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1991 International Conference on Aging Aircraft and Structural AirworthinessCivil aviation serves a strategic interest to the United States. Thus, the need to maintain a high
standard of aviation safety is axiomatic. While the industry has witnessed phenomenal growth in the past two decades, the proportion of aging aircraft in air carrier fleets has been ever increasing-a trend that is projected to continue.

Certain events which occurred in 1988 and previous years and public concern about the safety of
the high time aircraft led to an International Conference on Aging Aircraft in Washington, D.C., during which a number of aviation safety related issues applicable to aging aircraft were raised and discussed among the conference participants. Various groups that have a vital stake in commercial aviation made certain recommendations which led to the formation of a task force and a broad undertaking involving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), industry and international organizations to insure continued airworthiness of aging airplanes. At the same time, significant research and development programs were initiated by the FAA and NASA to complement the broader effort.

In view of the success of the 1988 conference, the FAA desired that conferences be held annually
to disseminate information on the status of the task force's activities on aircraft certification and airline maintenance related issues and to offer a forum for participation by all interested parties. Thus, the 2nd International Conference was held in 1989 in Baltimore and the third in the series in 1990 in Bordeaux, France. Both of them, like the first conference, attracted rousing attendance and interest. Thus, the stage was set for organizing the 4th International Conference in 1991.

By 1991, the FAA and NASA research programs were yielding significant results, a consideration
that led to a larger segment of the 4th International Conference Program being devoted to presentations about the impact of the research on the other activities of the task group. Agreement had also been reached between the FAA and NASA to coordinate and integrate their respective program activities. Hence, NASA was co-opted as a sponsor of the conference.

A group consisting of Mr. Stephen Erickson of the Air Transport Association of America, Mr. Jesse Lewis and Mr. Richard Johnson of the FAA, and Mr. Thomas Crooker of NASA was formed to organize the conference. The members of the group are owed special thanks for their efforts that ensured the success of the conference.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Publication (CP)
Charles E. Harris
(Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 19, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: 1991 International Conference on Aging Aircraft and Structural Airworthiness
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Volume: NASA-CP-3160
Issue Publication Date: January 1, 1992
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.55:3160
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Conference on Aging Aircraft and Structural Airworthiness
Location: Washington, D.C.
Country: US
Start Date: November 19, 1991
End Date: November 21, 1991
Sponsors: Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 538-02-10-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Aging Aircraft
Structural Airworthiness
Civil aviation
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