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Cold Weather Testing in Manitoba

icing test3In the heart of Canada lies the beautiful province of Manitoba, stretching from the United States border in the south to the shores of Hudson Bay at the edge of the Arctic in the north – a distance of nearly 1000 miles/1600 kilometers.

Summers in Manitoba can be hot and a great place where people love to play outdoors. In winter, Manitoba changes to a white landscape of snow and frozen lakes, green forests and clear blue skies. Winters are fun for hockey, snowmobiling, skiing, skating, ice fishing. Yet, winter can be harsh and very cold.

Manitoba is subject to cold air masses that come from the Arctic. This creates the ideal world for cold and winter testing for aerospace, automotive, industrial equipment manufacturers and suppliers. If your equipment can endure testing during Manitoba winters, it will be tough enough to work anywhere.

We also know testers need more than just cold weather, snow and ice to do their work. They need good communication links to their home office, easy transportation access to the test site from their home base, quality hotel accommodation and food services, equipment rental shops repair facilities, and a friendly environment in the host community. Manitoba can supply all those services, amenities and more.

That’s why we are known as “Friendly Manitoba”. Call us so we can help you and your company get started in the cold!

Cold Weather Sites

WINNIPEG: 49˚53'N 97˚10'W
GE AVIATION TEST, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (TRDC)

General Electric chose Winnipeg as the best location for its new large engine Research and development Test Centre.

Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba and the economic engine of the Province. The city’s diversified economy ensures long term economic stability while providing businesses with access to a wide variety of suppliers and services.

Winnipeg’s new James Richardson International Airport operates twenty-four hours per day providing both timely airline access to local, domestic and international destinations and expeditious courier delivery services.

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THOMPSON: 55˚48'N 97˚52'W
GLOBAL AEROSPACE CENTRE FOR ICING AND ENVIRNMENTAL RESEARCH (GLACIER)

The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) in Thompson, Manitoba is a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, two of the world’s largest aerospace engine manufacturers.

Designed and built by MDS with the National Research Council’s (NRC) expertise and global leadership on engine icing, GLACIER s a year-round engine testing and certification facility specializes in engine icing. The facility also provides a variety of performance, endurance and specialty testing on a year-round basis outside of the icing season.

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CHURCHILL: 58˚44'N 94˚04'W
EDGE OF CANADA'S ARCTIC

The most northerly of Manitoba’s three test centers, Churchill, is a salt water seaport and a key transportation centre. The community is serviced 24/7 by a Transport Canada-operated airport with a paved 9,200×160 foot runway. As the terminus of the Hudson Bay rail line, and at the edge of the Arctic tundra, Churchill is renowned for its polar bears, beluga whales and fabulous Aurora Borealis. It also boasts modern services including hotels, restaurants, and hospital.

Outstanding logistics connectivity to the south and the availability of apron/ramp space make Churchill the ideal location to conduct cold weather testing of any size aircraft.

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