouche

    Senior Research Officer
    National Research Council Aerospace Research Centre

    Air-to-air collisions with birds or drones represent a real risk for civilian and military aircraft. To ensure passengers’ safety and mitigate risks, regulators (i.e. Transport Canada and Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) require engine and airframe manufacturers to certify their products for bird strike/ingestion at representative conditions (impact speed, bird weight and environment temperature). Although these regulations have been in force for decades, certification testing remains a highly-specialized field, with unique problems to be solved for each test program. On the other hand, aerial drones have been increasingly used over the last decade resulting in new challenges to the aerospace industry as no certification for drone impact/ingestion is in place. To address these concerns, regulators have already implemented regulations dealing with the operation of drones, especially in sensitive areas such as airports where a safe distance must be observed. However, the risk of impacting an aircraft at low altitude remains from both malicious and/or careless operators.

    In collaboration with Transport Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada, the National Research Council has built a Super Cannon and performed a series of experiments simulating impacts between a representative quadcopter drone and various aircraft materials and components.  Tests were performed at operating conditions typical for approach and cruising speeds of an aircraft under 10,000 feet (3,048 m). This presentation gives an analysis on the type and severity of the damage that may be caused during such collisions.

    This virtual presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Of course the chat room will be available to share comments and questions. A podcast will be available after but be there for the chat and video feeds of your colleagues!


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