Nondestructive inspection is a critical component in both the initial production of and continued airworthiness of composite structure and components. The advanced composite materials discipline also addresses personnel qualifications, specifications and standards, reliability, training, research and development. This is equally true for inspection personnel as well as maintenance/repair technicians.
The nondestructive inspection discipline involves inspections, tests and evaluations that may be applied to a structure or component and in aircraft maintenance is typically used to determine integrity and airworthiness. Qualifications of personnel performing these tests are critical in that, both the performance of tests and the interpretation of results require skill and must be accomplished by trained personnel. They must know the applications and limitations of the various nondestructive testing methods to locate defects in aircraft structure and components.
Senior Technical Specialist – Russell (Rusty) Jones