All Aircraft: Aircraft Advanced Composites

 

    On Page 41 of PS 688, we told you about the one-stop-shop for up-to-date aviation information: the joint technical data integration (JTDI) website.

    PM JTDI maintains websites for various Army aviation subjects and topics, such as Aeromechanics, AH-64, Black Hawk, Chinook, Kiowa Warrior and aviation ground support equipment (AGSE).

    Now JTDI is sponsoring another tool for aviation. Go to:

           https://www.jtdi.mil

    There you’ll find a new tab: “ Composites. This is a one-stop-shop for information on advanced composite repair issues.

    Over the years, aircraft designs have improved with the use of advanced materials such as composites.  An excellent example is the UH-60M Black Hawk, which now has a composite folding stabilator.

    The prototype integration facility (PIF) at Redstone Arsenal not only administers the website, but spearheads many composite repair efforts for all Army aircraft. Here is a short list of what you’ll find:

$   Lists of proper tools and materials for composite repairs

$   Approved, but as yet unpublished, repair procedures

$   POCs for engineering, training, and general repair issues

$  White papers full of information on a variety of composite-related subjects

$   Training resources

$   How to obtain free materials and equipment as they become available (such as prepreg)

$  A forum for questions and requests for assistance from experts in the field

    So check out the Advanced Composites website now so that you’ll have the know-how to repair composite material in the future.

    Hopefully, in the not too distant future, situations like someone damaging a Black Hawk composite folding stabilator because they forgot to use a cover will not result in a depot-level repair like it does now. 

    If you are not registered you can still access the site. But to have full access and to add people to the list of Army composite maintainers, you need to complete the registration process.

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