Collaboration Between Monarch Aircraft Engineering and Cranfield University Grows

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

A visit from the senior management team of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited to Cranfield University in Bedfordshire showcased the growing collaboration between the two organisations. Monarch Aircraft Engineering has recently become 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.”

A visit from Monarch Aircraft Engineering to Cranfield showcased the growing collaboration between the organisations. Pictured, left to right, are: Andy Pyne (Head of IT), Jim Angus (Commercial Director for the IVHM Centre, Cranfield University), David Major (Head of Property & Facilities), Lee Burgess (Head Of Engineering), Mark Harris (Head of Business Improvement and Support Services), Dean Giles (Head of Learning & Development), Neil Croxford (Head of Compliance & Safety Management), Hayley Moore (Head of HR), Andy Mackay (Head of Maintenance), Matt Castle (Head of Finance), Chris Dare (Managing Director) and Sir Peter Gregson (Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University).