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From Birthplace of Aviation to Future of Aviation
DAYTON -- Dayton is not just the birthplace of aviation, but it may also be the future of aviation.
"If you can model and Simulate the electrical system interface with the engine you can come up with unique and innovative ideas to save fuel on the plane and to make it run more efficiently and make it lighter," said Vic Bonneau, president of Electrical Power for GE Aviation, Systems.
The Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center is soon to be the biggest and best place in the world where engineers can simulate and test the electric systems that goes through Commercial and military aircrafts.
"Ultimately our customer ends up with an engineered product that no one else could do because we have the engineering for both that engine and the electric interface and the distribution Equipment and we can put it together in unique ways," said Bonneau.
"We can model it we can simulate it; we can learn from it and if we do happen to break it virtually we can enhance it virtually and modify it," said Epicenter program manager Derek Busboom. "What that does is it saves us a tremendous amount of time. The time to build the hardware and test it and the investment of dollars is eliminated because we can do that in the virtual world."
You know how newer cars run on electric power systems, now the same thing will be happening on aircrafts from the lights to the computers that fly the airplane. The Episcenter will create generators and controllers to electrically power the planes. This resulting in lighter more fuel efficient planes that require less maintenance.
"We fight over every little bit of fuel burning savings It's a huge battle to try make these things more efficient," said Bonneau. "If you go back 20 years ago most of the controls on an airplane or hydraulic or pneumatic not electric. Those systems work up to a point but they are high maintenance and they're quite heavy."
This center will bring about 200 jobs to the area, and for the UD students next door, this will be a huge attraction to recruit engineering students.
"On the GE side when the student comes here and he works in the laboratory and takes courses at UD when he graduates he's got a built in employment opportunity and GE on the other side has a chance to look at the student and say we want this person working for us," said Vice president of research at UD Mickey McCabe.
The Episcenter plans to have grand opening at the end of this year.
Within the next year, The FAA will designate six sites across the U.S. as future flight testing centers for UAVs. Ohio is competing with at least 22 other states. Episcenter officials hope this site will entice the FAA to choose Dayton.
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