Aviation Week's Aircraft Composite Repair Management Forum included good discussion and some lively debate on composite structures maintenance, data needed to repair those parts and what training/competency standards, if any, are needed.
At the end if the forum, Arne Lewis, associate technical fellow, 787 service engineering for Boeing, suggested that more MROs should attend the Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC).
CACRC is an open forum comprised of airlines, OEMs, regulatory agencies, MROs, scientists and trainers that operates under the premise that unified industry composite repair processes benefit the whole industry.
Lewis said that not many MROs participate, and those which do--such as Lufthansa Technik and Delta TechOps--are linked to airlines. He applauded their continuing contributions but said it would be nice to have other MROs attend the meetings, too.
So MROs, this is your chance! Lewis said CACRC "make things happen," so if you want to help influence this side of the business, consider attending the next meeting, which is Oct. 24-25 in Cologne, Germany.