Airbus and NORDAM make unique donation to Oklahoma schools

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HERNDON, VA. and TULSA, OKLA. (August 4, 2015) Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and aerospace manufacturing and repair company NORDAM have donated more than $5.9 million in flight-control surfaces known as ‘elevators’ from within the Airbus A320 and A330 family of aircraft to five Oklahoma universities and schools.

Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa Technology Center, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma each will receive the composite aircraft parts for use in research and teaching.

“Airbus is pleased to work with NORDAM to support these Oklahoma-based schools and education of the next generation of leaders in the aerospace industry,” said Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas. “Since 1997, Airbus and NORDAM have worked together to provide industry-leading aircraft products for our customers. With these donations, we now are partnering to invest in the future of aerospace.”  

According to NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried Madden, the company is a devoted corporate supporter of STEM education in the state and therefore jumped at the opportunity to join with Airbus in providing aerospace learning opportunities.

“Encouraging students to pursue STEM-related careers is the right thing to do for our business, for our region’s young people and for our state’s ongoing position as an aerospace hub,” Siegfried said.

In total, Airbus and NORDAM are donating eight elevators which have been damaged beyond economical repair during operation in airline fleets. Usually positioned at the rear of an aircraft, elevators help the aircraft ‘nose-up’ or ‘nose-down’ during flight. Because they are made of lightweight composite material, the donation offers students the opportunity for hands-on learning or research about repairs, composite degradation and more on a widely-used aerospace material.

Congressman Steve Russell, who represents the district where the Tuttle facility resides, said: “I’m excited that Airbus and NORDAM have chosen Francis Tuttle Technology Center to receive a donation of aviation equipment. Oklahoma has long been a leader in aviation, and this donation helps to perpetuate that legacy by strengthening Oklahoma’s aviation education. This is an example of the private sector partnering to improve the readiness of the workforce.”

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, eco-efficient and comprehensive family of airliners available, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. With more than 8,100 aircraft in service worldwide and a backlog of some 6,300, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities around the world.

Airbus Americas supports and sells to customers in North America and conducts engineering work for the global Airbus product line. In 2014 alone, Airbus spent approximately $16 billion with hundreds of U.S. suppliers in more than 40 U.S. states.