Airbus donates composites equipment to NIAR

Airbus has donated aircraft structural parts and kits to the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) worth more than $800,000 for composite-metal testing.

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Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR, Wichita, Kan., USA) reported on Dec. 18 that Airbus has donated aircraft structural parts and kits worth more than $800,000 to NIAR for use in its research laboratories and training classes. Airbus donated an elevator for a horizontal tail and two APU change kits.

NIAR researchers John Tomblin and Waruna Seneviratne will use the articles for composite-metal hybrid structural durability and damage tolerance research programs and advanced composites hands-on training classes that include composite fabrication, repair and testing. The advanced hands-on composite training class was first developed working with John Papadatos, head of engineering and site director of Airbus Wichita. The class has been offered for Airbus engineers three times since 2011.

“This is a prime example of the benefit of partnerships between the aviation industry and universities,” says Tomblin, NIAR executive director. “We’re grateful for Airbus’ investment in furthering aviation research and education and look forward to the existing potential in the growing partnership between Airbus and NIAR.”

“Airbus is pleased to support Wichita State University and education of the next generation of leaders in this industry,” says Barry Eccleston, president and CEO of Airbus Americas. “We already have a good partnership with WSU and are pleased they can use our donation for teaching and research.”