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.
Lufthansa Technik has expanded its composite workshop at its airframe related components (ARC) facility in Hamburg, Germany, to handle repairs of large composite components. The company installed a new autoclave featuring a five-meter (16.3-foot) interior diameter, and this allows curing of the largest jet engine fairings, flaps and radomes using heat and pressure.
Resorting to worn-out business-speak to describe the merits of any new aircraft program has become customary, but Trans States Holdings president Rick Leach’s description of the Mitsubishi MRJ as a “game-changing regional jet” might actually apply this time.
The FAA has awarded a one-year renewable contract to Abaris Training to train its aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair. The course, “Composite Awareness for the Aviation Safety Inspector,” reflects the growing use of composite materials in interior panels, control surfaces, wings and fuselages.
Spectrum Aeronautical sister company Rocky Mountain Composites completed a test article version of the all-composite S.40 Freedom midsize jet fuselage at its Spanish Fork, Utah manufacturing facility. The fuselage manufacturing demonstrator (FMD) is the first of a series and was built as a single piece using co-cured carbon/polymer material, also known as the company’s FibeX process.
German aerostructures specialist Premium Aerotec (Hall 1 Stand E197) has signed a contract with Airbus to provide the fuselage structure for the European manufacturer’s new A350XWB. The structures are for the floor and aft pressure bulkhead, adding to existing work it has to build forward section elements and aft side shells. The work is worth a total of approximately $500 million, said the EADS subsidiary.
Spectrum Aeronautical sister company Rocky Mountain Composites has completed a test article version of the all-composite S.40 Freedom midsize jet fuselage at its Spanish Fork, Utah manufacturing facility. The fuselage manufacturing demonstrator (FMD) is the first of a series and was built as a single piece using co-cured carbon/polymer material, also known as the company’s FibeX process.
Two weeks ago Lockheed Martin flew its Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) testbed from Palmdale, California. Test pilots Rob Rowe and Joe Biviano took the ACCA through a series of airspeed, stability and control tests to bring Phase II of the program to a successful conclusion.
Bombardier Aerospace has tapped the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University to provide material and structural testing and certification for the new Learjet 85. NIAR will be involved in FAA certification of the all-composite midsize twinjet, ranging from small coupon sample testing to structural certification of full-scale components.
Sherwin-Williams has developed a flexible epoxy-based putty designed for aerospace applications such as filling rivets, seams and spot repair areas on aircraft exteriors. Drying time for the new Fill Bond putty is two to six hours, significantly faster than the typical six to eight hours for competing products, according to Sherwin-Williams.