FAA, Cessna select Abaris for M&R training

Program will train FAA aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair.

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Abaris Training (Reno, Nev.) has won a one-year, renewable training contract with the U.S. Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA) to train FAA aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair (M&R). Inspectors will learn basic principles of advanced structural composites to help them determine the reliability of major composite repairs in the field and monitor maintenance procedures. Classes began in June for more than 190 students and will continue through the end of this year. 

The course, entitled “Composite Awareness for the Aviation Safety Inspector,” covers topics that reflect the growing use of composite materials in commercial aircraft. Therefore, a key component of the class is familiarizing attendees with the methods used during maintenance procedures to detect hidden damage in composite structures.  Inspectors also will learn how and why repair designs and processes must meet the same performance requirements as the basic structure of the aircraft.  Course content will include in-depth coverage of M&R documentation, regulations and the airworthiness certification process.

Elsewhere, Cessna Aircraft Co. reported that it has selected Abaris as the sole approved U.S. training facility for its new Corvalis 350/400TT models. Cessna recommends each Cessna Authorized Service Center that provides structural repairs for Corvalis aircraft should have at least one technician complete coursework at an approved training facility. Abaris Training has provided training for the Corvalis, formerly the Columbia, since April 2008. The course is taught by Abaris’ instructors Corrie Volinkaty and Michael Meringolo, who previously served for six years as production managers for the aircraft when it was built in Bend, Ore.

Corvalis, the first Cessna aircraft to feature all-composite technology, presents new challenges for service technicians. The new composite repair course will provide a broader knowledge of composites and their use in new aircraft, thereby enabling safer repairs and building confidence in proper procedures. “We are proud to provide technical training for Cessna and the Corvalis aircraft,” said Michael Hoke, Abaris president. “Students will receive extensive training and personal attention in the theory and practice of structural repairs to this innovative aircraft in our classes.”