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NIAR partners with national group to develop training for technical workers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.

The National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University is partnering with RTCA, formerly known as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, to develop and conduct training for the organization.

The training will focus on the testing standards for equipment installed on aircraft to ensure that performance characteristics meet aircraft certification requirements, the NIAR said.

The Environmental Testing for Airborne Equipment course will cover the requirements needed for minimum standard environmental test conditions and the corresponding test procedures for airborne equipment defined by an RTCA document, which pertains to the entire spectrum of aircraft, including general aviation, helicopters and large commercial airliners.

The four-day training class was developed for systems, hardware design and test engineers and certification specialists, the NIAR said.

“Providing training is an important part of what RTCA does to support the development and implementation of global aviation standards,” Margaret Jenny, RTCA president, said in a statement. “We are excited to team with the experienced experts at WSU-NIAR to offer this new training course.”

The NIAR’s staff has been working within RTCA guidelines to conduct testing for years, Paul Jonas, director of the NIAR’s environmental test labs, said in a statement.

The initial course will be offered Sept. 15-19 at RTCA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

RTCA is a nonprofit association founded in 1935. It is a public-private partnership for developing consensus among sometimes competing interests on critical aviation issues.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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