- January 27, 2010, 9:13 AM
An online composites maintenance technology course begins March 1 and is hosted by Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Wichita Area Technical College through the National Center for Aviation Training. The course, sponsored by the FAA, focuses on critical composite materials maintenance and repair safety issues, according to NIAR. Students will learn principles of composite materials technology, including composites repair and maintenance and associated safety issues. Subjects covered include overview of composites technology, damage detection and repair processes. The course costs between $950 and $1,174, depending on whether credit hours are needed, and requires a 70-hour commitment during an eight-week period. After taking the composites maintenance technology course, students can opt to learn more at a three-day hands-on lab, for an additional cost of between $1,000 and $1,224. Charles Seaton, who has more than 30 years’ experience in aircraft design, manufacturing and modification, developed and will teach the online course.