Janos Virag is Director of Innovation at North American Aerospace Industries

NAAI   •   JUNE 6, 2020

Janos Virag the Director of Innovation of North American Aerospace Industries

Janos Virag brings to his new position at North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI) a wide range of expertise to his role as a training expert for aviation and other transportation.

As Director of Innovation, Virag will have a variety of responsibilities. These include the development of new recycling processes for advanced materials such as carbon fiber, as well as researching the possibilities for reuse and increasing the recycling rate. Furthermore, he will design technical work processes and efficient schedules to coordinate the various aircraft arrivals. Finally, as a training expert, he focuses on the coordination of training programs through Lenoir Community College and other institutions.

Commenting on the new position, Dr. Sven Daniel Koechler, General Manager of NAAI, said: Janos’ technical knowledge of the latest developments in aircraft manufacturing, overhaul processes, and strong training skills will be an important asset to our organization, the aircraft operators and the leasing companies we serve, he will play an integral role as we advance our new and sustainable model of aircraft recycling and its high value proposition to our clients.”

Before joining NAAI, Virag served in various roles as an aviation manufacturing instructor and manager of fabrication – Airbus 350XWB at Lenoir Community College/Spirit AeroSystems Inc.  (Kinston, NC). He taught the following topics: Manufacturing, assembly, quality control and repair techniques of carbon fiber reinforced polymers. In addition, he led direct reports on wing spar and fuselage manufacturing for Airbus 350XWB aircraft. In his role, he also educated students on production teams, leadership, workplace safety and quality practices, and provided career coaching. At the same time, Virag was also active as a manufacturing skills instructor at the college.

His career began as a locomotive maintenance manager/technical advisor for General Electric Transportation Systems in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Virag’s higher education includes associate degrees in Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology and Applied Science-Industrial Technology. He completed both courses at Lenoir Community College.  He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration Marketing from Saint Lawrence College (Kingston, ON), as well as an instructor certification from the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) and a certificate in Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations. He received the latter two from Lenoir Community College, and an FAA Private Pilot Certificate.