September 10, 2010 — Seattle, Washington, USA — Computational Fluid Dynamics guru David Lednicer has joined Raisbeck Engineering's aircraft design team. He previously held a similar position at AMI (Analytical Methods, Inc), where he worked more than 20 years. Prior to AMI, he was an aerodynamicist at Sikorsky Aircraft for over five years, and a consultant to Scaled Composites and Beech Aircraft at Gemini Technologies for three years.
"David fills a critical role on our engineering team at a time when we are engaged in a wide range of aircraft performance system programs," said James Raisbeck, founder and CEO of Raisbeck Engineering. "His expertise in aerodynamic design in general, and computational fluid dynamics in particular, will help us accelerate our development schedules."
Involved with over 400 modification efforts involving general aviation, business, transport and military aircraft, and several major aircraft development programs, David's career encompasses virtually every major name in aviation-from Airbus, Bell, Boeing and Bombardier, to McDonnell Douglas, Gulfstream and, of course, Raisbeck. David helped design all of the Aviation Partners (API/APB) winglets, except the original GII. He also brought his expertise to bear on the Rutan Voyager, which flew non-stop, unrefueled, around the world in 1986.
As an AMI employee, David has collaborated on numerous Raisbeck projects, including the highly successful ZR LITE Performance Systems and Aft Fuselage Lockers for Model 31, 35, 36 Learjets. He also conducted preliminary design studies on Aft Fuselage Lockers for the Gulfstream IV and Challenger 604, and a Performance Package for Beechjet 400s.
"After working for Raisbeck as a consultant for the last 20 years," David remarked, "I am looking forward to expanding this collaboration as an employee of REI."
David earned a BSE, Magnum Cum Laude, and an MSE, both in Aerospace Engineering, at the University of Michigan. He has published numerous technical papers in professional publications, and holds a patent as co-inventor of a Helicopter Blade Airfoil. A licensed private pilot, David is a Gold Circle Member of the American Helicopter Society and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. David and his wife Anne are avid sea kayakers, cross-country skiers and world travelers.
Raisbeck Engineering continues in the tradition of its founder and CEO, James Raisbeck, to bring innovative systems and products to a broad range of business and commercial aircraft through advanced technology application to existing fleets and new aircraft. For more information, please visit www.raisbeck.com.