Jonas named NIAR Environmental Test Labs director

Paul Jonas, formerly with Hawker Beechcraft, has been named director of the Environmental Test Labs and Special Programs at the National Institute for Aviation Research.

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) announced on March 23 that it has hired Paul Jonas as director of the Environmental Test Labs and Special Programs. Jonas, formerly of Hawker Beechcraft, takes over the position from interim director, John Laffen.

"Paul's knowledge of the aircraft development process and his relationships with various aircraft manufacturers and suppliers will be the key to extending the laboratories reach to additional OEMs and suppliers as well as providing a single source for these various types of testing," says John Tomblin, NIAR executive director.

As director of the Environmental Test Labs, Jonas oversees operations of the labs, which are staffed and equipped to create simulated environments for the research and testing of equipment and components for aircraft, automotive, medical and other industries to determine their susceptibility to temperature, altitude, humidity, shock, vibration, salt, fog, magnetic effects, power input, voltage spike, audio frequency, induced signals, radio frequency, icing, indirect lightning and electrostatic discharge.

With 33 years of experience in the design and certification of general aviation and military aircraft and fifteen years of leadership experience, Jonas will be pivotal in expanding the reach and capabilities of the Environmental Test Labs. One of his goals is to lead the lab in providing additional system and aircraft-level test capability.