Wichita State’s WERX Lab at NIAR receives Part 145 certificate for aircraft repair, modification


The WERX lab at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research is officially certified as a Repair Station Operator. This week the lab received its Part 145 certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

According to FAA terms: A Repair Station is any maintenance facility that has a certificate issued by the FAA under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 145 and is engaged in the maintenance, inspection and alteration of aircraft and aircraft products…. The repair station certificate is an "Air Agency Certificate" that refers to the aircraft repair services and tasks that a repair station is authorized to perform. An FAA repair station can only perform the functions necessary to inspect, repair, replace, or overhaul those aviation articles for which it has been approved.

NIAR WERX is approved for Limited Airframe and Limited Engine.

Earlier this year, the WERX Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) team received delivery of two Boeing 737 aircraft for modification. The aircraft are part of a yearlong project with Virginia-based Dynamic Aviation to modify three 737 aircraft for a special-mission program.

These are the first commercial aircraft to undergo modification in the former Boeing Air Force One modification facilities adjacent to McConnell Air Force Base.

NIAR WERX provides engineering services, aircraft modification, flight test/certification and environmental testing services. The team consists of approximately 200 engineers, 100 aircraft mechanics and 45 students.

About NIAR
NIAR provides research, testing, certification and training for aviation and manufacturing technologies. Established in 1985, NIAR has a +$125 million annual budget; 850 staff and nearly one million square feet of laboratory and office space in four locations across the city of Wichita, the Air Capital of the World. NIAR laboratories include Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Coatings, Advanced Manufacturing, Aging Aircraft, Ballistics/Impact Dynamics, CAD/CAM, Composites/Advanced Materials, Crash Dynamics, Environmental/Electromagnetic Test, Full-scale Structural Test, Nondestructive Test, Reverse Engineering, Robotics/Automation, Virtual Engineering, eXtended Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel.  

About Wichita State
Wichita State University serves as the Kansas urban-based research university, enrolling more than 15,000 students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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