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Inspection of aging aircraft: A manufacturer's perspectiveDouglas, in conjunction with operators and regulators, has established interrelated programs to identify and address issues regarding inspection of aging aircraft. These inspection programs consist of the following: Supplemental Inspection Documents; Corrosion Prevention and Control Documents; Repair Assessment Documents; and Service Bulletin Compliance Documents. In addition, airframe manufacturers perform extended airframe fatigue tests to deal with potential problems before they can develop in the fleet. Lastly, nondestructive inspection (NDI) plays a role in all these programs through the detection of cracks, corrosion, and disbonds. However, improved and more cost effective NDI methods are needed. Some methods such as magneto-optic imaging, electronic shearography, Diffractor-Sight, and multi-parameter eddy current testing appear viable for near-term improvements in NDI of aging aircraft.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Donald Hagemaier
(Douglas Aircraft Company Long Beach, CA, 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
Quality Assurance And Reliability
Air Transportation And Safety
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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
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Aging Aircraft
Structural Airworthiness
Civil aviation
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