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    Aircraft design company list?

    I was wondering if anyone would mind posting names of aircraft companies, small and large? I hope I'm not being a bother by posting this request; I figure that a compendium of aircraft manufacturing/design houses, small and large, might be helpful for more than just me as well. If there's already one in existence I'd appreciate a point in that direction. Thank you!

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Kitplanes publishes an annual list of manufacturers, maybe try their website.
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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    OK, good idea! Here's a few I know of... no endorsement or recommendation whatsoever implied, mine* included!

    There ought to be a few dozen more around out there and I apologize for forgetting a few that I've met. Let's add them...


    Raceair Designs
    Ed Fisher
    361 Whiteplains Place
    Gilbert, SC 29054
    330-518-8383
    raceairdesigns ~at~ hotmail.com


    Orion Technologies, LLC
    Bill Husa (360) 668-8355
    contact ~at~ oriontechnologies.net.


    DAR Corporation
    1440 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 500
    Lawrence, KS 66049
    Phone: (785) 832-0434
    Fax: (785) 832-0524
    http://www.darcorp.com


    Swift Engineering, Inc.
    1141-A Via Callejon
    San Clemente, California 92673 USA
    Phone: (+1) 949-492-6608
    Fax: (+1) 949-366-8249
    Kanna Place
    kplace ~at~ swiftengineering.com


    Aircraft Designs, Inc.
    5 Harris Court. Building S.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    jets ~at~ mbay.net
    (831)621-8760 Martin Hollman


    Scaled Composites
    HANGAR 78 AIRPORT
    1624 FLIGHT LINE
    MOJAVE, CA 93501
    (661) 824-4541 | FAX: (661) 824-4174


    mc squared design*
    690 Sunset Blvd
    Kalispell, MT 59901
    (406) 686-6760
    mc2 ~at~ cyberport.net


    deltaaerospace.com
    5494 Trans Island Av., Montreal,
    H3W 3A8, Quebec, Canada
    Tel: +1 514 800 1283
    Fax: +1 514 800 1275


    atsengineering.com
    Aircraft Technical Service
    16543 Arminta St
    Van Nuys, CA 91406
    818-786-5341


    Aerospace Resources Limited
    Bridge House
    Brighton Road
    Belmont, SM2 5SU
    United Kingdom
    Tel +44 20 8476 8650
    Fax +44 20 8770 2194
    Email info ~at~ resource.aero


    AeroNautique Aircraft Design & Analysis
    1105 Club Road
    Sherwood, AR 72120-4645
    501.834.6114 Fax: 501.834.3884
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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    EAA used to put out a cd called Aerocrafter that listed a bunch of companies. I used to love looking through the different designs. Now it's been about 10 years since, so the information on that (8th) edition is unreliable because of closed companies, new companies, LSA, and other reasons. If you can find an old copy, you might find what you're looking for.
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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    You might pick up a copy of the "World Directory of Leisure Aviation."

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Before this gets too convoluted maybe we should split the thread up between aircraft design houses and aircraft manufacturers. John's given us a great start on the designers so why don't we clarify the first post to specify "designers only" and then nuke the others (including this one). Maybe it's just me but I'm not a big fan of thread drift and this could be a really helpful topic.

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    To add some of my own;

    ZENITH Aircraft
    http://www.zenithair.com/
    Zenith Aircraft Co.
    PO Box 650,
    Mexico Memorial Airport
    Mexico, MO, 65265
    USA

    C&D Zodiac Inc.,
    Locations:
    http://www.cdaero.com/places/default.aspx

    Diamond Aircraft
    http://www.diamondaircraft.com/index.php
    1560 Crumlin Sideroad
    London, Ontario, Canada N5V 1S2

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Having just gone through this myself recently, I'd recommend getting your feet wet in a larger company first. A lot of them are hiring now or will be in the near future. As I discovered, most of the smaller and/or GA, kit aircraft companies either a) aren't hiring due to the current state of the economy, or b) won't hire people straight out of college because they want more experienced people. A personal experience with Diamond- you have to be a Canadian citizen to hire in there, if I remember right.

    Boeing, EADS North America (Airbus), Dassault, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Learjet, and Cessna are a few that are (or at least were within the past year) hiring entry-level engineers.

    Somewhere I've got a fairly extensive list of Aerospace companies...If I can find it, I'll post it.

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Potentially further complicating the list, there are also a number of companies that design mods rather than whole aircraft. They may be stand alone or part of a MRO and can be involved with some interesting projects.

    Word on the street is that Scaled Composites are hiring for the Stratolaunch project at the moment.

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Outside of Matt's post I don't see anyone having mentioned work or employment so that will be edited out later. Once I get a bit more time I'll split up the list into several subheadings or possibly, even different threads, similar to the technical references in the design section. Comments will be added to reflect the company's main thrust, be it design, prototyping, modifications, certification, etc. Since the goal of the thread and original post seems to be services, specific airframe manufacturers who have set product lines will be omitted. We can list those elsewhere but there are other sites that already have a compendium so we don't ned to recreate it here.
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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Some of these may offer some interest, many are offshore. http://www.pilotfriend.com/experimen...craft_list.htm

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Interesting compilation - Autoreply has already started a thread with aircraft specific information so we really don't need to do multiple threads for the same thing. Unfortunately this site is pretty useless since none of the products are listed with contact information so anyone with interest would have to dig further to track down the company or individual, assuming of course they're still in business. If you want a better listing, this one includes links directly to the source: http://newaircraftguide.com/
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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    Well I actually am also applying/looking for work (graduating in spring) as an industrial designer, so a list of companies would be helpful in that respect. I imagine several others might be in the same boat. That website you linked to is really useful, but don't discount putting in airframe manufacturers, that sort of knowledge is useful for a lot of different things; at the very least it's good for inspiration. You could at least link to websites with regularly updated lists.
    Last edited by Inverted Vantage; February 18th, 2012 at 06:05 AM.

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    Re: Aircraft design company list?

    *bump* Did I kill it?

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