Centennial's Downsview Aerospace Campus receives decommissioned Sikorsky Helicopter
- mid-September 2019
- Donor: Ontario's Ornge air ambulance service
- Why: component parts, landing gear, wiring, avionic systems
- Cost (2014 dollars): $!5M
- Joins the expanding fleet of grounded planes just west of the new campus on 65 Carl Hall Road.
- There's so much 'winged stock' that enclosed apron is currently being doubled.
Interior of new Centennial facility: 65 Carl Hall Road
Already 650 full-time students in attendance
Note wooden-plank ceiling and window wells from original DeHavilland facility
Tuition: Canadian students $5400 International students $18000
Free parking for the first 265 24 hour security
For Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR), cooperation replaces competition
University of Toronto
Pratt & Whitney
Safran Landing Systems
All 3 levels of government
Reason: hi-tech is pricey
Meanwhile Ryerson has purchased the old heliport across the street
i.e. composites, interior configuration, unmanned navigation, wind modeling, metal fatigue, cabin noise, wire bundling, landing gear, accident investigation, avionic systems, advanced computerization, flight simulation, trouble-shooting
And dedicated helicopter pad
This building is the youngest of half a dozen derelict structures collectively known as 60 Carl Hall Rd. left over from WII on the north side of Carl Hall
Ryerson's focus: cabin interiors and cabin noise reduction
Follow the Money
Because the aerospace / aviation sector is so popular nowadays
Because there are so many jobs available upon successful completion
The world wants in
The Star's current "Price of Admission" series explores the winners and losers in this space-age gold rush
- Immigration shortcut ?
- Default migrant workers' program ?
- Money-making opportunity ?
Part 1: Explosive growth in international students comes at a steep cost
NOTE: While the lands at 60 and 65 Carl Hall Road (E of CN line) were part of the old CFB Downsview, they are not part of Downsview Park
Part 3: We think of them as cash cows
(i.e. they are not parkland)
The Park wants to hear from you
Below is an excerpt from their Fall 2019 update
While you can always reach them at Downsviewinfo@clc.ca, we strongly recommend completing their 20" survey below.
NOTE: to access survey go HERE
(not to the "here" indicated below)
Serving and protecting:
The non-emergency police line for Downsview (Division 31) is 416-808-3100
Monthly community meeting
Monday October 7, 2019 - 7:00-8:30pm
Community Police Liaison Community Meeting
31 Division, 40 Norfinch Dr,
Turns out that Downsview Park has become an elite location for birdwatching in the GTA.
213 species identified to date
Some recent sightings:
Clay-coloured sparrow: plain and pale little sparrow which summers in the northern prairies and winters in southern Texas and Mexico.
Clay-coloured sparrow September 26 2019
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 Sept) No photo
- Hundreds of migrating broad-winged hawks
- Marsh Wren heard (early Sept)
- Northern Harrier
Left: cackling goose / Right Canada goose 26 Sept 2019
This is unusual. They are now considered to be two different species
Cackling goose is half the size of Canada goose and has a stubbier neck
Canada goose has a deep-throated honk, cackling goose high-pitched cackle