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September 26, 2011
Hotel Meliá Avenida América
Madrid, Spain


Last updated: September 23, 2011

Monday September 26th 2011
8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote

  • Michael Borgman, Chairman of Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC), Spirit Aerosystems Inc

    The Commercial Aircraft Composites Repair Committee (CACRC) is an SAE/International “standards” committee established in 1991. Existence of the committee is based on the premise that unification of industry composite repair methods will promote safety and reduce costs of maintenance, inspection and repair. CACRC membership is comprised of representatives from numerous fleet operators along with OEM’s, regulatory agencies, MRO’s, repair material suppliers, training providers, and research scientists. A discussion of what standards are most needed and what the impact of their implementation is. What risks exist due to absence of composite repair standards? What is the development status of CACRC composite repair standards? What roadblocks to standards implementation have been met? What areas of standards work is deemed most crucial?  How will continued expansion of composites into major primary structure effect standards needs?

9:00 a.m. Examining MRO Trends in Composite Repair
  • Elizabeth Swearingin, Principal – Technical Services, SH&E
With the increased use of composites in new and future aircraft models, many questions have arisen over what impact this will have on the MRO market. What effect will the transition away from using metallic materials have on MRO trends? How will new repair capabilities co-exist with traditional methods? What future demands will there be for the MRO market? What challenges are created for the MRO providers and are they ready to meet them? Analyzing the key changes and emerging trends.
9:45 a.m.

The Impact of Composite Materials on MRO Organizations

  • Lola Rodríguez Sevillano, Senior Manager, Structures, Workshops & Paintshop Hangar, Iberia Maintenance

The rise in utilization of composites creates major challenges for MRO organizations who will be required to repair these complex structures.  What workshop adjustments and modifications are needed?  What new inspection and tooling methods do composites demand?  A discussion of composite repair and material problems.  A look at the specialist training that MRO organizations will need to provide.  What does the future hold in terms of composite material development and how best can MRO providers manage these repair requirements?

10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Advanced Repair Technologies to Meet Future MRO Demand
  • Dr Roland Thévenin, Senior Composites Expert, Airbus
Repair technology for composites is a constantly developing field of knowledge. What are the essential elements of composite repair design that need to be understood in order to develop specialist repair technologies and strategies? What technological innovations and advances have taken place? What modifications are required in repair strategies when using this material? An explanation of repair technologies for new generation aircraft.
11:45 a.m. What are the Options? Identifying Best Practice and Optimum Repair Strategies
  • Arne Lewis, Associate Technical Fellow, 787 Service Engineering, Boeing
There is a lack of standardization over what repair, materials, and equipment to use when maintaining composites. What is the most efficient and cost effective strategy? What is the optimum method of restoring the original design without compromising structural integrity? Get the latest on these specialist processes and discuss the options that are available.
12:30 p.m. Composite Repair Technology – Bonded versus Mechanical Repairs
  • Michael Curran, Chief Engineer, Bombardier
As composite applications now more and more include primary structures, OEM's have to meet the challenges of providing repair solutions which are achievable in the field and on scheduled maintenance checks. At the same time the repair solutions have to meet the challenge from the regulatory authorities in terms of repeatability outside of a controlled manufacturing environment. We explore the type of repairs being considered and weigh-up the pros and cons.
1:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion – The Role of the OEM in Composite Repair
  • MODERATOR: Elizabeth Swearingin, Principal – Technical Services, SH&E
  • Panelists to include:
  • James Kornberg, Customer Support, Products and Business Development General Manager, Aerostructures Business Unit, Air France Industries
  • Arne Lewis, Associate Technical Fellow, 787 Service Engineering, Boeing
  • Leigh Sargent, President, ACE-Applied Composites Engineering
  • Dr Roland Thévenin, Senior Composites Expert, Airbus
Aircraft OEMs are increasing their focus on and involvement in the aftermarket. What are the reasons for this developing interest? What benefits and disadvantages will there be for others in the market sector? What does it mean for repair organizations and airlines? Would the repair regulations currently stipulated by Engine OEMs be extended by Aircraft OEMs to composite repair? Hear from the key players in this field on what this means for their business and for the MRO market as a whole.
3:00 p.m.

Impact of Composite Materials on Maintenance Costs

  • Paul Leidorf, Composite Repair Engineer, Lufthansa Technik AG

What implications does the growing use of composite material have on maintenance costs and budgets? What will be the impact of having both metallic and non-metallic repairs in new generation aircraft on maintenance charges and life-cycle costs? What future cost benefits will composites have and how can this be incorporated into maintenance planning?

3:45 p.m. Break
4:05 p.m. Ensuring a Skilled Workforce for Current and Future Requirements
  • Steve Hoy, Composite Specialist (Training), Lufthansa Resource Technical Training
  • Klaus Schmidt-Klyk, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Business Development, Lufthansa Technical Training
Composites require high quality and advanced repair techniques and technology. What training will the MRO workforce require in order to keep up with these developments? How will service providers meet these requirements and ensure that staff are qualified to the correct proficiency? Discuss training methods and how to transition the workforce to a composite replacement philosophy whilst retaining existing skills.
5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - Regulatory Repercussions of New Repair Technologies
  • MODERATOR: Klaus Schmidt-Klyk, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Business Development, Lufthansa Technical Training
  • Panelists to include:
  • Jorge Leite, Vice President Quality, TAP Maintenance and Engineering
  • Dr George Zografos, Structures Expert, EASA
What challenges do composites create for airworthiness authorities and regulatory bodies? What repercussions are there for quality control and assurance within airlines and MROs? Should specific regulations be put in place for composite repair and modifications? How do you manage the co-existence of metallic and composite repair? Hear from all those involved in the process and discuss what the future might hold.
5:45 p.m. Close of Forum and Cocktail Reception