SAE CACRC has produced several standards, each representing the best-practice, recommended minimum training syllabus for the aforementioned target groups.
The purpose of this document is to promote the use of these SAE standards, particularly for developing training programs for employee training, qualification in airlines and maintenance organizations, and as reference in regulatory guidance material. It summarizes, as a quick reference, the content of each training document and its relation to and interaction with other training documents. Thereby it allows users to select the appropriate training documents and syllabi to establish a comprehensive, sequential training program build-up customized to the specific needs of the aforementioned functions (see figure).
This document does not intend to introduce new training content/syllabus.
Rationale: With the increased use of composites in the construction of structure in commercial aircraft, there is a growing need to train skills and knowledge in the airline workforce, depending on the individual staff function in the composite maintenance, damage assessment, repair disposition, and inspection.
FAA AC 20-107B and EASA AMC 20-29 refer to “technicians, engineers and inspectors”, as well as “Pilots, ramp maintenance, and other operations personnel that service aircraft”, these being the most generic descriptions of functions. Within these functions, personnel tasks may be further subdivided. As an example, “technicians” may be divided into “maintenance certifying staff”, “composite technicians”, and others.
The desired knowledge and skills regarding composites may differ significantly between these target audiences. Consequently, the appropriate level and duration of training and qualification may also be fundamentally different