Ontario builds everything from jet and turboprop civil aircraft to parts for the Space Shuttle, airliner engines and undercarriages, and a host of other sophisticated aerospace components. The world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier Aerospace, which has its headquarters in Quebec, has a large manufacturing plant at Brampton, Ontario. Here, Bombardier de Havilland makes the Dash 8 series of regional turboprop airliners, the Global Express business jet and wings for the Lear 45 business jet.
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Quebec and Ontario, is an independent subsidiary of the US engine giant, and has made engines for more than 18,500 of the world’s smaller airliners.
Eurocopter Canada, a subsidiary of the Franco-German company, builds helicopters in Fort Erie. It designs and manufactures parts for the EC-135 and AS-350/355 helicopters and is design authority for the Bo-105 helicopter, made at the Ontario site since 1986.
Menasco Aerospace in Oakville supplies the landing gear on all Boeing airliners except the 747 and commands half the world market for undercarriages for big airliners.
Spar Aerospace, which has headquarters in Mississauga near Toronto, is best known as the builder of the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System better known as the Canadarm which can launch, retrieve and move satellites and experiments from the Space Shuttle’s bay while it is in orbit.
Spar is also now building the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), centred around a new generation Canadarm. This will perform similar services on the International Space Station, the first module of which was launched into orbit last week.