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MDS Partners with Air France

Ottawa, January 11, 2011 – MDS and Air France Industries have signed a milestone design and supply contract for a new engine test facility near Paris.

The new MDS-designed facility, located at Charles De Gaulle Airport, will be capable of testing engines up to 150,000 lbf.

Air France Industries will carry out post overhaul testing of the CFM56-5a/b/c family of engines, as well as the GE90-94/115 and GP7200.  The new facility will also be capable of testing future large engines such as the Trent 1000 & XWB, GENX and other Very Large Engines.

MDS is responsible for the detailed design, including construction site management services.

MDS also will provide all test systems.  These include aerodynamic and acoustic elements, a thrust measurement system, 4-engine adapters, mechanical support systems and engine dress equipment.  Another feature will be MDS’ market leading proDAS data acquisition and controls systems.

The new state of the art facility replaces an existing test centre at the same site.

With civil design work nearing completion, construction is scheduled to begin in March.  Operational start-up is scheduled for June 2012.

For more than 25 years MDS has been a world leading supplier of turnkey test facilities and test systems for the aviation, industrial, and marine gas turbine engine community.  The company sustains an unwavering commitment to provide its clients with superior products and services.  MDS products and services range from comprehensive turnkey facilities to long term maintenance and operational support.


“MDS is proud to have won the trust of such a prestigious customer as Air France Industries for this key test facility.  We welcome the opportunity to be a part of its team”.

Kevin Fitzgerald, P.Eng., MDS President and CEO

Quick Facts:

  • MDS is designing a facility for Air France Industries capable of testing engines up to 150,000 lbf.
  • MDS is providing all test systems for the facility near Paris, which is scheduled for operational start-up in June of 2012.

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