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University is fundraising for a replacement aircraft

Cranfield University has been awarded a grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation (ISTAT Foundation). This grant is to assist the University in the replacement of its ageing Jetstream 31 with a Saab 340b aircraft.

The University has been fundraising for a replacement aircraft for its National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC), which operates from Cranfield’s global research airport.

The NFLC provides aerospace engineering students from universities from all over the world and Cranfield with flight test experience as a flying classroom.

Professor Helen Atkinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing) at Cranfield University, said:

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the ISTAT Foundation and indeed all the others who have given so generously to the fundraising campaign so far.

“From alumni to current students and from industry partners to other universities we hear just what a global asset the National Flying Laboratory Centre is.

“While we have made great strides with generous donations we still have a little way to go to equip our new Saab 340b with the technology that will inspire and educate the next generation of aero-engineers as our long-serving Jetstream 31 has done.”

Being larger than the Jetstream 31, the Saab 340B will allow the NFLC to accommodate more students on each flight and create new research capabilities, including potentially in collaboration with other international universities.

The flying laboratory also undertakes research projects testing the development of aerospace technologies and flight operations.

The University said that further funding is needed to complete the modifications of the aircraft to support the next generation of global aero-engineers. To donate to Cranfield’s new flying classroom and laboratory campaign visit New NFLC.