Fassi Kafyeke

Bombardier Aerospace

Aviation Leadership for the Environment



Bombardier Aerospace is a commercial aircraft manufacturer with leading products in the business and regional aircraft markets. The presentation will describe Bombardier contributions to the efforts to reduce the impact of aviation on Climate Change. This includes playing a leading role in the understanding of the impact of business aviation on climate change and the definition of the General Aviation Manufacturer Association (GAMA) Aviation Position on the Environment. This position imposes on business aircraft manufacturers specific steps to reduce their environmental footprint: new aircraft technology, improved aircraft operations and use of alternative fuels. The company also played a leading role in the definition of the Canadian Aviation Environment Technology Road Map (CAETRM) and the creation of the GARDN network (Green Aviation Research and Development Network). In the short term (2013), Bombardier will introduce the CSeries, a new single-aisle aircraft with significantly reduced noise and emissions. Projects undertaken in the GARDN consortium will produce technology advances for aircraft introduced around 2017 and technology demonstrator programs in prospective provincial and national framework programs offer promises for aircraft entering service in 2020 and beyond.



1980: Ingénieur Aérospatiale, Liège (Belgium), 1981: M.Sc. Air Transport Engineering, Cranfield (UK), 1994: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada)


1981-82: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

Since 1982: Bombardier Aerospace, Montréal, Canada.

2007 : Director Strategic Technology responsible for all engineering Research and Development,  Design for Environment  and Technical Training

2006: Manager Advanced Aerodynamics and Strategic Technology: additional task of coordination of strategic technology

2004: Senior Engineering Advisor and Manager Advanced Aerodynamics

1996 : Manager Advanced Aerodynamics

Chief Aerodynamicist in charge of Aircraft aerodynamic design and development wind tunnel testing (transonic wings, high-lift systems) of all Bombardier Jets (Global Express, CRJ-700, 900 and 1000, Challenger 300, C-Series). In charge of 25 separate wind tunnel test series (transonic and high-lift tests). Also responsible for CFD methods development and applications.

Member of the board of FQRNT (Fonds Québecois pour la Recherche en Nature et Technologie) and GARDN (Green Aviation Research and Development Network)