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Cessna Aircraft Co. has chosen Abaris Training as the sole approved training facility in the United States for its new Corvalis 350/400TT models.
To provide structural repairs for Corvalis aircraft, Cessna recommends that at least one technician in each Cessna Authorized Service Center complete coursework at an approved training facility.
Abaris Training has provided training for the Corvalis, formerly called Columbia, beginning in April 2008 and is the only U.S. facility approved by Cessna for the aircraft. The course is taught by Abaris instructors Corrie Volinkaty and Michael Meringolo, who served as production manager for both Columbia and Corvalis in Bend, Ore., for six years.
Corvalis, the first Cessna aircraft to feature all composite technology, presents new challenges for service technicians. Techniques of repair and maintenance for advanced composite materials differ from those used for metal construction.The new composite repair course will provide a broader knowledge of composites and their use in new aircraft, thereby allowing 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.”
Abaris has also won a one-year, renewable training contract with the Federal Aviation Administration to train FAA aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair.
Inspectors will learn basic principles of advanced composite structures to help them determine reliability of major composite repairs in the field and monitor successful maintenance of aircraft. Classes for more than 190 students will begin in June and continue through the end of 2009.
Repair and maintenance of modern aircraft such as the Boeing 787, the Hawker 4000, and many others that use composite materials in primary structures, require detailed knowledge and techniques in a rapidly evolving industry.
Topics covered in the course, “Composite Awareness for the Aviation Safety Inspector,” reflect the growing use of composite materials in not only interior panels and control surfaces but also wings and fuselages.
For example, a key component of the class is familiarization with methods used to detect hidden damage in composite structures as part of maintenance procedures. Inspectors will also learn how and why repair designs and processes must meet the same performance requirements as the basic structure of the aircraft. Documentation, regulations, airworthiness and certification topics will be covered in depth. Abaris has a 26-year history of providing effective training to high standards. “We have been using the services of Abaris composites training for many years at MidCoast Aviation and appreciate their hands-on personal training methods,” said Bill Kener, composites supervisor, MidCoast Aviation. “Eighty percent of our composite shop technicians have attended numerous courses with continued benefits to their personal skill level and their ability to apply those skills for the benefit of (our) shop.”
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