As well as being an integral part of the broader Cranfield aerospace strategy, the NFLC flying classroom is crucial for students, both in terms of accreditation and the quality of the student experience. It provides students from Cranfield - and 25 other universities - with a vital part of their aerospace learning.

Over the years the NFLC (using the Jetstream) has helped to foster research relationships with companies such as Rolls-Royce, BAe Systems and Airbus UK. It has also been used by specialist companies as a research platform, to test and develop new sensors, systems and trial future technologies. With the new SAAB 340B we will have even great opportunities for research projects with industry and university partners; it will also be a vital element of the Cranfield global research airport that includes our digital control tower, the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC), and the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC).

In supporting the NFLC campaign, you will help create a wide and far-reaching impact by helping us to:

  • provide a larger capacity to accommodate more students on each flight;
  • create new research capability, including potentially in collaboration with other universities;
  • enhance Cranfield’s reputation and that of its students;
  • strengthen the University’s strategic links with industry partners.