Engineering Design & Modification Team - National Institute for Aviation Research

Engineering Design & Modification Team

The NIAR Engineering Design & Modification Team is comprised of industry experienced engineers with over 875 years of combined experience executing Supplemental Type Certificates, aircraft modifications, instrumentation installations, new product development and production design for commercial, military, special mission and business aircraft.

Proven Experience:

  • Commercial, Military, Special Mission and Business Aircraft
  • Initial aircraft Type Certifications, STC modifications, development and production engineering
  • Compliance demonstrations and documentation for CAR 25, FAR 23/25, JAR 25 and EASA regulations
  • Field support and repairs

Complete engineering work package skillsets including:

  • Program/Project Leadership
  • Structure, systems, and tooling design and integration
  • Static strength, fatigue, and damage tolerance analysis
  • Weights and M&P



  • Experience in Sub Tier Supplier oversight/management
  • Bid and proposal generation
  • Lifecycle oversight


  • Model, part and drawing-based definition requirements
  • Enovia configuration and usage, both VPM and LCA
  • G D&T tolerancing, producibility to optimize installation, weight, cost
  • Highly-experienced in primary structure design, secondary structure design, system routing and installation and mechanical design
  • Design practices for aluminum, steel, titanium, composites
  • Manufacturing build support (tool design, NC programing, liaison engineering)
  • Aircraft flight test safety systems (emergency egress, anti-spin chute, firebane)


  • Airframe and windshield bird strike structural analysis
  • Advanced composites and metallic material strength design values development
  • Development of material and process specifications and related qualifications
  • Static loads, dynamic loads, flutter analysis
  • Static and cyclic testing on coupon, component and full scale airframe levels
  • Material review board and engineering liaison support

Dave Jones, Director, Engineering Design & Modification Team
(316) 833-4358

Wichita State University
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