Wichita State University and Erickson launch Airbus 321 P2F conversion programme

Airbus 321 P2F programme launches. Photo: Wichita University

Wichita State University’s (WSU) National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) WERX and Erickson Precision Ventures LLC have announced their first collaborative passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion program of an Airbus 321.  

In May, the organisations announced a collaborative agreement to perform as many as 24 conversions per year beginning in 2023, including modification, maintenance and engineering of the aircraft.

“The NIAR team, resources and facilities offer 321 Precision Conversions a unique opportunity to add an expansive mod centre to our portfolio of installation facilities,” said Gary Warner, Erickson Precision Ventures president. “The scale of the operations here in Wichita are truly impressive, and seeing the level of support from Wichita State University levels gives us all the confidence in the future of the programme.”

The MRO team at NIAR WERX provides production design, initial and Supplemental Type Certification, instrumentation installation, modifications and field support/repair.

“We’re thrilled to add another aircraft to the NIAR conversion portfolio,” said NIAR WERX executive director David Jones. “The agreement with Erickson Precision Ventures allows us to continue to train and prepare Wichita State and WSU Tech students for careers in aviation maintenance and engineering, while expanding the expertise and capability of the Wichita and Kansas workforce.”

In addition to full-time engineers and engineering students at WSU-NIAR, the conversion programme will involve the efforts of WSU Tech students through the Get to WERX programme. Get to WERX is an “earn-and-learn” programme that offers full-time, paid employment with NIAR WERX while progressing through WSU Tech’s Aviation Maintenance Technology programme and simultaneously earning credits towards the Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Organisational Leadership and Learning at Wichita State.

Backbone Freighter Leasing to become launch customer for KMC’s B777 conversion

Latest B777 conversion programme moves forward

 

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest americas news

US Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association scholarship programme open for applications

The US Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) has opened applications for its scholarship programme that is designed to help aspiring…

Read More

Share this story

Warnings of potential east coast US container port strikes

Talks between US ports and port worker representatives over a new labour contract have broken down this week raising the…

Read More

Share this story

Modern Logistics targets Latin American and US air cargo markets

Modern Logistics is planning to execute a two-stage strategy to enter the Latin American and US air cargo markets. The…

Read More

Share this story

Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]