Alan Dice, Middle River Aircraft Systems’ Vice President of Programs and Product Leader – Nacelles & Thrust Reversers
Nexcelle benefits from the skills and capabilities of the employee teams at its two parent companies: Safran Nacelles and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems. The following article is part of a series of profiles on the unique personalities that are shaping Nexcelle’s role in the future of integrated propulsion systems.
May 25, 2012
As a connoisseur of wine culture, Middle River Aircraft Systems’ Alan Dice understands the significant benefits that come from a perfect pairing.
With a personal collection that exceeds 750 bottles, Dice – who serves as the company’s Vice President of Programs and Product Leader – Nacelles & Thrust Reversers – always is prepared with the right wine choice to create a “magical” combination with any dinner course.
This perfect pairing also applies to his professional activities in supporting the Nexcelle joint venture, which brings Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS) together with Aircelle as the two parent companies.
What initially began as “dabbling” in his wine interest has become a true passion for Dice, who – with his wife – now takes an annual tour of California’s famed Wine Country region to sample local favorites; and who also served as president of a wine club for four years.
Additionally, his role in supporting MRAS’ program activity for Nexcelle’s integrated propulsion systems provides regular opportunities to enhance Dice’s international wine expertise during visits to Aircelle in France.
It is during these various trips – which typically include sampling of local vintages – that Dice sees a sense of passion matching his own, and contributes to the team spirit that helps Nexcelle distinguish itself in creating smart nacelles for the future of air transportation.
Dice has been with MRAS since 1983, beginning as a toolmaker for legacy company Martin Marietta Aerospace in Baltimore. He subsequently began college studies through night classes, and went on to receive his associate and bachelor’s degrees, as well as an MBA.
In his current management position, Dice oversees all MRAS programs – making sure that each proceeds forward efficiently, and that the company is meeting customer requirements and providing a leading product.
This includes MRAS’ participation in the current two Nexcelle program wins: the LEAP-X1C jet engine for COMAC’s C919 airliner; and GE’s Passport powerplant on the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.
“I wouldn’t buy a car from someone who thinks that building a car is just a job. I want to buy a car from someone who thinks they’re building the best car in the world,” explained Dice. “It’s the same thing with a nacelle. I want to fly on an aircraft equipped with a nacelle from people that love what they do, and who think they build the best nacelle in the world – and that’s Nexcelle.”
He added: “When you get a group of individuals that are passionate about what they do, and that enjoy doing it together, you’re going to get a great product.”