Aircraft Composites: The Next Frontier
How New Materials are Forever Changing Aviation
A Webinar presented by Aviation Today

Originally Aired Thursday, November 15
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

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Composites are the most important materials to be adapted for aviation since the use of aluminum in the 1920s. The use of these miracle materials is sweeping all sectors of aviation, but the industry is still grappling with how this historic trend will change conventional ways of doing business. How will composites affect your reality – and your bottom line? That’s the overarching question that this new and exciting webinar will answer.

In this timely and informative webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How composites are transforming traditional manufacturing. What do OEMs need to accomplish, to get ready for this brave new world of aircraft construction? What can they learn from successful early adopters, such as Boeing?
  • The competitive advantages of composites. They help reduce pollution, sure, but how can they help airlines and manufacturers make money? Will the greater fuel efficiency and speed they provide eventually open up new routes for passengers – and new uses for operators?
  • The unintended hazards and dangers of composites. New technologies often bring unintended consequences. Recent concerns have surfaced about the safety of composites. How can aircraft manufacturers and operators relying on composites prepare for and cope with these safety issues? How many of these concerns are real – and how many are exaggerated? Could safety be the Achilles’ Heel of composites?
  • How composites will affect the MRO field. What do these new materials mean for mechanics and MRO procedures? For example, Boeing's next-generation, mid-range workhorse airliner, the 787, will feature more non-metals than ever before in the primary structure of a 200-plus passenger airplane – 50 percent by weight, in fact. How should maintenance professionals get ready for composites in general and the 787 in particular? Do they have the tools and training that they need? Do they have anything to fear in this new regimen?
  • Reduced overall weight, improved fuel efficiency, longer lifetime relative to fatigue performance, corrosion resistance, reduced part count, even containment capacity for a loose fan blade rotating at 2,600 rpm – composites clearly offer significant performance benefits. But why has Boeing embraced these materials at this record level for its commercial aircraft, and why now?

…and lots more!

This webinar will be of great interest for anyone in the aviation industry who’s involved in airframe manufacturing, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), airline operations – you name it. Aviation executives, engineers, mechanics, pilots, consultants, regulators, and other decision-makers of all types will want access to the up-to-date information and incisive analysis that this webinar will convey.

This webinar will examine how composite aircraft, such as Boeing’s Dreamliner 787, are revolutionizing the aviation industry, in both the military and civilian sectors. Composites are making it possible to create new aircraft that are lighter, faster and more efficient, opening up new uses and new competitive opportunities. But as they contemplate composites, many aviation insiders are unsure what the future holds.

Complicating the picture are emerging concerns about the safety of composites, underscored by recent media reports that point to unforeseen hazards, such as faster and more toxic fires in any accident that involves these materials.

You’ll hear from noted experts in the field. You’ll also be able to pose questions to these speakers during the webinar, in real time, by emailing the moderator from your computer.


Hear from these experts:

Hans J. Weber Hans J. Weber

President, TECOP International
Ramon Lopez Ramon Lopez

Editor-in-chief, Air Safety Week
Joy Finnegan Joy Finnegan

Editor-in-chief, Aviation Maintenance magazine

John Persinos John Persinos

Publisher/Editorial Director, Aviation Today


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If you are having any technical difficulties or need assistance meeting these requirements, please contact our Technical Support Center at 866-709-8255 or click here. For content questions regarding this Webinar, contact John Persinos at jpersinos@accessintel.com

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