Staff from ARA are currently at RUAG’s wind-tunnel test facility in Emmen, Switzerland as part of a European CleanSky2 project, TRUflow. This project involves testing a model of a Thrust Reverser in order to develop novel simulation and visualisation methods. The two week wind-tunnel test campaign at the Large Subsonic Wind-tunnel in Emmen (LTWE) is the culmination of three years of hard work by three teams from ARA, the University of Manchester and RUAG itself.
ARA in conjunction with the University of Bristol have an exciting opportunity for an Aerospace Testing Development Engineer. The role is focussed on the development and understanding of flexible wind tunnel models for potential aero elastic testing programmes. Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme, the successful candidate will be based at ARA in Bedford, but employed by the University. This enables links to both the industrial and academic knowledge bases. For more information on this position please visit the University of Bristol’s jobs page: Details | Working at Bristol | University of Bristol. Additional information on the KTP scheme can be found on gov.uk: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: what they are and how to apply - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
ARA was saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was the longest serving Royal Consort in history and his loss will be felt deeply by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and the Nation.
Prince Philip was a great advocate for British engineering, science and technology and visited ARA twice. In 1956 he officially opened ARA for business following its conception and construction over the previous 4 years. With his lifelong passion for innovation he returned again in 2002 to commemorate ARA’s 50th anniversary.
Hot on the tail of the rescheduled 2021 Sir John Charnley Lecture 'Confessions of a UAV Entrepreneur' we have our April virtual lecture 'Human Factors (HF) Errors and Design' which looks to be a fantastic insight into the world of Human Factors Engineering, find the lecture details below.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson visited Aircraft Research Association’s charity Christmas lights display on 17 December and awarded main prizes to two teams – Project Management and Design & Manufacturing.
ARA is proud to confirm three members of staff have been nominated by BAE Systems for the ‘Chairman’s Award for Innovation’ (CAI) in recognition of high performance during recent collaborative transonic wind tunnel test work. David Roberts and Luke Horner are nominated for the Team Tempest initiative to develop a next generation combat air system and Andrea Ciarella for collaborative work on the Turkish Aerospace TF-X fighter programme where BAE Systems is a design partner.
ARA is proud to announce that two members of staff have successfully worked towards professional engineering registration. Luke Horner and Aaron Cherry have patiently completed the application process for Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician respectively.