GARDN is a newly established Business-led Network of Centres of Excellence, with an initial budget of $23 M over four years (2009-2013). Its mission is to promote aerospace technologies for the protection of the environment.
GARDN’s activities are intended to support the competitive excellence of Canadian aerospace products and services, the economic success of the member companies and the development and training of highly qualified personnel in the aerospace environmental field.
GARDN will champion synergies with other Canadian and international environmental initiatives, such as SDTC, CRIAQ, FMP, etc, along with international organizations, such as ICAO, the European Union (CleanSky), NATO, etc.
ÉTS is involved in GARDN’s project entitled: "Flight management systems". Professor Ruxandra Botez and the LARCASE team from ÉTS are working on this project in cooperation with CMC Electronics.
The goal of these systems is to reduce fuel consumption and the emission of pollutants by providing flight personnel with recommendations pertaining to the ideal trajectory or the optimum cruising speed, for example.