Marinvent’s Maris Wins Prestigious Award in NYC
CDR recently sent Quebec Bureau Chief, Peter Diekmeyer, to New York City for the Create the Future Design awards where John Maris, president and founder of Marinvent Corporation in Canada, was honoured. Here is his report.
New York –Marinvent’s Airfoil Performance Monitor got a major boost recently when John Maris, the company’s founder and president, picked up first prize in the Create the Future Design Contest. International recognition for the company’s airflow monitoring technology, which warns pilots of potential stalls due to ice and dirt build-up on aircraft wings, may very well boost development and acceptance of this new technology in the notoriously conservative aerospace community.
Marinvent’s solution uses sensors placed on aircraft wings, to monitor airflow stresses on its surfaces, and provides aircrews with critical information regarding stall potential that enables them to make faster and better informed decisions.“Exiting angle-of-attack and ice detector technologies are failing to prevent many accidents, particularly during or immediately after takeoffs,” Maris told CDR. “The APMs will significantly minimize those risks.”
Maris’s first place showing in the Aerospace & Defence category was a significant achievement says one expert. “With over 1,100 entries from 60+ countries, it’s an extremely difficult competition to win,” said Joe Parmberger, president of Tech Briefs Media Group,organizers of the event. The awards ceremony was held at the Shore Club in Manhattan, on the East River just a few blocks south of the United Nations.
For the awards ceremony, Maris, a former RCAF pilot, took with him a group of key Marinvent associates that included, Marie-Hélène Larose, Ludovic Laberge and Puthy Soupin and he personally piloted the company’s signature Piaggio Avanti executive aircraft on the flight down from Montreal to NYC. But Maris, a former CDR Defence Executive of the Year, has been there before, having won many other awards. Early in his career, the Canadian aerospace pioneer was instrumental in developing the TCL/ ML3TM software library which later became a global standard for electronic depiction of aviation charting information.
And, that accomplishment led directly to the development of the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology.Having shepherded an innovative new technology to market before, Maris understands full well that coming up with the idea is only half the battle.
So, getting the APM flight tested, certified and installed on aircraft will bring a whole new level of challenges. The biggest of these might relate to the mysterious nature of many plane crashes,such as those of Quebec television personality Jean Lapierre, whose plane crash was thought to have been caused by residue buildup. While safety experts are huge proponents of minimizing risks, financial departments are often less eager to allocate funding unless they are pushed.
Maris’s other challenge will be tacking the dual nature of the Air Flow Performance Monitors, which might also have special use for UAVs, which by definition don’t have pilots in them that can visually monitor wing’s surfaces, or detect build-up on them.That said, the former RCAF test pilot and chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada remains optimistic.
“Marinvent has picked up numerous prizes over the years, but this one is special because the technology has the potential to save lives,” Maris told CDR. “The fact the experts are starting to recognize that provides us with a great start.”
CDR will continue to follow this aerospace executive, inventor and aviation pioneer as his company looks to develop this critical technology in the New Year so stay tuned to this space.