Aviation Administration (FAA) is a primary supporter of
NIAR and continues to show that though its designation of three
Centers of Excellence. These centers include the FAA
Center of Excellence for General Aviation, the FAA
Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence and the Air Transportation Center of Excellence
for Composites and Advanced Materials. Its support of these
programs gives NIAR the ability to conduct a variety of research
projects within its facility.
recognition of these three centers of excellence is
of great importance
to NIAR. The Excellence in Aviation
designation alone is a highly competitive, non-monetary
award presented annually to individuals and/or institutions
following an evaluation of documentation which clearly
shows how their past research benefits the aviation
NIAR continues to set new records for their contributions
to the aviation industry. NIAR's
to partner with
industry, academia and government has made it a model
for cooperative aviation research in all of its 15 laboratories.
The NIAR/Industry/State (NIS) research program was created by the Kansas State Legislature in 2004 to support the efforts of Kansas aviation manufacturing industry to compete in the global technological environment.</font></p>
While this research program is operated through NIAR, all research projects are identified and selected by an executive committee composed of representatives from The Boeing Company, Bombardier/Learjet, Cessna Aircraft Company, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems. WSU’s associate vice president for research, the executive director of NIAR and the dean of the College of Engineering serve in a project management capacity.
In its first year, the program received $1 million in funding, which supported 10 research programs. The second (FY04) and third (FY05) were funded by the Kansas State Legislature in the amount of $2 million.
In 1994, the NASA Advanced General Aviation
Transport Experiment (AGATE) program was established
to help revitalize the general aviation industry. The
primary goal of the eight-year program was to revitalize
General Aviation in the U.S., including all non-government
and non-commercial aircraft.
in this challenge was the creation of a Small
System (SATS) that would replace
short-automobile trips for both private and business
transportation needs. In this regards, the team’s
goal was to create a safer aircraft and more efficient
flight systems for the next generation of single-engine/single-pilot
the end of the project, the AGATE Alliance team was
awarded the “Turning Goals into Reality
than 70 industry partners, researchers from several
universities and federal researchers from NASA
and the FAA participated in the program. Many NIAR
contributed to the research effort, including Structures,
Composites and Advanced Materials, Crash Dynamics
and Aircraft Icing.
NIAR’s National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) also
plays a role in NASA’s
goal of developing a cost-effective way of qualifying
composite materials by sharing central material
qualification databases. The Military Handbook
17 is one of the databases
formed through the AGATE program. Through these
shared databases, a manufacturer can select an
material system to fabricate parts and perform
a smaller subset of testing to a specific application.