Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research


Ben Humphrey






Instructors in the Federal Aviation Administration aircraft maintenance technology field have routinely taught some form of non-metallic structures, comprising wood and dope-covered fabric technologies for many years. Recently, a definite shift of emphasis has occurred in this curriculum from the use of traditional materials to the use of modem composite materials. The purpose of this article is to provide basic crossover information from the familiar concepts and techniques used with woodlfabric structures to the similar techniques used with composites and to introduce its unique vocabulary.



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