AEDC National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex: One of a kind, ready for future testing

By Deidre Ortiz, AEDC/PA

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. — The National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, managed and operated by AEDC, remains the world’s largest aerodynamics test facility and, because of its large size, has a wide range of testing capabilities that are unmatched by any other facility of its kind.

NFAC, a geographically separated unit located at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., is primarily used for determining the aerodynamic characteristics of large-scale and full-scale fixed wing, rotorcraft and powered-lift vertical and short take-off and landing aircraft. Additionally, it has the capability to perform other non-traditional types of wind tunnel testing on test articles as varied as wind turbines, parachutes and long-haul trucks.
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Engineer preps item for testing at AEDC National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Image 161011-F-0000U-001: AEDC instrumentation engineer Dan Pruyn works on the Tiltrotor Test Rig in preparation for a test in the 40-foot by-80-foot wind tunnel at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, the AEDC wind tunnel testing site located in California. The test of the TTR is a project sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. TTR is a horizontal axis rig and rotates on the test section turntable to face the rotor into the wind at high speed, or fly edge-wise at low speed (100 knots), or at any angle in between. It is designed to accommodate a variety of rotors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jeffrey Johnson)

Technical Advisory Board visits AEDC

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. — Dr. Doug Garrard, AEDC senior staff engineer, explains testing operations in the Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit at the Complex to members of the National Aerospace Solutions, LLC Technical Advisory Board Sept. 9, 2016. APTU is a blow-down, true temperature and pressure test facility designed for testing the performance, operability and durability of supersonic and hypersonic missile scale flight system hardware including propulsion systems and materials. The NAS TAB members toured several test facilities with the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contractor. Pictured left to right is Dr. Wesley Harris, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Krishan Ahuja, with Georgia Institute of Technology; Garrard; Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, NAS technical director; Dr. Edward White, Texas A&M University; and Doug Pearson, NAS deputy general manager. (U.S. Air Force photo/Holly Peterson)

NAS Assumes Performance of Test Operations and Sustainment at AEDC

Contact: Kathy Gattis, 931-454-7723

Arnold Engineering Development Complex is nation’s most advanced ground test facility

ARNOLD AFB, Tennessee, July 1, 2016 – National Aerospace Solutions, LLC today assumed performance of ground test operations of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee and facilities in Maryland and California.
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NAS Update: NAS Holding Small Business Event in Manchester

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Small business owners interested in future contracting opportunities with National Aerospace Solutions (NAS), the new contractor at Arnold Engineering Development Complex in charge of the Test Sustainment and Operations (TOS) contract can find out more at a free small business outreach event at the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center June 22 from 9-11:30 a.m. In cooperation with the local chambers of commerce, the local Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Small Business Development Center, NAS wants to describe the process of doing business with the company at AEDC, as well as meet and share ideas with local business leaders.
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NAS Update: Offer letters continue; Small business outreach event scheduled

June 19, 2016 — The majority of the non-union offer letters have been sent to candidates selected for employment with National Aerospace Solutions under the new Test Operations and Sustainment contract.

The letters were sent to the email address that candidates provided when applying for positions. To complete the hiring process, please follow the instructions contained in the email offer.
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