PAMA, SAE begin composites repair certification

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and the SAE Institute will begin development of technical certifications for the repair of aerospace composite materials.

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and the SAE Institute will begin development of technical certifications for the repair of aerospace composite materials.

The certification programs will be created through standards developed by SAE International’s Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC). In addition, PAMA/SAE Institute will convene a Program Design workshop to achieve industry consensus on the focus and depth of the certification program.

“This program is particularly important because composites have evolved from usage solely in secondary applications to primary structure applications,” said Brian Finnegan, SAE Institute director of professional certification. “It is essential that manufacturers, operators and repair centers all work to the same standards.”

The program development process will take place with a series of virtual meetings followed by a facilitated workshop at the CACRC’s semi-annual meeting in April. Following completion of the Program Design efforts, PAMA/SAE Institute will confirm stakeholder support and begin the certification development process.

“This historic certification effort will have international industry visibility and it will require broad industry support from stakeholders and subject matter experts alike,” said Finnegan. “We invite all professionals interested in participating in this development process to contact PAMA.”

Information: Visit www.pama.org.