North American Aerospace Industries appoints director of innovation


Aircraft recycling company, North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI), has appointed  Janos Virag as director of innovation. In this role, Virag’s responsibilities will include the development of new recycling processes for advanced materials such as carbon fibre, researching reuse possibilities, and recycling rate increases. He will also design technical work processes, determine schedules for aircraft arrivals, and coordinate training programmes through Lenoir Community College in North Carolina and other entities. He brings to his new position experience as a manufacturing training professional across aviation and other transportation modes.

“Janos’ technical knowledge of the latest developments in aircraft manufacturing, overhaul processes, and strong training skills will be an important asset to our organisation, and the aircraft operators and the leasing companies we serve,” stated Sven Daniel Koechler, general manager of NAAI. “He will play an integral role as we advance our new and sustainable model of aircraft recycling and its high-value proposition to our clients.”

Directly prior to joining NAAI, Virag served in multiple roles as an aviation manufacturing instructor and manager of fabrication for the Airbus 350XWB with Lenoir Community College/Spirit AeroSystems in Kinston, NC. He provided instruction on topics including fabrication, assembly, quality control and repair techniques of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. Additionally, he managed direct reports in Airbus 350XWB aircraft wing-spar and fuselage fabrication. His role also extended to educating students on production teams, leadership, workplace safety and quality practices, as well as providing career coaching. He also served as a manufacturing skills instructor at the college.


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