Boeing, CDI sign helicopter deal

Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:23 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- CDI-Aerospace of Pennsylvania will provide engineering services for CH-47 helicopters, V-22 Ospreys and other aircraft under a three-year deal with Boeing.

The design and analysis engineering support will be provided to Boeing divisions and across a wide variety of engineering disciplines, the company said.

Part of CDI's performance under the agreement will be done through an Engineering Design Center in Philadelphia, recently created by CDI-Aerospace in partnership with Drexel University.

CDI and Boeing engineers will work directly with Drexel engineering students through Drexel's cooperative education program, where students alternate periods of classroom study with periods of full-time, professional employment, in positions aligned with their academic interests, to carry out projects such as structural designs, software conversions and stress analysis using state-of-the-art CAD and analysis tools.

The Design Center will focus on completing engineering design tasks for key Boeing aerospace programs, including the CH-47 military helicopter, the V-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and the Boeing 787 commercial transport aircraft.

"A critical component of this award from Boeing was a commitment from CDI-Aerospace to create a network of qualified engineering teams composed of seasoned engineers and co-op students enrolled in university-level aerospace engineering programs," said Denny Vito, executive vice president of CDI-Aerospace. "As the baby boomer generation of aerospace engineers begins to retire it is essential to develop future generations of skilled professionals to design new aircraft solutions well into the 21st century."

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