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The Princess Royal visited Cranfield University to officially open the National Flying Laboratory Centre’s new flying classroom, a specially adapted Saab 340B aircraft which will help up to 1,700 students gain invaluable flight test experience every year.

Her Royal Highness was welcomed to Bedfordshire by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Susan Lousada, and to the Cranfield campus by Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng, Cranfield University’s Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng said:

“It was an absolute honour to welcome Her Royal Highness to Cranfield University. I was extremely proud to show The Princess Royal how the University continues to be right at the forefront of developing the future of flight.

“Not only are we developing the best engineers and future aviation leaders, the innovative research that goes on at Cranfield is helping to push forward technological developments, aviation engineering and sustainability in the sector. I was delighted that The Princess Royal could see all that in person today.”

The Princess Royal had a short tour of some of the facilities at the University, seeing innovations such as the Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI), an experimental facility to rapidly develop autonomous vehicles, and infrastructure and collaborative projects with Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

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