A4A/SAE Better Way Award Honors Composite Structure Inspection Training Program

A4A congratulates this year’s winning team for their innovative approach toward improving the aircraft inspector training… – Billy Nolen, A4A Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations

Airlines for America(A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, and SAE International, the ultimate knowledge source for mobility engineering, jointly presented the 15th annual “Better Way Award” at the recent Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Forum to a team comprising members from Sandia National Laboratories, the FAA, Delta Air Lines, NORDAM, and NDT Solutions, Inc. for furthering the science and efficacy of nondestructive testing.

Recognizing the increasing use of composite materials for airplane structure, the FAA’s William J. Hughes Techincal Center convened industry experts from Original Equipment Manufacturers (e.g. Boeing, Airbus, and Bombardier), airlines, and other industry stakeholders to develop improved training curricula for inspectors. The effort assures better training and incorporates physical specimens for hands-on experience.

Members of the 2017 “Better Way Award” team include Russell Jones and David Westlund of FAA; John Bohler, Robert Hager, Alexander Melton of Delta; Stephen Neidigk, Tom Rice and Dennis Roach of Sandia; Daryl Graham and Jeff Harper of NORDAM; and Larry Culbertson of NDT Solutions.

“A4A congratulates this year’s winning team for their innovative approach toward improving the aircraft inspector training, while further strengthening the U.S. airline industry’s world-class aviation safety record,” said Billy Nolen, A4A Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations. “Working in partnership, this team of industry leaders reflects our commitment to utilizing the latest cutting-edge technology and innovation through all phases of flight to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience for the 2.2 million customers who fly on U.S. airlines every day.”

The A4A NDT Forum is marking its 60th year at a four-day conference held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where industry leaders are meeting to discuss current trends, issues and successes in NDT methodologies. The event features a number of presentations on achievements and lessons learned about technologies that help ensure the life and…

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