May 17, 2017

Bombardier Technical Experts Recognized by Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI)

  • Three accomplished employees receive awards for outstanding achievements in the field of aviation; testament to the unique expertise found at Bombardier
  • First time in CASI history that three representatives from the same company win Senior Awards the same year

Three highly skilled employees from Bombardier’s Product Development Engineering group were honoured on May 17, in Toronto, at the CASI Senior Awards reception and Gala Dinner in recognition of their significant contributions to Canadian aviation.

David Reist, Principal Engineering Specialist, won the coveted McCurdy Award for his and his team’s exceptional work in the development of the computational laws (operational mode) behind the advanced flight controls system on the C Series airliners, the first Bombardier aircraft with Fly-by-Wire (FBW) technology. Introduced in 1954, the McCurdy Award is presented for outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research.

The performance and reliability of the C Series aircraft in service continues to be outstanding and the aircraft are meeting or exceeding all performance requirements. FBW technology is also found on Bombardier’s new, segment-defining Global 7000 business jet, which is progressing extremely well in its flight test program, further highlighting the value of the control laws developed by Mr. Reist and his team.

Chuck Ellis, Fellow, Experimental Flight Test and Andy Litavniks, Pilot, Flight Test won the prestigious Trans-Canada McKee Trophy for their remarkable accomplishments as flight test team leads for the CS100 and CS300 aircraft models. The C Series is Canada’s largest aviation program in the last 30 years. The McKee Trophy, established in 1927, is Canada’s oldest aviation trophy and is awarded for exceptional achievement in the field of air operations.

“David, Chuck and Andy’s unique expertise and extensive experience have significantly contributed to Bombardier’s future and we are very proud that the Canadian Aerospace community has recognized their and their teams’ superior work,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Product Development Engineering, Aerospace. “Bombardier’s workforce is dedicated and passionate about designing, manufacturing and supporting world-class aircraft, which in turn contribute to the advancement of the aviation industry in Canada and worldwide.”

About CASI

The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) is a not-for-profit scientific and technical organization devoted to the advancement of the art, science engineering and applications relating to aeronautics, astronautics, and associated technologies and their applications. CASI members participate in activities through their local Branches across Canada and specialist Sections that cater to specific areas of interest. Other member benefits include yearly technical conferences, networking and learning opportunities and participation on committees. As a learned society, membership is graded to reflect career progression from Junior Member to Fellow.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, we posted revenues of $16.3 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter  @Bombardier.

Bombardier, C Series, CS100, CS300, Global and Global 7000 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc.

The C Series aircraft is manufactured by the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft segment of Bombardier Inc.

For Information

Sylvie Gauthier
Director, Communications
Product Development Engineering, Aerospace
514 855 7983


The Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program is currently in development, and as such is subject to changes in family strategy, branding, capacity, performance, design and/or systems. All specifications and data are approximate, may change without notice and are subject to certain operating rules, assumptions and other conditions. This press release does not constitute an offer, commitment, representation, guarantee or warranty of any kind.