There is no fee to attend the FAA Composite Certification Tutorial.  It will be instructed by Cindy Ashforth, FAA Senior Technical Specialist for Advanced Composite Materials, will feature content typically covered in the CMH-17 certificationtutorial, which includes a detailed review of the content in FAA AdvisoryCircular 20-107B.

The tutorial covers the basics of FAA certification for design, production, and airworthiness approvals and requirements relevant t ocomposite materials and structures. Attendees will gain an overall understanding of aircraft certification and substantiation and will benefit from opportunities to interact with other attendees. The tutorial complements and extends the topics in CMH-17 Volume 3, Chapter 3 by providing added content depth. The tutorial emphasizes:

  • Structural substantiation and proof of structure of type design
  • Production support
  • Manufacturing defect disposition
  • Continued operational safety

Additional material will discuss newer industry engineering guidelines and regulatory guidance and policy such as:

  • Bonded repair size limits
  •  Damage threats
  •  High energy wide area blunt impact (HEWABI)
  •  Fatigue and damage tolerance

The workshop will be held at the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N. Webb Rd


8:30 a.m.           FAA Certification

9:30 a.m.           Composite Technical Challenges

10:30 a.m.         Break

10:45 a.m.         Composite Technical Challenges (continued)

11:15 a.m.         Material & Process Control

12:15 p.m.        Lunch (onsite)

1:15 p.m.          Static Strength Substantiation

1:45 p.m.          Fatigue & Damage Tolerance

3:15 p.m.          Break

3:30 p.m.          Other Requirements

4:30 p.m.          End