Emmanuel Drouet, Aircelle Program Manager – C919 Nacelle
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.
July 31, 2014
Emmanuel Drouet’s passion for windsurfing brings together a hobby with certain aspects of his work at Aircelle – including composite structures and aerodynamics.
Born in the French seaside town of Le Havre, which also is home to Aircelle’s headquarters and main production site, Drouet was attracted to the water from a young age. “We woke up every day with the Atlantic Ocean, and it was always a part of our lives,” Drouet explained. “I began windsurfing while in school, and when I was an apprentice at Hispano Suisa Aerostructures (an Aircelle predecessor company), we used leftover composites in creating elements for our boards and fins.”
What began as a summer leisure activity has developed into a year-round pursuit, as Drouet admits to becoming more comfortable with the cold – allowing him to windsurf in the winter, especially when Atlantic Ocean storms stir up strong waves for a “sporty” experience.
Drouet’s hobby has helped him discover many countries and cultures, including the Dominican Republic, Greece, Mauritius and Morocco. Today, it also has become a family affair, with his two children taking up an interest in windsurfing as well.
Having worked for 14 years at Aircelle, Drouet brings the same passion for windsurfing to his job – working with the Nexcelle joint venture to advance its LEAP-1C nacelle through the production and flight test phases, thereby readying this pioneering integrated propulsion system for its service entry on the COMAC C919 jetliner.