A Bombardier CS100 landed at St. Hubert airport (YHU) on Wednesday, headed for the campus of the École National d’Aérotechnique (ÉNA), a Quebec college. It was there that Bombardier officially turned it over to the ÉNA.
The donation was originally announced back in May of this year, but this week’s actual arrival of the aircraft generated tremendous excitement at the college as hundreds of students came out to welcome the aircraft.
Over the coming months ÉNA teachers will be combing through the aircraft to determine how best to integrate this new state-of-the-art resource into their curriculum.
Bombardier’s president and CEO Alain Bellemare said, “Building strong partnerships with local teaching institutions is key to develop the next generation of aerospace professionals.” Bellemare continued, “The C Series integrates ground-breaking technologies and Canadian know-how into the world’s most innovative commercial aircraft. By donating a C Series to ÉNA, we hope to inspire a growing number of Québec students to consider exciting careers in the aerospace industry.”
The CS100 joins ÉNA’s existing fleet of 38 aircraft, including 27 airplanes and 11 helicopters. The ÉNA, affiliated with Quebec’s CEGEP Édouard-Montpetit, offers an Aerospace Technology Program in both English and French.
ÉNA director Sylvain Lambert said, “To be the first, and possibly only school in the world, to receive such an immense gift from our partner, Bombardier, positions our school as the best in the world.”