This unique outdoor test facility is the result of a successful partnership between Government and Global Industry leaders.


MDS Aero Support Corporation– proudly recognized as a world leading supplier of turnkey test facilities and test systems for the aviation, industrial, and marine gas turbine engine community since 1985. MDS sustains an unwavering commitment to provide our clients with superior products and services, from comprehensive turnkey facilities to long term maintenance and operational support.
Whether the objective is high facility throughput or complex development testing, MDS operates within client driven parameters to establish effective, sustainable, tailored solutions. MDS has the proven track record to ensure that even the most ambitious projects are a resounding success.
Each project is unique, and the MDS method begins with a rationalization analysis, complete with recommendations for optimizing facility operations. Projects are then meticulously planned, executed on time and on budget, and measured to the highest quality standard. Our innovative phased approach allows us to work closely with our clients during the concept development and design phases to deliver sound, reliable and cost effective results.


The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) Inc., a joint venture company between Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce Canada, has built a new, state-of-the-art, cold weather testing and research facility. Located in Thompson, Manitoba, this facility is the most advanced of its kind in the world. It specializes in ice tests for aerospace engine certification programs. It will also play a leading role in cold weather research for the benefit of the entire aviation industry, and offer unique education opportunities through partnerships with schools and universities.


Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines. Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.


Recognized globally for research and innovation, National Research Council Canada (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology.
For over 50 years, NRC Aerospace has been a pioneer in the development of icing simulation technology aimed at engines and wings, as well as ice detection equipment and atmospheric measurement of icing conditions. NRC is well recognized internationally by regulatory agencies (FAA, Transport Canada and EASA)
and engine manufacturers in icing simulation and testing technologies.
This specialized expertise is in keeping with NRC Aerospace’s role as Canada’s national aerospace laboratory, undertaking and promoting research and technology development in support of the Canadian aerospace community.


“The Canadian Environmental Test Research and Education Center, or EnviroTREC, is responsible for establishing and maintaining a research, human resources and education program in support of GLACIER activities. Through strategic partnerships with the industry, universities, colleges and post-secondary schools, EnviroTREC will work to attract top students and researchers”.


“Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems. The company supports more than 11,000 customers in 195 countries around the world. Pratt & Whitney’s large commercial engines power more than 30 percent of the world’s passenger aircraft fleet.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a global aerospace leader, shaping the future of business, helicopter and regional aviation with new generation engines. Every second, an aircraft powered by a P&WC engine takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC has been a key player in Canada’s aerospace industry for more than eight decades. As the No. 1 R&D investor in Canada’s aerospace sector, the company is focused on R&D projects to further reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise. P&WC has facilities around the world and across Canada, including in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta”.


“Thompson Unlimited is the non-profit municipal economic development corporation serving Thompson, Manitoba. Its mission is to create a dynamic business climate by providing support and resources to grow Thompson as a northern center of diverse economic opportunities, and as a community having a well-developed quality of life. Cold weather testing is one of the many directions Thompson Unlimited is working at in helping to diversify the local economy.
Our winter weather testing projects include attracting and working with aerospace, automotive, recreation, heavy equipment and component companies in need of real world cold and winter weather testing.
If it starts here, it starts anywhere!