YELLOWKNIFE, NT, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Discovery Air Innovations (DAI),
in collaboration with the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, is
pleased to announce the first annual Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV) student
paper competition. DAI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, is
sponsoring the event to help foster the academic development of Heavy
Lift Hybrid Air Vehicles in North America.
The 2011-2012 competition, open to all full-time University Graduate
students, will focus on the humanitarian application for Heavy Lift
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HLHAV). The students will examine the capabilities
and operating characteristics of HLHAV and determine their ability to
offer a solution to global suffering. The analysis should match or
consider strengths and weaknesses of Heavy Lift solutions applied to
specific humanitarian missions and result in clear and logically
"Discovery Air Innovations is thrilled to sponsor the HAV student
competition," said DAI's Director of Business Development, Stephen
Newton. "Heavy Lift Hybrid Air Vehicles are a promising technology for
the future with significant application in circumstances such as
humanitarian missions where conventional modes of transportation may
not be feasible. Getting students involved in the developmental phase
of this technology is essential for the future of this technology."
The Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF,) a non-profit
association that promotes the development of research in transportation
"has a long history of encouraging students to pursue
transportation-related studies through student paper competitions and
scholarship awards," said Vijay Gill, President of CTRF. "We are proud
to be able to extend that history through our collaboration with DAI."
"We are very pleased that our students will have the opportunity to
engage in innovative ideas with meaningful applications," commented Dr.
Paul Earl, Director, Transport Institute, I.H. Asper School of
Business, University of Manitoba. "The trauma of natural disasters is
accentuated by disruptions to the transportation systems that limit
humanitarian logistics efforts. This initiative provides an
opportunity to explore the role that hybrid aircraft could play in
saving lives and relieving suffering when conventional logistical
services are interrupted."
The deadline for the competition is March 31, 2012 and all submissions
are being judged by the CTRF. Winning authors will be awarded $500 and
$250 for first and second prize respectively. For more information
about the 2011-2012 Hybrid Air Vehicle Student Paper Competition and
how to submit an entry, please visit the Discovery Air Innovations
website at www.da-innovations.ca.
ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air Inc. is a Canadian specialty aviation company, operating
over 140 aircraft with our 850 team members. We deliver airborne
training to the Canadian military; airborne fire services; VFR
helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and
logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul,
modification, engineering and certification services.
Discovery Air's shares and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).
ABOUT THE CANADIAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH FORUM
The Canadian Transportation Research Forum is a non-profit association
of professionals and students dedicated to research in transportation
and related fields. CTRF provides a forum for networking and discussion
and supports education in transportation related fields through
publication of research papers, conferences, scholarships and student
SOURCE Discovery Air Inc.
For further information:
Discovery Air Innovations
Director, Business Development
Canadian Transportation Research Forum:
Carole Ann Woudsma, Secretariat
PO Box 23033
Woodstock, Ontario N4T 1R9