Our mission is to strengthen university research capabilities; provide applied learning opportunities for students; and support the aviation and manufacturing industries – while driving innovation and prosperity for the community, region and state.

NIAR Fast Facts graphic: $350+ million yearly R&D, 1,200 employees, 2+ million square feet, 6 locations, established in 1985
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Your designs need validation. That’s where we come in. Whether it’s a material, component, system or full airframe – we'll test it, blast it, crash it and take it to its limits. We can even scan it, digitize it and print it. We work with certification agencies to prove compliance and help when design issues arise. Our experience with countless unique projects brings in a fresh perspective, and our capabilities, technology, and expertise are unlike that of any other test lab. Bring us your test plans – you’ll get results.


NIAR Training 

NIAR offers a wide range of training opportunities. Check out what we have to offer.

Research Centers

NIAR’s centers promote the safety, research, manufacturing and design elements of today’s aviation industry. They strengthen airworthiness assurance in the short and long term. They make the concerns of the general aviation industry their own. And they make dreams of composite-made airplanes reality. This happens not only through NIAR’s own research, but through the exchange of knowledge with researchers in other centers.

Research Centers
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Contact Us

National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount St., Wichita, KS 67260-0093 

Ph: (316) 978-6427
Ph Toll-Free: 1 (800) NIAR WSU 
F: (316) 978-3175