Current Procedures for Assessment of Battle-Damage Repair of Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Educational note no. 8
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO DEPT OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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Battle damage assessments are the key component of an effective battle damage repair program. Under the current US Air Force aircraft battle damage repair program, assessment of aircraft battle damage can be conducted by both specially-trained enlisted military maintenance technicians and military or civilian engineers. Battle damage assessments are conducted and documented following specific procedures outlined in USAF aircraft battle damage repair technical guidance and filed with owning maintenance units, aircraft system program managers, and the SurvivabilityVulnerability Information Analysis Center. Specific ABDR technical guidance for each aircraft provides damage tolerance data for the purpose of assessment and repair. A basic set of tools and technical documents is necessary for the assessment process. Assessment can be enhanced by use of additional, optional toolsequipment and consultation with trained engineers and non-destructive inspection technicians.
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