(ABBOTSFORD, BC): The builder of Canada’s most sophisticated Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), is pleased to announce expansion and partnerships in both British Columbia and Alberta.
Brican Aircraft Systems, a division of Ontario-based Brican Technologies, will establish subsidiary partnerships in Abbotsford and Calgary. The new initiatives position Brican for a greater range of sensor- and data-related missions in future – and to fly a wider variety of challenging locations.

“Our new partners, Peregrine Aerial Surveys Incorporated of Abbotsford and Uplink Aviation Inc. of Calgary, have unparalleled expertise in the areas of sensors and remote area operations,” says Brian McLuckie, president of Brican Technologies. “These new relationships, combined with our latest aircraft, will provide clients with a full-service option for high-end data collection and interpretation. We can fly and gather mission-critical data in environments that are dull, dirty or dangerous – without putting a flight crew at risk.”

The news follows another breakthrough for Brican. On June 25, the company was awarded a contract by the Build in Canada Innovation Program. This is seen as an endorsement of the meticulous Brican approach – which is to build a RPAS with the same quality and safety as a civil aviation aircraft. In a world where many unmanned aerial vehicles lack a true aerospace pedigree, Brican has distinguished itself, earning the title of “Platform of Choice” from the National Research Council of Canada. Our aerospace engineers are constantly refining the product, ensuring it remains well ahead of the technology and regulatory curves.

“All it takes is one look and you can tell this is a real aircraft,” says McLuckie. “It was designed that way, built that way – and it performs that way. We’re grateful the Build in Canada Innovation Program recognizes the unique qualities of this made-in-Canada aerospace product.”

With its long endurance, nine-kilogram sensor payload capacity and civil-spec build, the Brican RPAS is suitable for an extraordinarily wide variety of missions – ranging from the high Arctic through to pipeline inspections, atmospheric sampling and geological surveys. It can fly lower and slower than traditional manned aircraft, meaning sensors have an opportunity to capture data at a more granular level. In August and September, a Brican aircraft equipped with a magnetic anomaly detection system will be tested by the Canadian military for a potential role in submarine detection and coastal sovereignty. This “sub-hunter” evaluation will take place in BC and Ontario.

Much like the International Space Station orbits the earth gathering data – the Brican RPAS has been built to fulfill the same function a little closer to home. It has been specifically designed to carry state-of- the-art sensors capable of reliably capturing high-quality data, and then safely returning the package to the ground.
Its aerodynamic design springs from the expertise of Brian Eggleston – whose nearly four-decade career with de Havilland Aircraft included serving as director of Technical Design and Research. His career and reputation were built by improving the safety, performance and efficiency of passenger aircraft – and the Brican RPAS draws on every aspect of his considerable expertise. Its flawless production and mechanics come from Brian McLuckie – whose Brican Technologies is acknowledged as a Canadian leader in custom robotic systems and factory automation. McLuckie also shares a background in aviation, and has designed and built an ultralight aircraft he has flown.
Brian McLuckie / President, Brican Aircraft Systems / 416.806.0659 /
Paul Gagnon / President, Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc. / 604.859.2230 /
Peter Jess / CEO, Uplink Aviation Inc. / 403-282-2268 /