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Peter Curtis - Chief Technical Officer

Peter has been working as an aerodynamicist in the aircraft industry since the mid-1980s. His background is in propulsion integration and V/STOL aircraft, and he has researched the issues of designing intakes that are efficient both in the hover and at supersonic speeds, and the particular problems associated with exhaust flows for V/STOL, such as the suck-down in ground effect and exhaust gas ingestion. The research and concept studies work led to more formal project studies, including a spell on secondment to McDonnell Douglas in the USA. The culmination of this project work was a heavy involvement in the hot gas ingestion aspects of the F-35B JSF. Peter also led the intake re-design for the Nimrod MRA4 aircraft, and was involved in propulsion integration issues for the Harrier for nearly 25 years.

Peter’s research and project work was achieved using a combination of experimental and numerical methods, including low and high speed wind tunnels and specialist V/STOL rigs. Peter was also responsible for introducing CFD methods to the design of intakes and ducts at British Aerospace. He is a co-author of a book on VSTOL aerodynamics and a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, in addition to authoring a number of journal and conference papers.

In his current role, Peter is responsible for the maintenance of technical capability and standards throughout ARA, and for defining the internal research programmes to enhance current capabilities and develop entirely new ones.

Peter has been active in both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He currently chairs the RAeS Propulsion group and is a member of the AIAA V/STOL committee. He was technical chairman of the International Powered Lift Conference when it was last in the UK.

Peter is a keen dinghy sailor, both as a competitor at club and national events,and as a coach to young sailors starting to race.

Peter Curtis