Delta TechOps recently won the "Better Way" award from Airlines for America for its innovation in aircraft structure testing. This year is the ninth time a Delta team has received the honor.
"Delta TechOps supports the most reliable U.S.-based global airline operation and that means we must also embrace opportunities to innovate, as this team has done in such outstanding fashion," said David Garrison, Senior Vice President — Delta TechOps Engineering, Quality and Planning. "Congratulations to the team for the well-deserved recognition and for adding yet another Better Away Award win for Delta TechOps."
This renowned industry recognition highlights efforts to advance the inspection and testing of commercial aircraft structure, components and systems. The winning Delta TechOps entry, the Composite Inspector Training Course, recognizes Delta's contribution to an FAA-sponsored industry effort to improve inspection training for advanced composites used in modern commercial transport category aircraft, such as the Airbus A350 and Bombardier C-Series fleets.
The course is a comprehensive composite laminate training package that began development in late-2014 and was sent to more than 20 airlines in 2017. The training package includes six lectures, as well as drawings and hands-on training aids. The lectures offer best practices, special cases and lessons learned from in-service aircraft.
TechOps' John Bohler, Robert Hager and Alex Melton collaborated with representatives from the FAA, Sandia National Laboratories and Nordam to develop and beta test the Composite Inspector Training Course.
The Composite Inspector Training Course curriculum will be made available to the industry for voluntary adoption and airline specific customization.