Iain Gilmour Gray
Designing and building the world's largest
commercial aircraft - the Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 will be the world’s largest commercial aircraft
when it enters into service in the first half of 2006. The A380 is a full length double deck aircraft seating 550
lecture will review the progress of this exciting new product
development as it approaches first flight in early 2005. In particular, the lecture will review the innovation and
technology in the design and manufacture of the wings carried out
within the Airbus facilities in the UK.
Iain Gray, Managing Director, General Manager and Head of the A380
Wing at Airbus, will discuss the challenges behind this important aerospace
Iain Gray joined British Aerospace at Filton in 1979 following his Engineering Science
degree at Aberdeen
Working on Airbus wing
development programmes, he was involved
in the structural fatigue and damage tolerance aspects of design and
certification of the Airbus A310, A320 and A330/A340 aircraft
In 1989, Iain gained an M.Phil at Southampton University
and took over responsibility for the Aircraft Loads Department. In
1991 he was appointed Assistant Chief Aerodynamicist.
As Project Manager - International Collaboration within Business
Development, from 1993, he had responsibility for project and partner
co-operation studies in both the new generation large subsonic
aircraft and the next generation supersonic
commercial transport programme. In this capacity he was an Executive
member of the International Study Group between the major airframe
manufacturers around the globe.
Iain took over the position of Product Executive – FLA in March 1996,
where he assumed overall British Aerospace responsibility for their
part in the Future Large Aircraft (FLA) military transport programme
1997, he was appointed Director Future Programmes with additional
responsibilities for both the A3XX programme and the Legal and
Following the merger of British Aerospace
and Marconi Electronic Systems, he was appointed BAE SYSTEMS Airbus,
Director Strategy & External Affairs.
2000, as BAE SYSTEMS prepared for the new integrated Airbus
organisation, Iain took up the position of Engineering Director of
BAE SYSTEMS Airbus UK. In 2001, with the formation of the
'stand-alone' Airbus company, Iain was appointed Vice President
Engineering Integration Centre, Airbus UK.
He was appointed Managing Director & General Manager Airbus
UK/Head of A380 Wing ACMT in 2004 and also a Member of the Executive
Committee of Airbus.
is a Chartered Engineer and a Society of British Aerospace Companies
Council member and Council member and President of the
branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is married with four
children and his interests include football, walking, music and
collecting aeronautical ephemera.