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AUGUST 2016 14 CompositesWorld DESIGN & TESTING ABOUT THE AUTHOR David Westlund works with the Structures and Materials Group at the Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA, Atlantic City, NJ, US). He joined the FAA in 2009 and is currently the program manager for the FAA's Maintenance and Inspection Research Program. Prior to joining the FAA, he worked at Coda Bow (Winona, MN, US), which uses high-performance, aerospace-grade composites to make bows for classical stringed musical instruments, and Winona-based RTP Company, a manufacturer of thermoplastic engineered materials. Westlund received his BS in composite materials engineering from Winona State University and an MS in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University. REFERENCES 1 2 construction.cfm 3 Flyer_I.htm 4 5 6 mc=true&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title14/14cfrv1_02.tpl#0 7 8 9 document.information/documentID/99693 10 11 accelerate-aircraft-composites Another high priority for the FAA is educating the composites workforce, which is essential to continued certification efficiency and operational safety. Success here depends on FAA workforce knowledge of composites technologies. With this in mind, the FAA created Composite Manufacturing Technology (CMfgT), Compos- ites Structures Technology (CSET) and Composites Maintenance Technology (CMT) courses for its aviation safety inspectors. Courses are offered by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University 10 . FAA composites educational initiatives also include developing a course and proficiency speci- mens for airline inspectors and updating 14 CFR Part 147 compos- ites training requirements for aviation maintenance schools. NASA also is very active in composites research, and has created the Advanced Composites Consortium to develop tech- nologies and methodologies that will enable more efficient design and implementation of composites in aerospace 11 . e FAA is continuously coordinating with NASA and other government agencies to foster these developments. e advantages of building aircraft with composites — high specific strength, superior fatigue properties, damage tolerance and the absence of corrosion — continue to make composites an attractive option for aircraft designers. Along with the industry, the FAA is working hard to ensure that composite aircraft continue to soar safely through our skies. High Density Urethane Tooling Board and Core Material (800) 845-0745 • • Closed cell structure • No out-gassing • 15 standard densities • Low-to-no dust machining • Exceeds aviation flammability standards Make it Precision Board Plus New Material! Low-to-no dust! See the 22-second machining video on our website

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