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Chris Dare, Managing Director, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd, with Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University

A visit from the senior management team of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited to Cranfield University showcased the growing collaboration between the two organisations.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering has recently become a key partner in a number of the University’s leading research and teaching centres, including the newly announced Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) and the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

As part of its commitment to working with Cranfield, Monarch Aircraft Engineering has signed up as a founding member of DARTeC, and will give a £1 million in-kind contribution, as part of the development of the centre.

Announced last year, DARTeC is a new £65 million centre at Cranfield University which will spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology. Once constructed, DARTeC will provide research facilities unprecedented in Europe.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering has also signed up to be a member of Cranfield University’s IVHM centre until 2023. The IVHM Centre at Cranfield is a core part of the University’s aerospace capability and through-life engineering services, helping businesses with commercialisation, reducing time-to-market and combining technology, business and technology transfer solutions.

Chris Dare, Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, said: “As a leading aircraft maintenance provider, it’s crucial that we continually invest to ensure our offering remains at the forefront of the industry.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with such a renowned institution as Cranfield University, working with them to develop and deploy the latest research in aviation technology in the marketplace.”

Professor Helen Atkinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, said: “At Cranfield, we pride ourselves on our closeness to business. I’m delighted that our collaboration with Monarch Aircraft Engineering continues to go from strength-to-strength. Working in collaboration allows us to strengthen our research and educational offering, and enables us to provide facilities unparalleled in Europe.”

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A visit from Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd to Cranfield University showcased the growing collaboration between the two organisations

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Aerospace at Cranfield

At the forefront of aerospace technology for over 60 years, Cranfield takes a practical and holistic approach right across the business of flying. We bring together aeronautical engineering, materials and manufacturing with expertise in aviation business processes and practices. We play a big part in the aerospace business sector with close commercial partnerships with Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls-Royce, to name just a few. Our varied aerospace and aviation activities are underpinned by advanced facilities, including some unique to Cranfield – from our own airport with flying laboratories and flight deck simulators to industrial-scale gas turbine engine test facilities used for performance and diagnostic studies.