Chris Gear

Chris is the current VP Global Engineering for GKN Aerospace and holds an MSc Degree in Aircraft Design from Cranfield College of Aeronautics, is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. With 36 years experience in the aerospace industry, Chris specialises in the design of aircraft components and ensuring products meet the customer’s technical specifications and airworthiness authorities certification requirements. He has extensive knowledge on composite and metallic materials and an in-depth knowledge of aircraft product design and manufacturing processes.

He completed his student apprenticeship at Dowty Aerospace and spent 15 years working in Engineering for Dowty on Landing Gears, Composite Propellers and Power Control Systems. In 1991 Chris joined Westland Aerostructures as Engineer in Charge leading the design on several composite structures and turboprop nacelles. In 1994 GKN acquired Westlands.

He provides the technical leadership for our engineering teams and has led them to design and manufacture GKN’s first all composite primary structure; the front and rear spars for the Airbus A400M Aircraft wings, a range of turboprop and turbofan nacelles, composite winglets and ailerons, and more recently the Airbus A350 Rear Trailing Edge Assembly. In his current role he is the VP Global Engineering for GKN Aerospace Group and holds the airworthiness authority on behalf of our customers and the authorities for all GKN design and build products.

He holds a joint patent on the design and development of a novel waffle winglet design that is manufactured in composite materials. He has links with Cranfield, Bath, and Bristol Universities and mentors students through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He also spends time supporting and developing the engineers within GKN.

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