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Flight testing professional addresses City’s aeronautical engineering students

Edward Bigus, Aircraft Performance Manager at Air New Zealand, delivers a guest lecture from New Zealand about his work as a flight test engineer on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

On 15th April 2016, Part 3 Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering students on the Aircraft Reliability and Safety course (AE3311) had the unique opportunity to listen to a guest lecture delivered by Ed Bigus, Aircraft Performance Manager at Air New Zealand. It was facilitated by Dom Pates of the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) department, using Adobe Connect technology.

Aviation student holds up her phoneBigus, a performance engineer and flight test manager who has worked with several airlines and aerospace companies including Honeywell, Emirates Airlines and Boeing, spoke to students about certification and flight testing for aircraft in general with specific reference to the Boeing 787. He illustrated his lecture with several videos which demonstrated adverse weather condition, temperature and speed tests which an airliner must undergo in order to be certified.

Dream come true

The students attending the session, keen to be employed in the aerospace industry, were very attentive and asked many questions.

Senior Lecturer, Dr Ivan Sikora said:

“Ed delivered a fantastic session and it was a dream come true for us to deliver knowledge enriched with real-life examples and experiences. In addition to having reflected on the material covered, he also inspired the class through his example as an aviation industry professional. We could not have asked for more”.

For Dr Sikora and this engineering course, new ground has been broken:

“We thought we would be adventurous and try something new in delivering a guest lecture from New Zealand on the other side of the globe, with an eleven-hour time difference. Fusing the audio and video experience makes a difference to the way we deliver course material. It certainly makes it more lively!”

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Aerospace industry

The aerospace industry deals with travel in and above the Earth's atmosphere and with the production of vehicles used in such travel.

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