CACRC, CMH-17 hold joint meeting

A joint meeting of the Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC) and Composite Material Handbook 17 (CMH-17) Safety Management Working Group was held Nov. 12-16 at the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University.

A joint meeting of the Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC) and Composite Material Handbook 17 (CMH-17) Safety Management Working Group was held Nov. 12-16 at the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University (Kan.), with more than 75 members attending from the two groups.

The week began with meetings of the six existing CACRC task groups: Training, Repair Design, Repair Analysis, Repair Materials, Repair Processes, and Damage Assessment and Quality Inspection.

A meeting of the CACRC membership was also held to discuss a new task group focused on safety management and certification and to introduce a proposed charter with objectives. This new task group is an integrative group accountable to the executive steering committee, focused on primary safety initiatives promoted by the task groups and organizations external to the CACRC.

Discussions were led by CACRC chairman Mike Borgman, Larry Ilcewicz of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Charlie Seaton of Edmonds Community College, resulting in modifications to the proposed charter and objectives and the addition of two specific initiatives for consideration.

Based on membership feedback, the following was presented for approval on to the CACRC membership:

1. The new task group is to be identified as the Airworthiness Task Group (ATG).

2. The ATG is to be led by a coordinator (to be determined) and supported by initiative “champions” or leads, who are familiar with aspects of the selected safety initiatives and able to commit resources.

3. Objectives for the ATG include: a. Facilitate processes within the CACRC and its task groups that identify and prioritize significant safety and policy issues and related action items; b. Facilitate the establishment of criteria by the task group leaders, through a consensus process, to evaluate effectiveness and completeness in accomplishing CACRC overall objectives as established by the executive committee; c. Implement initiatives under the guidance and concurrence of the executive committee, in conjunction with the task groups; d. Establish consistent processes for creating universal, acceptable standards in order to reduce composite maintenance costs and improve airworthiness safety.

4. The two safety initiatives, as proposed and accepted by the CACRC membership with discussions concerning implementation details on each, are as follows: a. Update Advisory Circular 20-107A: Composite Aircraft Structure Certification and Compliance; Ilcewicz will be the lead; b. Document guidelines showing the steps involved in the substantiation of standards (design, materials and processes) for composite repair, including examples; the lead is to be identified.

Information: To view presentations given during the CACRC executive committee and general membership meetings, click here.