Galen Deeds, A320neo Engineering Program Manager for GE Aviation
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.
September 17, 2013
As a licensed pilot with nearly 1,000 hours experience at the controls, he is currently part of a timeshare for a Diamond D42 Twin Star aircraft based in the Cincinnati, Ohio area – which he flies approximately five or six hours per month.
Some of his highlights as a pilot include an annual trip to New York City where he and his wife fly to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and then ride into the city to celebrate their anniversary. “It’s a different way to travel,” Deeds added. “We are in Times Square having lunch about 25 minutes after we land.”
In addition, Deeds says he also flies to the EAA Airventure Oshkosh in Wisconsin every year, navigating the busy air traffic to join other aviation enthusiasts for this event – which is one of the largest air show gatherings in the world.
Deeds first obtained his pilot’s license in 2003, but his passion for aviation extends back to his childhood. After serving in the U.S. Army, he turned this interest into a career, joining Rockwell International to work on the engine nacelle for the B-1B bomber – which is equipped by the F101 engine provided by Nexcelle parent company GE Aviation. Later, he spent 19 years in various engineering and managerial roles with an airline, before joining GE Aviation in 2005.
Now, he brings his experience and passion to GE Aviation as the Engineering Program Manager for the company’s role on the A320neo (new engine option) jetliner’s nacelle.
GE Aviation has A320neo nacelle production responsibilities as a result of its relationship with Aircelle (Safran) in the Nexcelle joint venture. Aircelle was selected by Airbus in 2011 to provide the complete integrated nacelle package on A320neo Family aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP engines, and brought GE Aviation into its industrial team for this program.
“When you combine the resources of both Aircelle and GE Aviation, it’s really one of those cases where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole,” he said.
Deeds enjoys the challenge of bringing together GE Aviation’s 16 engineering sites with Aircelle’s resources. “My job is really facilitating that partnership with my colleague on the Aircelle side,” he added. “To come together and build for the A320neo what we believe will be one of the best nacelles in the world.”