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Aircraft Research Association Ltd (ARA) is Europe’s leading independent aerodynamic research company and has an enviable worldwide reputation.  We provide a key link in the aircraft development cycle by enabling manufacturers to validate and compliment computer based aerodynamic analysis.

We operate a world class Transonic Wind Tunnel (TWT) test facility, alongside a design and manufacturing unit producing fully instrumented metal models for testing, in addition to having a computational aerodynamics consultancy group.

It is therefore a stimulating and rewarding place to work – an environment where both personal and professional development are encouraged – and we have great fun doing it.

We are large enough to provide opportunities in a number of challenging areas yet small enough for you to have involvement across a range of projects and be flexible in your career, gaining broad experience. We ensure there will be numerous opportunities to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence – recognising both team and individual contributions.

If you are interested in joining us please visit the Vacancies page to see the roles we are currently recruiting and how to apply.

Our working culture reflects the ARA Values:


Communicating in an open, honest and blame free manner

Continuous Improvement

Continually looking for better, faster and cheaper ways and solutions


Displaying a belief in the business, its people, products and services

Personal Responsibility

Applying energy to motivate ourselves and others towards outstanding performance


Working together with the customer, supply chain and colleagues.

Customer Focus

Putting customer needs and expectations at the heart of all we do