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Airbus donates structural parts, kits to NIAR for research, training

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 10:58 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 10:10 p.m.

Airbus has donated aircraft structural parts and kits worth more than $800,000 to Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research for use in its research laboratories and training classes, NIAR said in a news release.

Airbus is donating an elevator for a horizontal tail and two axillary power unit (APU) change kits.

APUs are found on jet aircraft and are primarily used during aircraft ground operations for activities such as powering the air conditioning and starting the engine. The change kits have several parts that are needed to install an APU on an aircraft, such as drain lines, fuel lines and air ducts. Elevators are flight control surfaces, usually at the rear of an aircraft, which help the aircraft nose-up or nose-down during flight.

Researchers John Tomblin and Waruna Seneviratne will use the articles for composite-metal hybrid structural durability and damage tolerance research programs and advance 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,” said 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.”

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