The AirCraft Company and NIAR Announce a new partnership for the future of aviation.
Wichita, 22 March 2023
Following the launch of the hybrid-electric SY30J Pangea 30 aircraft, The AirCraft Company (www.TheAirCraftCompany.org) and Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) will collaborate in the development of the Pangea family: a new class of hybrid-electric regional airliners and its associated technology.
This collaboration provides the AirCraft Company access to skilled aerospace engineers and researchers and multiple specialized R&D laboratories, for rapid development of the Pangea family.
The partnership of these two entities reinforces the recent “Power of Kansas” campaign launched by The AirCraft Company, highlighting the strength of the state to address the future of sustainable aviation.
About The AirCraft Company
The AirCraft Company, located in Wichita, Kansas, is developing the Pangea family of hybrid-electric regional airliner with design goals to:
- Significantly reduce in direct operating cost,
- Be able to operate from short runways so as to connect unserved communities,
- To improve access to people with reduce mobility, and
- Have zero to low greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions.
The first airplane model for the Pangea family will be the 30-seater SY30J.
The Power of Kansas campaign: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mario-asselin-28b43423_ the-power-of-kansas-if-you-have-ever-driven-activity-7035240110375792641-wqTV?utm_ source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University is the most capable university-based aviation research center in the U.S., providing research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation, defense, manufacturing and related industries. NIAR has a $217 million annual budget, a staff of 1,100 and nearly two million square feet of laboratory and office space in six locations across the city of Wichita, the Air Capital of the World. Areas of expertise include Additive & Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Coatings; Aerodynamics; Ballistics and Crash Dynamics; Composites and Advanced Materials; Digital Twin; Environmental and Electromagnetic Test; eXtended Reality; Flight Simulation; Full-Scale Structural Test; Non-Destructive Test; Sustainment; Reverse Engineering; Robotics/Automation and Virtual Engineering. NIAR is a department within the division of Industry and Defense Programs at Wichita State. www.niar.wichita.edu
About Wichita State University
Wichita State University is Kansas’ only urban public research university, enrolling almost 22,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.
Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.
The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.
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