New Objective: Towards a 100 Percent Recyclable Aircraft

As part of Montréal Civil Aviation Week, Canadian Aéro Montréal (the think tank of Québec‘s aerospace cluster) brought together nearly 400 participants for a case study competition on the development of a 100 percent recyclable aircraft.

A panel of experts awarded top honors to Cyclair project, from École Polytechnique of Montréal, while all the participants learned more about this future challenge. According to the provided information, aircraft recycling is one of the main challenges for the future of the global aerospace industry. Post-secondary and university students from Québec were asked to develop a sustainable and profitable solution for recycling all the components of an end-of-life aircraft in Québec.

“Over the past five years, the average lifespan of a commercial aircraft has fallen to 26 years from 31 years, which has accelerated the end of life of these aircraft,” Aéro Montréal underlined. About 6,000 commercial aircrafts would be decommissioned in the next 20 years while the number of passengers would total 7.3 billion by 2036.