The Alma Airport is located in the heart of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area, at the center of the MRC Lac St-Jean Est. It is only 5 miles from downtown Alma. Our airport infrastructure is managed by the Corporation d’innovation et développement Alma – Lac-Saint-Jean-Est (CIDAL). The airport has a modern terminal which was built in 2000. It houses our administrative offices, a large conference room and a waiting room for our customers. We offer side air, one track of 5000 feet long by 100 feet wide. The track is paved and fully equipped with cutting-edge technology for instrument flight. Many companies are located on the site of the Alma Airport, such as : The administrative offices of the Alma Airport, UAS Centre of Excellence, CAE, Flyterra, Hélicoptères Panorama, Panorama Aviation, Parachutes Horizon.
Affiliated to the Cégep de Chicoutimi, the Centre de géomatique du Québec (CGQ) is a non-profit parapublic organization member of the Trans-tech network owning the status of a College Center for Technology Transfer (CCTT). The mission of the CGQ is to be used as a lever for innovation and performance among its customers through the use and development of geomatics, which proves to be the best tool towards the optimization of management potential, planning and economic development of a specific region. The CGQ consists of a multidisciplinary team whose mandate is to assist organizations and public and private businesses in their geomatics activities.The CGQ’s approach enables its partners to benefit from a cutting-edge technology expertise, unique facilities in eastern Canada and personalized services.
CQFA has been involved with light UAV training and research since 2007. It offers throughout Canada a 130-hour Professional UAV Pilot Course covering theory and practical, in French and English. Participants come from both Americas and Europe to take this unique UAV pilot training. CQFA is Quebec’s unique public school offering aviation training. Founding member of Collegiate Aviation Canada, the CQFA is the only Canadian aviation college to offer three operational career paths : multi-engine instrument flights (airline pilot), seaplane (bush pilot) and helicopter. CQFA offers the only program recognized by Quebec’s Ministry of Education, allowing students to get a College diploma in addition to their pilot license. Since 1968, CQFA provides strong training, technical, and operational support to airlines of all sizes, airports, civil aviation agencies, and the UAV industry. CQFA is also active in Africa and China.
The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, and fulfilling government mandates. NRC runs a comprehensive R&D program for the advancement, verification and adoption of UAS technologies in Canada.
The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is a constituent of the Université du Québec network. Specialized in applied teaching and research in engineering and in technology transfers, ÉTS trains engineers and researchers knowned for their practical and innovative approach. Since its establishment, ÉTS maintains a unique partnership with businesses and industries, both large and small. The École de Technologie Supérieure welcomes over 7000 students each year. Teachers hired at L’ÉTS must possess relevant work experience. ÉTS is the only engineering school in Quebec offering baccalaureate programs in engineering created specifically for college graduates in a technical training wishing to acquire a university degree. ¾ of its Research and Development projects is conducted in partnership with the industry. ÉTS hosts many Research Chairs in its facilities.
The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MERN) is responsible for the management of Quebec's territory and natural resources. Its mission is to promote the development, conservation and knowledge of natural resources and the territory, from a perspective of sustainable development and integrated management, for the benefit of citizens.
Among other things, the MERN's mining rights management department is mandated to inspect mineral surface sites, mineral exploration and mining sites in Quebec.
As an institution of higher education, UQAC works in the three cycles of studies and is active in research and creation. In doing so, the University assumes a mission of transmission and dissemination of knowledge by providing various programs of studies aimed at students with various profiles and interested in an initial quality training added to continuous learning. By conducting high quality scientific activities in partnership with the community, UQAC dedicates considerable efforts to generate and preserve knowledge, thus contributing to researchers training. The University pursues its mission to develop critical thinking through its experts, the teachers. Their expertise related to UAVs includes thermal management and operability in extreme températures, test method development and evaluation of effects of electromagnetic interference (EMI and EMC), improved dynamic conditions and resistance of UAV systems.
The city of Saint-Honoré was built at the feet of mount Valin, north of Saguenay and in the same administrative area than the UAS CE (Québec, Canada). Benefiting from an accelerated growth period on demographic, commercial and industrial levels, Saint-Honoré relies on a certified and controlled airport where many users operate aeronautical activities in numerous fields. Its strongest user, in terms of annual airborne movements, is the CQFA (Quebec Centre in Aeronautical Training, member as well of the UAS CE), the only public French school in pilot training in North America.
ARA Robotics is a Montreal-based company which develops an innovative, reliable, easy to use, robust and safe UAV autopilot for industrial and commercial applications. This is achieved by applying new innovative research developed by the founders and their associated research partners in the field of modern aircraft control and state estimation. The company also offers turnkey solutions which involve the development of specialized drone systems to offer various functionalities for its customers and thus adapting the systems to their individual needs. ARA Robotics employs a team of experts specialized in robotics, aerial navigation and control dedicated to the conception and commercialization of the SKYMATE autopilot. The company is a key factor in the development of drone systems in collaboration with many Canadian Universities and companies.
Eckinox is more than a communication agency, it is a complete range of essential services for business: image design, brand image design, graphics, marketing strategy, web site development, software and applications, copywriting, making and shooting video: in short, Eckinox is always one step ahead on industry standards and trends. True to this philosophy, Eckinox extends its range of services with spectacular aerial views taken by unmanned aerial vehicle for video production and corporate photography.
EXO Tactik offers air support services specialized in public safety. Its specialized crews work alongside public, municipal and private emergency services in their missions. The company also developed capturing expertise for utilities and environmental researchers. EXO Tactik’s UAVs, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, capture and broadcast live audiovisual and technical data, while working with specific procedures ensuring the security and confidentiality of the data collected. Many other capabilities related to aerial recordings are also part of the EXO Tactik service offer: drone flights, transmission, imaging and communications.
Explorer Solutions is a leading airport planning and development consulting company with a proven track record and unmatched experience in aviation, aerospace, and economic development. They are one of the most innovative firms with unique capabilities in strategic positioning of airports, market studies and research, investment attraction and marketing. Their experienced consultants, backed by a team of seasoned professionals, are committed to provide you with sound advice and effective solutions in achieving your goals. Explorer Solutions is the consulting firm who has developed the implementation of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Centre of Excellence in Alma and the Northern Michigan Unmanned Aerial System Center in Alpena (Mi). The professional team continuously monitors emerging trends and maintains permanent business intelligence in the North American industry and international markets. Their network of contacts can make a difference and support the integration and growth of your business in the UAV market.
Flight Data Technologies offers you a suite of safety avionic products from FDR, combined FDR-CVR-Video with QAR, Wi-Fi QAR, automatic Flight Data Transmission on the ground as well as SATellite COMmunication (SATCOM) during flight plus Flight Data Analysis software solutions to integrate to your FDM and SMS strategy.
For Aircraft Manufacturers or large clients, FDT offers the flexibility to build custom FDR solutions. Our skilled professionals are excellent at finding a solution that optimally satisfies the requirements of the clients' project.
Based in Montreal, Canada, FDT extends its activities internationally through various sales offices, distributors and agents.
Humanitas Solutions is a creative team of designers, developers, and researchers. People exchange their expertise, compassion, and initiatives leading to a shared, determined destination.
Iris Automation is building a computer-vision-based avoidance system that helps drones see the world how pilots do. The company is based in San Francisco and is led by a team with experience at NASA, Boeing, and Nvidia, including PhDs in computer vision. Iris is a key partner on multiple FAAUAS Integration Pilot Programs, a participant of NASA’s Unmanned Traffic Management program and a participant of Transport Canada’s BVLOS Technology Demonstration Program.
Microdrones provides data entry and aerial photos on potential or current extraction sites (Aerial photographs and mosaics of pictures, 3D modeling of potential extraction sites, measurements of aggregates piles, production monitoring, etc. Microdrones acts as a distributor developing partnerships with European and North American manufacturers to offer a wide selection of RPAS useful in diverse industries, as well as operator: using RPAS to provide solutions, ensure surveillance and provide data and images to clients from various industries (mining, oil, agriculture, informative, geographical, etc.).
Managed by a team adding up more than 30 years of experience in the field of the commercial aviation, Spectral Aviation specializes in the areas of training and consulting services. The broad range of services offered by the company allows, to everyone wishing to offer aerial drone services, a safe integration of their operation in the Canadian airspace. Those services range from the training of the employees involved in the air operations to the development of the structures and procedures to obtain the certification required by Transport Canada.