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Thunder Bay aviation tech firm lands federal contract

Government contract will add 'several jobs' at Air Suite
Cirro Flight Management software, created by Thunder Bay company AirSuite, is used around the world.

A Thunder Bay aviation technology company has been awarded a federal government contract. 

AirSuite said in a news release that its flight operations management system, Cirro, has been selected for use by the Aircraft Services Directorate, the air operator within Transport Canada. 

The multi-year federal contract, the company said, will create “several new jobs” at the software company.

The contract came out of a federal procurement process. Ottawa put out a request for proposals to select a provider of flight management software to optimize flight operations for environmental monitoring and surveillance, Canadian Coast Guard operations, and government airlift.

“This contract underscores Cirro's commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said Michael Kleywegt, CEO of AirSuite, in a statement.

“We've been at the forefront of the Canadian aviation tech industry for nine years, and we continue to deliver reliable, secure, and efficient solutions.”

The innovative company launched the flight management system in 2015. 

Designed for rotary-wing and fixed wing operators, it eliminates the paperwork of all the necessary pre-flight checks and post-flight report by digitizing the entire process. All aspects of operations, such as flight duty times, aircraft weight and balance calculations, safety management, fleet scheduling, and the various details of aircraft, crew and resource management can be tracked and recorded on the company’s suite of tools.

The data can be used in compliance reports during Transport Canada audits, client billing, aircraft maintenance and many other tasks.

“Securing this high-level contract is testament to our team's dedication to compliance and safety, and to our vision to provide unique, user-friendly solutions for our colleagues in the industry,” added Doug Carlson, chief operating officer at AirSuite.