CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GENERAL AVIATION RESEARCH (CGAR)
To enhance aviation-related research, education, technology transfer and utilization in mission critical areas; to respond to the research interest and needs of the aviation industry through synergistic relationships developed between academia, industry and government.
Criteria of success:
The ability of the Center to provide national leadership in making contributions of air transportation problems.The ability to disseminate results through a continuing education program.
The ability to create self-sufficiency so the Center is not reliant upon funding support from the Federal Aviation Administration.
NIAR became a core member of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR) in April 2001. Participating universities include Wichita State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The University of North Dakota, Florida A & M University and University of Alaska. ERAU is the lead university and handles the management of the organization. NIAR has a leadership role in composite materials and crashworthiness in this Center. However, all universities are viewed as equal contributors to research activities.CGAR’s industry partners include but are not limited to: Aeroshell, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Frasca, Goodrich, Jeppesen, Lancair, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Sun Microsystems. The combination of the research facilities allows a diverse group of capabilities, including use of wind tunnels, non-destructive testing, propulsion labs, crash towers, fire analysis, safety, CAD/CAM, human factors labs and a variety of large fleet aircraft and maintenance hangars.Research topics at any of CGAR’s facilities are assigned by the FAA, and joint projects are initiated by a team lead or project investigator. The ability to work together enables CGAR’s participating universities to conduct research that they would otherwise be unable to do by themselves.
John S. Tomblin, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NIAR
Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering, WSU