Cranfield’s ‘Flying Classroom’ operational as Starling completes modification programme

While Starling Aerospace is best known for providing cabin interior solutions for the commercial, business and private aviation industries, its team of specialists recently completed a project that will benefit the next generation of aerospace engineers.

Working in partnership with Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC), Starling has completed a six-month programme of modification and re-certification of all 35 seats in the NFLC’s Saab 340B ‘Flying Classroom’ aircraft.

The aircraft is the latest educational asset to join the university’s fleet and required a bespoke solution for the fitment of computer tablets and other equipment to each seat-back of the classroom cabin.

Starling was responsible for the complete design, fabrication, modification, re-certification and installation process, which provides aerospace engineering students from over 20 universities with invaluable flight test experience as part of their research studies.

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